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Green giants

The news that fund management giants Schroders and Jupiter are gunning for green money with new fund launches shows ethical funds are finally coming of age.

They were previously treated as a bit of a fad by many advisers and only offered by a handful of fund companies.

But with the fact that ethical funds under management passed the £5bn mark during the last Isa season, it is no wonder that more and more people are taking the sector seriously.

Jupiter has a long pedigree in the sector and the performance of its environment fund and others from the likes of Old Mutual and CIS, show that you do not have to sacrifice returns to invest with a clean conscience.

The only concern about the timing of these launches is that if the mega caps outperform, like many managers, including Anthony Bolton, have been tipping, they could get left behind by missing out on the benefit of the petrodollars and any recovery in big pharmaceuticals.

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