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ETHO Launches a Fossil-free Exchange-Traded Fund (ETF)

Yesterday Etho Capital, in partnership with Factor Advisors, a subsidiary of ETF Managers Group, successfully launched the world’s first diversified, socially responsible and fossil-free exchange-traded fund (ETF) on the New York Stock Exchange. The ETHO ETF is based on the Etho Climate Leadership Index (ECLI), an index of 400 companies announced in October that is completely divested of fossil fuel companies, rigorously screened for sustainability criteria, and constructed of the most climate-efficient companies in each sector, offering investors a product with…

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Sustainable Investment is Better for the Planet– and Your Portfolio!

As it becomes increasingly clear that traditional investments and holdings in fossil fuel companies are going nowhere fast, smart investors and companies are divesting from fossil fuels and putting their money into more sustainable investments. In a recent post on Grist, author Ben Adler explains that while divestment is often thought of in feel-good, sustainability terms– fossil fuels are bad for climate change and thus we should not support them– it turns out that fossil fuels are actually just a…

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Help Crowdsource the Most Sustainable Investment Fund on the Planet

If you’d like to help shape the direction of sustainable investments, without putting a dime of your own into the pot, here’s your chance. Oroeco, the company that believes that it should be “easy, fun, and rewarding to align our everyday lives with our core values,” is partnering with a few other like-minded organizations to create the world’s most sustainable investment fund, a diversified exchange-traded fund (ETF), called the Climate Impact Fund. And they want your help to decide who…

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Patagonia Invests $13M in Hawaiian Rooftop Solar Projects

What do you do to further your goal of using business to help solve environmental issues, when you already give back a percentage of your profits to environmental organizations, you’ve become a B Corp (benefit corporation), you’re convincing your customers that they can repair their old gear and that they don’t need your latest product, you’ve been actively working on supply chain transparency, and you’ve helped to create an index of social and environmental performance for developing better products and…

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New Solar Investing Platform Connects Investors to Vetted Commercial Solar Projects

The launch of a new financing marketplace for commercial solar projects could make solar investing as easy as investing in the public markets, and give investors the healthy returns from renewable energy investments that many large institutional investors currently enjoy. Wunder Capital, a graduate of Techstar’s tech accelerator program, is essentially reimagining commercial solar finance by connecting individual accredited investors with vetted commercial solar projects, with the goal of achieving average annual returns of 7%. “Wunder makes it dead simple…

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Intro to Sustainability Investing

Instead of investing just for the sake of profits and a healthy return, the world of sustainability investing is also focused on the triple bottom line, where the social and environmental aspects of a business are as important as the financial side. “Sustainability Investing is often referred to as Socially Responsible Investing (SRI), Responsible Investing, Impact Investing, Ethical Investing, and Green Investing. It is closely linked to Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) topics such as corporate governance, energy and water…

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Retail Bonds – The Risk and the Rewards

Retail Bonds seem to be one of the most popular investment opportunities available in the UK Financial Services market right now, with small investors flocking to hop on the band wagon and earn themselves some ‘easy’ money. The London Stock Exchange (LSE) launched its Order Book for Retail Bonds (ORB) in February 2010, offering continuous two way pricing for trading in retail size corporate bonds. This is a transparent and open market for trading in a range of retail bonds.…

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Crowdfunding Site Provides Capital for High-Impact Solar Energy Projects

Lack of access to financing can keep many otherwise worthy solar energy projects from being built in poor and underserved areas, but a solar crowdfunding site is helping to connect individual investors with solar energy businesses and working to bring affordable solar energy to communities around the world. In areas with limited to no access to reliable electricity, especially those with a lot of solar energy potential, the need for affordable renewable energy is great, but what’s lacking is the…

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