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Investors worldwide support ESG investing, but still want performance

May 16, 2019

Worldwide investor demand for environmental, social and governance (ESG) investing is strong, according to a survey conducted by Natixis Investment Management, with 76% of individual investors globally and 71% of U.S. investors saying it is...

Fidelity launches fund focused on female leadership

May 8, 2019

Fidelity Investments has started a mutual fund that invests in companies with a high percentage of women in leadership positions. The actively managed Women's Leadership Fund was launched on Wednesday, according to a statement from Boston-based...

Cost of passive ESG investments falling

April 25, 2019

Despite steady growth in assets and net flows into environmental, social and governance investing, many advisers still believe ESG funds underperform traditional products. But objective evidence shows differently, according to Jon Hale, head...

A digital twist on investing in rare collectibles

April 12, 2019

Investors often turn toward luxury collectibles like expensive cars and paintings as alternative investments. But owning physical assets doesn't always make sense, even for the ultra-wealthy. A car-loving billionaire, for instance, may be looking...

Socially responsible investments reach $30.7 trillion

April 1, 2019

Global socially responsible investments grew by 34% to $30.7 trillion over the past two years, lifted by Japanese pension funds, retail investors everywhere and broad, growing concern about climate change. Europe remains the biggest region for...

There are big benefits to investing in family-controlled businesses

April 12, 2019

Investing in family-controlled businesses requires a good amount of patience and a measure of faith, but the benefits are hard to ignore. Exactly what constitutes a family-controlled business varies, but a general definition is one in which...

Giving advisers ESG insight so they can grow

March 20, 2019

Whether it's due to reports of heat waves or polar vortexes, or the realization that businesses that are good stewards of the earth also tend to be responsible with investors' capital, the demand for socially conscious investment products has...

Finra reminds brokerages of a client's right to a straight answer

April 20, 2019

A regulatory notice issued earlier this month by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority Inc. told member firms that they must "communicate clearly, and without obfuscation," when the brokerage firms or its managers are asked questions by...

How we fight climate change matters

December 13, 2018

Sustainable and impact investors are set to intensify their decades-long support for action on climate change on the heels of a recent report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and the Fourth National Climate Assessment, issued...

Don't write off ESG investments out of habit — the demand is real

March 23, 2019

Opportunities in the financial services industry rarely look as inviting as the current market for investments focused on environmental, social and corporate governance factors. At around $12 trillion, which is up 38% from two years ago, ESG...

ESG options scarce in 401(k) plans

March 16, 2019

By virtually any measure, the demand for socially conscious investment products has never been greater. Thanks in large part to support from women and young investors, investment strategies that focus on environmental, social and governance...

529 plans also miss the boat when it comes to ESG

March 16, 2019

If​ ever there was a market ripe for ESG investments, it would seem to be the 529 college savings program, which turns 20 this year. Even though most contributors to college savings plans are young parents who tend to be more conscious of...

How advice is changing

July 21, 2018

Adviser use of exchange-traded funds continues to rise, as does their interest in investments that take environmental, social and governance factors into consideration. Various surveys over the last couple decades bear out this trend. Two decades...

Lipper plans ESG scoring system for mutual funds

March 12, 2019

In the latest acknowledgment by the financial services industry of a more socially conscious investor universe, Lipper plans to roll out a system for grading mutual funds based on social, environmental and corporate governance parameters. The...

Investing to sustain innovation

October 23, 2018

Do we invest enough in creativity? The question may seem absurd in an era dominated by the "knowledge economy," in which companies create value through ingenuity and expertise, while many of the most important emerging product lines enable the...

ESG and impact investing: Do you know the difference?

February 20, 2018

As investors increasingly rally behind the concept that their investment choices yield the ability to positively impact social or environmental issues, interest in impact investing has skyrocketed. Of the more than 22,000 investors worldwide...

ESG funds have never been cheaper as Vanguard sets off fee war

March 15, 2019

The price war has come to socially conscious investing. BlackRock Inc., Vanguard Group and Deutsche Bank's DWS Group have slashed fees for exchange-traded funds that track companies performing well on environmental, social and governance criteria....

Yes, impact investing can be profitable

November 14, 2017

Impact investing is a growing movement capturing the attention of investors across the world. But too much capital is still sitting on the sidelines, which results in part from suspicions around financial performance. Throughout the industry's...

The death of the fund — and what comes next

January 28, 2019

Mutual funds and ETFs are dead. In the next few years, the entire rationale for investing via funds will dissolve. Advances in technology have transformed industry cost structures. Absent the need to pool assets for volume discounts, advisers...

Money in donor-advised funds can make impact before distribution

November 15, 2018

Charitable investors who set up donor-advised funds to ultimately give the proceeds to specific issues, like gender-based causes or environmental protection, may be surprised to find their money sitting in the fund actually works against their...

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