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February 26, 2015 Socially Responsible Investing: An Overcrowded Trade [Part Two]

Source: Valuewalk

Other studies have shown that socially responsible investments consistently underperform local benchmarks. A study entitled The Price of Ethics: Evidence from Socially Responsible Mutual Funds, by Renneboog, Luc and ter Horst,...

February 25, 2015 Socially Responsible Investing: An Overcrowded Trade [Part One]

Source: Value Walk

Two weeks ago, I wrote an article for ValueWalk covering the performance of big tobacco stocks over the past few decades. And while the data itself is interesting — there seems to be an anomaly as to why big tobacco and sin...

February 23, 2015 The wages of sin outweigh ethical returns

Source: FT.com

Some ethical investment funds have done well, but generally they’re unlikely to outperform broader stock market indices. Analysis by Brian Dennehy at Fundexpert.co.uk last year found that out of 65 ethical funds, only 35 had a...

February 19, 2015 HOLY LAND PRINCIPLES GAIN MOMENTUM

Source: Holy Land Principles,Inc

The recent ruling by the SEC has put wind in the sails of the good ship, Holy Land Principles. That ruling stopped three major companies — Intel, GE and Corning —from excluding Holy Land Principles resolutions from their 2015...[more]

February 16, 2015 Guest Column: Why I will vote against divestment

Source: The Daily Northwestern

This Wednesday, Associated Student Government will vote on divestment from six corporations linked to the Israeli military. This debate affects me personally: I was born in Israel and will be moving back after graduation

February 13, 2015 Opinion: Sustainable investing helps your portfolio do well and do good

Source: MarketWatch

Sustainable investing has gone mainstream. Today the practice of seeking long-term competitive financial returns together with positive societal impact represents more than one out of every six dollars of U.S. assets under...

February 11, 2015 Sin wins investor battle of vice or virtue

Source: FT.com

Sin works. The long-term numbers, produced this week by the London Business School academics Elroy Dimson, Paul Marsh and Mike Staunton for the annual Credit Suisse Global Investment Returns Yearbook, showed that tobacco and...

February 2, 2015 U.S. investors more interested in socially responsible funds

Source: Reuters

U.S. mutual funds that invest in companies they view as socially responsible are posting better returns, spurring advisers to pitch them to their clients. Managers for these funds, known sometimes as "sustainable, responsible...

January 30, 2015 How to leave a mark through investing

Source: The Astorian

Impact investing is not going to replace government or be a panacea, but it’s one of a number of new tools to address social problems. If you want to leave a mark on the world but are unsure of how to do it, I’d say take a look....

January 28, 2015 Making a profit and being socially responsible gains steam with investors: David Brooks

Source: Mass Live

The big debate during the 20th century was about the relationship between the market and the state. Both those institutions are now tarnished. The market is prone to devastating crashes and seems to be producing widening...

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