Ethical investing

Buy, Hold, Sell: a trio of ethical stock picks

Sarasin Responsible Global Equity is unusual in having a prescribed ‘buylist’ from which the manager can choose. The list of 120 equities is constructed by a team of 15 analysts at Sarasin & Partners, the fund’s managing company, headed by Jerry Thomas, co-manager of Sarasin Responsible Global Equity as well as a number of the company’s other funds.

Is social impact investing really only for millennials?

More and more investment management groups now talk proudly about their commitment ‘to social impact’ investing, offering ever more ESG (environmental, social and governance) compliant investment products.

To cynics, this is just a way to attract millennial investors. This is typically the hardest cohort to convince to invest but historically more interested in the social impact of their financial choices.

Ethical ETFs: there's never been a better time to put your money where your morals are

Investors have historically paid for the privilege of incorporating ethical or environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors into their portfolios, in the form of higher management fees. However, this is changing. The average ongoing charge for an ETF that applies ESG values and/or screens in Europe has fallen year-on-year since 2012 from 0.55% to 0.36%, making them more attractive.

How to profit from the electric car boom

The rise of electric vehicles and car battery manufacturers in emerging markets, present an exciting opportunity for investors. Concerns on climate change and the fuel economy are key drivers of this shift towards an economy fuelled by electric vehicles. Countries such as the Netherlands and Norway are undertaking initiatives to help eliminate air pollution and widen the use of EVs by committing to banning diesel and petrol cars by 2025.