By Mark Atherton and Annabelle Williams, The Times
The clocks go back this weekend, and Monday is Hallowe’en. Amid the darkness, however, is the annual campaign to raise awareness that investing ethically is not only good for people, but also for the planet. Not so much a trick, as a treat. Good Money Week, which is co- ordinated by the UK Sustainable Investment and Finance Association and backed by financial giants such as Standard Life, highlights the options for those who want an ethical bank or a stock market fund that channels money into clean energy, sustainable farming and people-friendly practices.
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?
By Kate Hughes, The Independent
Tomorrow marks the beginning of “Good Money Week”, another of those campaigns designed to raise awareness of some seemingly minor issue that is always affecting someone else, somewhere else. But if you’re reading this section, the chances are this one is about you and your money and the attempt to raise awareness of sustainable, ethical and responsible investment. It hinges around the question of whether you know – really know – how your savings, investments or pension is invested on your behalf.
By FT Adviser
With Good Money Week scheduled for the end of this month (Oct 30-Nov 5 2016) sustainable investing in all its forms is stepping into the spotlight. So how has the industry evolved from the traditional ethical funds once considered by investors to sacrifice returns for social good into a sector that led to the governor of the Bank of England highlighting the implications of climate change on the financial sector?
By Life and Work
The Church of Scotland is collaborating with several ethical finance companies on an event looking at sustainable and ethical money. ‘Make Your Money Count’, to be held in Edinburgh on November 3, during Good Money Week. It will explore key issues around how we invest our money and give practical ideas on making money count. Click here for the full article.
By Ellen Teague. Independent Catholic News
The Ecumenical Council for Corporate Responsibility offers a monthly round-up of news from the Churches and other sources in the areas of economic justice, human rights and environmental sustainability. The July/August edition provides information on 'Good Money Week' at the end of October, which focuses on ethical investment. "Your Faith, Your Finance" a joint venture between ECCR and Quaker Peace & Social Witness continues to provide a wide range of resource material exploring ethical and spiritual issues around the use of money.
By East Kent Mercury
Representatives of an 'ethical' bank visited Martha Trust last week to see the work being done with the money it invested. Charity Bank uses its savers' money to make loans soley to charities and social enterprises. As part of Good Money Week, representatives from the bank visited Martha Trust, in Hacklinge, on October 23.
By Philip Scott, Money Marketing
Investors who have aligned their principles with their portfolio choices over recent years have enjoyed firm gains against more conventional investment vehicles. So why do ethical funds continue to exist on the periphery of the market? Good Money Week, formerly known as National Ethical Investment Week, ran from 18-24 October and once again put the sector in the spotlight.
By Jeff Salway, The Scotsman
Investing in line with your principles doesn’t mean sacrificing profit, new research shows – yet demand for ethical funds remains relatively sluggish. Funds that steer clear of controversial industries or which invest in line with ethical and socially responsible criteria have typically outperformed over the past 12 months, according to figures published to mark Good Money Week, which ends today.
By Simon Bain, Herald Scotland
Standard Life Investments’ Thomas Moore has made it a hat-trick of table-topping appearances in The Herald’s Citywire table of best-performing fund managers in houses with a significant Scottish presence. The manager of SLI’s £1billion UK Equity Income Unconstrained fund has climbed to a heady 21st place in the table of 4277 managers Europe-wide with a Citywire rating, for three-year performance to the end of August. His fund, however, did see its relative performance slip slightly in the subsequent month, according to Lipper figures for ILP Moneyfacts.