Hello again and welcome to our ‘money’ issue of Blue & Green Tomorrow. With the end of the tax year (not to mention the budget) coming up, this seemed the right time to focus on finance. That’s not to say we’ve ignored our other favourite topics. We’re sure there are plenty of things to interest you in this month’s news and features.
If you have spare cash languishing in a low-interest account, or Premium Bonds, you might want to think about doing something more useful with it, especially if you have leftover ISA allowances from the current tax year. It’s also not a bad time to review your finances in general and see if you’re making the most of what you’ve got.
Penny Shepherd kindly wrote a piece on ethical investment, which we then circulated to a fund manager, a banker, a financial adviser and an investor to get their take. The end result is this month’s centre spread, which contains plenty of food for thought.
Elsewhere in the magazine we have articles on financial efficiency, mopping up end of year allowances, the trials and tribulations of a convert to ethical investing and a profile of a fund management company that not only believes Africa is a great place to invest, but also donates a sizeable slice of its income into creating jobs in that country.
One thing that comes through loud and clear in this issue is that there are a lot of positive people around. While many are bemoaning their fate and agonising over the state of the economy, the climate or the tax antics of big business, others are seizing the opportunities that abound for repairing the world and the damage to their own finances.
We have an opportunity not only to nurture our savings but also to nurture our world by wielding our spending and investment power wisely. It doesn’t matter if our daily life has nothing to do with ethics, the environment or sustainability; it’s what we do with our money that will make the difference.
Introducing our 7th Guide to Sustainable Investment
Tomorrow Blue & Green celebrates its 6th birthday – remember, remember the 5th of November – and to mark the occasion we are delighted to launch our latest and seventh Guide to Sustainable Investment.
The Guide has contributions from UKSIF’s Simon Howard, 3D Investing’s John Fleetwood and Pennine Wealth Solutions George Critchley alongside wise insights from our friends at ATI, Columbia Threadneedle, Foresight, Impax, Triodos and WHEB.
Click here to download the guide to find out the best sustainable funds available in the UK.
Guide to Sustainable Energy 2016
“I’d put my money on the sun and solar energy. What a source of power! I hope we don’t have to wait till oil and coal run out before we tackle that.”
We found the quote at the end of a great article on the New York Times Magazine website in its Current Thinking column, that was current thinking from 2007! It’s still worth a read.
You hold in your hand (on your smartphone, tablet or desktop) the fourth edition of our Guide and the current thinking remains we’d put our money on solar energy, but also wind, tidal, wave and geothermal. And nuclear?
Recently the UK government decided it would put our money on nuclear with the Hinkley Point C after months of dithering, perfectly illustrating everything that is wrong with government strategic thinking and energy policy. The wrong technology, with the wrong partners at the wrong price.
Which is why we’re delighted to have contributions from Tidal Lagoon Power, Abundance Energy, Bristol Energy Cooperative and the excellent investment organisations (Alliance Trust, Foresight, Impax, Triodos and WHEB) that are putting money into distributed clean energy and storage – the right technology, with the right partners at the right price.
And we also have an article about nuclear fusion – a technology which divides the environmentally minded. We don’t have a strong opinion on nuclear fusion and wanted to just present the technology. We believe you are more than capable of forming your own judgment.
We hope you enjoy the guide.
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