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Guide to Sustainable and Responsible Investing



    However, there are many sub-strata within the SRI investment universe, with different means of focusing capital and it is important advisers know their green onions when a client says they want to invest “ethically” or “responsibly”.

    Furthermore, not only did the FSA in its final guidance paper 12/15 cite SRI as an example as a ‘relevant market’ for independent advice, but offering SRI advice is also regarded as international best practice as part of ISO22222.

    Adding a specialisation in this area gives advisers the chance to demonstrate the value of getting personalised, bespoke financial advice and also offers the chance to get a lot closer to individual clients.

    This guide examines the different shades of ethical, sustainable and responsible investing clients might exhibit; the pros and cons of SRI for advisers and clients; varieties of SRI product available; what can drive ethical investment performance; how an investment adviser should build a SRI portfolio; and some recent trends in this sector.

    Supplementary material supplied by Julia Dreblow, founder of sriServices; Mike Appleby, investment manager at Alliance Trust; and Olivia Bowen, director and financial adviser at Gaeia.

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    1. According to Mr Appleby, SRI funds have been shown to:

    2. SRI funds typically charge:

    3. The volatility of SRI funds is generally

    4. How do negative-screened SRI funds work?

    5. Why do some SRI funds underperform the FTSE 100 in some markets, according to Ms Dreblow?

    6. Which type of SRI fund does Mr Appleby are best?

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