impact investing

Millennials make an impact when investing

Millennials are driving the trend in impact investing, research from Barclays reveals. A survey of 2,000 investors found that almost half of young people are backing impact investment funds, up from 30 per cent in 2015.

Those aged under 40 are more likely than older generations to ensure their money is being used for good when they invest. Just 3 per cent of investors aged over 60 have made an impact investment in their lifetime, Barclays’ analysis reveals, and 9 per cent of those aged 50 to 59.

ETF analysis: How to profit from two of the hottest themes in town

Last year was a stellar one for exchange traded funds (ETFs). Global ETF assets hit a new high of $4.7 trillion (£3.4 trillion) as at December 2017, up from $3.5 trillion a year earlier, according to Morningstar data. That was achieved thanks to record-high inflows of $665 billion. The unstoppable rise of ETFs is testament to their appealing features, chiefly low cost, flexibility and transparency. These traits allow investors to use ETFs as asset allocation tools to lower the cost of their portfolios.

Think green investing is a bit of a gimmick? Here’s how that’s being changed

People who invest in socially responsible funds can easily find out how their portfolios have performed financially, but historically it has been very hard for investors to get clear information on the social and environmental benefits of their funds’ holdings. That is changing with the growth of ‘impact investing’, which aims to generate measurable societal benefits as well as financial returns.