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Solar Energy Grows Up

Solar Energy Grows Up by John Fleetwood When subsidies for renewable energy projects were removed, the government was accused of acting against their climate change commitments.  Yet in recent years, the cost of both wind and solar energy has fallen dramatically. Fall in costs of solar and wind energy since 2010. Source: BloombergNEF May 2019 Read more

2019-08-01T06:51:10+01:00August 1st, 2019|Latest from John Fleetwood|

Investing in Social Enterprise

Investing in Social Enterprise by John Fleetwood Social Enterprise - One of the Positive Pennine Portfolio’s core holdings is the Rathbone Ethical Bond Fund.   This is a large fund of over £1 billion, so even 1% of the portfolio can make a lot of difference.  To their credit the managers of this fund have recognised Read more

2019-06-25T06:29:01+01:00June 25th, 2019|Latest from John Fleetwood|

More from Less | Investing in Sustainable Materials

Blog By John Fleetwood More from less – investing in sustainable materials The pressure on resources has never been greater, driving business to produce more from less.  In turn, this creates opportunities for companies benefiting from this tailwind.  For example, Triodos Investment Management invests in DS Smith – a leading supplier of sustainable packaging. DS Read more

2019-04-15T09:42:56+01:00April 15th, 2019|Latest from John Fleetwood|

Whats in your Box | The Circular Economy?

Blog by John Fleetwood Whats in your box ? You will probably be familiar with the boxes full of air and a tiny product inside if you are one of the devotees of online shopping.  You might also baulk at the amount of plastic that fills the recycling bin or be part of the ‘unboxing’ Read more

2018-12-03T12:08:10+01:00December 3rd, 2018|Latest from John Fleetwood|

Chewing Over the FAANGS

Blog - Chewing over the FAANGS by John Fleetwood The Church of England recently raised some considerable controversy when it said it would keep its’ shares in Amazon (just one of the FAANGS), despite the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, having strongly criticized the company for ‘leeching off the taxpayer’. Amazon has been the subject Read more

2018-11-05T09:03:39+01:00November 5th, 2018|Latest from John Fleetwood|

Can you run a Positive Impact Portfolio using Exchange Traded Funds?

Blog by John Fleetwood - August 2018 The rise and rise of exchange traded funds have been well documented. Low management costs and evidence that the performance of actively managed funds may not justify the extra costs are compelling reasons for using passive funds. In particular, the model portfolios used by robo advisers are exclusively Read more

2018-08-15T09:51:15+01:00August 15th, 2018|Latest from John Fleetwood|

Are ethical funds really ethical?

Blog with John Fleetwood - July 2018 Are ethical funds really ethical? Agro chemical company, Monsanto, has once again hit the news for all the wrong reasons, being the subject of a lawsuit on its Roundup product. This is just the latest controversy of a series to hit the company dating back many decades. It Read more

2018-07-25T09:11:26+01:00July 25th, 2018|Latest from John Fleetwood|

How Much Impact do Positive Global Equity Funds Actually Make?

Blog by John Fleetwood - July 2018 The IMA Global Equity sector is perhaps the most important for the positive impact investor since it is a keystone of many portfolios. Gone are the days when global equities were considered to be a peripheral investment to a mainstay of UK equities, and with widespread recognition of Read more

2018-07-05T10:00:01+01:00July 5th, 2018|Latest from John Fleetwood|

Positive Investing can make a positive impact on your returns

Blog by John Fleetwood - May 2018 Positive Investing can make a positive impact on your returns The myth of ethical or sustainable funds underperforming the wider market has endured over many years, but the evidence is getting stronger and stronger, that the reverse may be true, although there is considerable variance between funds. It Read more

2018-05-30T10:03:23+01:00May 30th, 2018|Latest from John Fleetwood|

Industry Heavyweights back Positive Investing

Industry Heavyweights back Positive Investing Blog by John Fleetwood - April 2018 Positive investing has been around for many years, but recent fund launches indicate that it’s set to take off in a much bigger way. Positive investing dates back as far as 1988 when the Jupiter Ecology fund was launched with the express intention Read more

2018-04-18T08:21:44+01:00April 18th, 2018|Latest from John Fleetwood|