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High net-worth investors plan to invest more amid rising confidence

High-net-worth investor confidence has reached its highest level since the global economic crash, according to a new poll, leading many to plan to invest larger sums throughout 2014. The survey, by the deVere Group consultancy, questioned more than 750 investors based in the UK, the US, Hong Kong, Indonesia,...


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Budget 2014: Osborne must lay out vision for greener UK, says Lord Stern

Leading economist Lord Stern has urged the chancellor George Osborne to seize the opportunity presented by his annual budget to boost investment and innovation in the green economy. Stern led the writing of a government commissioned review on climate change in 2006. He has since admitted that the review...


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Budget 2014: government must ‘turbocharge’ green deal and energy efficiency efforts

The government must “turbocharge” its efforts to encourage homeowners to make energy efficiency improvements to their homes, a leading sustainable investor has said ahead of Wednesday’s budget statement. London-based WHEB said this meant either replacing the “complex” green deal with “something better” or overhauling the scheme to maximise its...


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Cambridge University’s ethical investment policies questioned after arrest of Ukrainian oligarch

A Ukrainian energy tycoon who has made considerable donations to the University of Cambridge has been arrested, with campaigners saying the university must review its ethical investment and donations policy as a result. At the request of US security services, Dmitry Firtash was detained in Austria last week on...


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Blue & Green Daily: Tuesday 18 March headlines

Blue & Green Daily finds and summarises the top sustainability stories around the web every morning. We start with our own picks from Blue & Green Tomorrow. Resonance: matching social enterprise with investment Corporate careers with a conscience: challenge, success, making a difference – can you have it all?...


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Budget 2014: investors say shelving low-carbon policies would be ‘reckless’

The trade body for the sustainable investment industry has called on George Osborne to deliver a budget statement on Wednesday that supports long-term investment and keeps in place economic measures to boost the low-carbon economy. The UK Sustainable Investment and Finance Association (UKSIF) said the chancellor must avoid bowing...


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Investment term of the day: Enterprise Investment Scheme

The Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS) offers tax relief to investors buying shares in smaller high-risk trading companies. It is designed to encourage investment n companies that are not listed on a stock exchange. Investors can invest up to £1m in any tax year and receive 30% tax relief. However,...


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Ethical Consumer names ‘best buy’ sustainable investment funds

Sustainable investment funds from WHEB, F&C and Jupiter have been described as “best buys” in a new ranking from Ethical Consumer magazine. Nineteen funds are scored across five broad categories – animals, environment, people, politics and sustainability. The WHEB Sustainability fund came top with a total score of 14...


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Budget 2014: freezing carbon price floor will impact investment, warns renewables industry

The renewables and nuclear industries have urged the chancellor George Osborne not to freeze a tax on fossil fuels ahead of his annual budget statement on Wednesday. They argue that doing so could have an adverse impact on investment. Osborne is expected to announce a freeze in the carbon...


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Resonance: matching social enterprise with investment

As interest in social enterprises continues to grow, social impact investment firm Resonance represents an innovative way to connect social organisations with responsible investors. It aims to match social enterprises with investors who share their values and want to invest in sustainable, well-planned projects. The organisation is currently working...


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Investors to invest more in 2014 – but still failing to consider the long-term

Investors worldwide are expecting to invest more money over 2014 with almost half doing so for pension and retirement savings. However, the majority are failing to consider the long-term, according to a new report. The Global Investment Trends Report from investment firm Schroders questioned over 15,000 investors from 23...


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Report: responsible investment ‘increasingly important feature’ across EU

The European Union should support self-regulatory initiatives on transparency and highlight the benefits of responsible investment, the European Fund and Asset Management Association (EFAMA) has said. In its 2014 responsible investment report, the organisation said it recognises the need for the investment management industry to play its part in...


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Blue & Green Daily: Monday 17 March headlines

Blue & Green Daily finds and summarises the top sustainability stories around the web every morning. We start with our own picks from Blue & Green Tomorrow. Sustainable Shipping Initiative: a maritime sea change The sole purpose of investment is profit. All other considerations are secondary The ‘nude food’...


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Bogus green investment firm, offering 800% returns, shut down by High Court

A company that claimed to be selling biofuel technologies while promising an 800% return on investment has been shut down by the High Court. After an investigation by the Insolvency Service, Greenwave Bio was ruled to simply be a “scam”. Investigators said the boiler room operation cold called UK...


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Arctic finance initiative to invest in projects that cut pollution and waste

A new financial initiative that will fund operations working to prevent and mitigate pollution of the Arctic has been launched this week. The Arctic Council Project Support Instrument (PSI), a funding mechanism managed by the Nordic Environmental Finance Corporation (NEFCO), became operational on Wednesday. It will provide loans and...


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