Quick: What are the "three Fs" of investing? Fossil, fuel and free.
Students on dozens of campuses have been demanding that their universities divest themselves of fossil fuel companies. A handful, from Unity College in Maine to San Francisco State University, have vowed to do so. The movement isn't limited to campuses, either. Seattle committed to fossil fuel free operations last December, and other cities have followed in the past month, including Northampton, Mass.
Such an investment shift is feasible for a major institution or municipality with sophisticated, professional money managers, but what about for the rest of us? If you are not part of the wealth-management class and are interested in keeping your investments fossil fuel-free, your options are somewhat more limited.
You have choices, however, from financial planners expert in socially responsible investing to mutual funds. And you don't have to sacrifice performance.
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"There are no guarantees on anything, but there is evidence that you can do it and get market returns or better," said Matt Patsky, CEO of Trillium Asset Management. In fact, according to research published earlier this year by Impax Asset Management, "historical data shows that over the past seven years eliminating the fossil fuel sector from a global benchmark index would have actually had a small positive return effect."
One way to explore fossil fuel free investing, is with a financial planner. A number of firms have experience with fossil fuel free investing.
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RBC Capital Markets has a division called SRI Wealth Management that can help clients create fossil fuel free portfolios, and companies like Progressive Asset Management support networks of investment consultants who can work with clients on eliminating fossil fuels from their holdings.