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Clients are showing more interest in impact investing, readers say

Clients are showing more interest in impact investing, readers say
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Clients are becoming more interested in impact investing, according to a poll of FTAdviser readers.

Nearly nine in 10 (88 per cent) said their clients had shown greater regard for impact investing over the past year, while almost one in 10 said clients were already interested.

Impact investing refers to investments that are made with the specific intent of generating positive, measurable social and environmental impact alongside a financial return, according to the CFA Institute.

Other research likewise indicates a rise in impact investing. A survey of market participants from the Impact Investing Institute found three in five said the UK impact investment market had grown by more than 10 per cent per annum over the last couple of years.

It also found that three-quarters of respondents planned to increase the amount of capital they allocate to impact investments, by over 10 per cent, in the next five years.

Meanwhile The Big Exchange, a DIY impact investment platform, has seen its customer base quadruple over the last year. Hargreaves Lansdown also saw a 106 per cent increase in the number of impact fund net buys in 2021 when compared to the previous year, according to the platform.

Chloe Cheung is a features writer at FTAdviser