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Wind is in the sails of green investors

Socially responsible investments represent a compelling opportunity and a major growth area, say advisers.

At the Money Marketing round table, Worldwide Financial Planning IFA Nick McBreen predicted there will be a surge in demand for green investments from the educated, wealth generators of the future.

He said: “Green investments are the perfect vehicle for people who are clearly saying they do not want to be involved with socially irresponsible industries.”

Richard Jacobs pension and trustee services Richard Jacobs said the common perception that green funds perform worse than standard investment funds does not match up with his experience.

Hargreaves Lansdown head of pensions research Tom McPhail said the rapid rise of the environment on political and legislative agendas will inevitably create investment opportunities.

He said: “Environmental issues have moved from the periphery, from Guardian- reading, middle-class lib- erals to become more mainstream. The more that Gov- ernment policy is driven by the environment and renewable investments, the more opportunity. Who is going to put the solar panels on people’s roof and who is going to put the wind turbine on David Cameron’s house?”

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