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Ethical investments less risky than mainstream counterparts

Ethical investment funds may be less risky than their mainstream counterparts according to a survey by ethical research group Eiris.

The study &#34Does ethical investment pay?&#34 tracked 15 leading ethical funds and found the volatility of the funds was less than the conventional market.

It found ethical funds achieved an annualised volatility rating of 10.4 per cent compared to the average UK growth sector rating of 10.9 per cent.

Eiris executive director Peter Webster says: &#34Our research into the financial performance of ethical unit trusts destroys the myth that ethical investment is eccentric and risky business.&#34


Halifax poach Spowart from Standard Life Bank

Halifax is launching an internet venture aimed at attracting new customers to the bank.The internet driven will offer customers a range of products including banking, consumer lending, protection and investments. Customers will also be able to access the service via the telephone.Halifax has poached Standard Life Bank managing director Jim Spowart to head up […]

First Global launches virtual on-line IFA

New IFA First Global has linked up with The Exchange and pseudo network Anglo-Caledonian in a bid to become an online virtual IFA.First Global is harnessing The Exchange&#39s technology to deliver the online service to consumers which initially will allow them to buy term assurance via the internet.The operation is set to be launched in […]

Standard Life achieves AAA rating

Standard & Poor&#39s reaffirmed its AAA long term financial strength rating for Standard Life according to the Financial Times.The rating is based on Standard Life&#39s strong capitalisation and business position, its very strong operating performance and the high quality of its service.The life offices capital strength is demonstrated by its £10bn surplus and a non-linked […]

FSA boss backs cut-price stakeholder advice

FSA chairman Howard Davies has thrown his weight behind the concept of cut-price advice for stakeholder pensions. Davies was sharing a platform with e-commerce minister Patricia Hewitt, Money Marketing technology correspondent Ian McKenna and Advizas director of operations Peter Catt on the fringes of the Labour party conference in Bournemouth.The debate, entitled ebusiness@labourconference, sponsored by […]


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