You’re free to invest funds any way you see fit — provided the sectors and mechanisms you choose are above board.
And traditionally, industries like Big Tobacco, Big Pharma and Oil and Gas have built a reputation as big earners.
But as some investors become more attracted to transparent social and environmental themes, there’s been a trend towards socially responsible investing (SRI).
The big picture is that ethical investment specialist Triodos Bank predicts that the UK market for SRI will grow by 173% to reach £48 billion by 2027 and 19% of UK investors are currently planning to invest in an SRI fund.
So if you want to find out if it’s possible to cash in from funds that chime with your conscience, read on.
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As an individual or organisation, you may decide that the funds you invest in must meet certain ethical criteria — for instance, you might sift out any organisations involved in pornography or the production of firearms or fossil fuels. A good example of this exclusionary screening would be a cancer-related charity that doesn’t want to invest in tobacco stocks.
But as well as ruling out what you don’t want, you might want to screen positively and specify the types of industries you do want to include in your portfolio, so that your portfolio is potentially more proactive in advancing the causes you champion.
Several pooled investment funds can have ethical investment mandates, including:
But according to Ethical Consumer, you need to be sure that any ethical investment funds are fully transparent about their shareholdings and follow stringent investment criteria, that the company behind the fund doesn’t run conventional mainstream funds that contravene your values and crucially, that its financial performance over the past 5 years is robust.
In the past, a perceived lack of depth and diversity in ethical markets meant they weren’t regarded as profitable as their mainstream counterparts.
But the right SRI can be profitable — according to Wealth in Asia, a sum of US$10,000 invested in the ethically-focussed Parnassus Fund at its inception in 1984 would have expanded to US$253,936 by the end of 2017. And over a ten-year timeframe, the 10.7% return generated by this fund exceeds the S&P 500’s 8.5%.
Ethical investment appeals across the spectrum and is accessible for all sorts of diverse investors — from those with £5000 to spend wisely to large bespoke funds dealing in millions or more.
If you’re enthused about SRI funds, Chancellor Financial Management has a wealth of experience that will help you launch your ethical investment journey — and make money while satisfying your conscience.
Profitable peace of mind is possible, so contact us soon for a chat about getting started.
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