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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?”


Three’s a crowd

Our occasional series of look-a-likes continues with Winterthur technical wizard Andy Boyt and a menage a trois of mammoth proportions. Andy’s kind colleagues have sent in convincing evidence that he was separated at birth from the overrated Phill Jupitus and still reasonably funny Johnny Vegas. Their similar ages, facial hair and, of course, girth are […]

IHT hit for homeowners in eight years

The average UK homeowner could be liable for inheritance tax in eight years if house prices continue to grow at the present rate according to Stroud & Swindon Building Society.Research from the building society shows that the average homeowner in Greater London will be liable for IHT in one year, those in the South East […]

Bradshaw alerts IFAs to huge pension transfer market

IFAs should broaden their focus beyond rich clients or risk missing out on a potential 500bn opportunity in the occupational pension transfer market, says industry veteran Paul Bradshaw. He says around half a trillion pounds of transfer money will move over the next five years and all these people will need advice. The former chief […]

The power of speech

I always held the view that reading a speech is not the same as actually witnessing one. For me the body language and eye contact of the speaker can say as much as thousands of words.

The investment clock

While Trump blazes blond in the political foreground, it’s easy to overlook the economic background to the new political dimension of 2017. Political risk will be a feature of the year: the unpredictable and untested Trump administration has already created uncertainty, which is unlikely to diminish, especially if protectionist rhetoric starts to outweigh promises of […]


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