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Does the performance of ethical funds stack up?

By David Brenchley, Money Observer

It is that time of year again when the spotlight is shone on ethical investing, all in aid of Good Money Week, a campaign that promotes investing in 'saint' stocks over the 'sinners'.

But while over the past couple of years the ethical investment sector has been on an upward path, it remains a small part of the £950 billion strong UK industry, accounting for £12 billion of assets under management.

While there is an obvious feel-good factor investing ethically, do investors need to be prepared to sacrifice profit for principle?

According to research from only three ethical funds out of 35 make it into the top performing 20 per cent of all funds over 10 years. The three funds are: Henderson Global Care GrowthEdenTree Amity International and Stewart Investors Asia Pacific Sustainability.

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