CHICAGO, Sept. 30, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Nearly 5 of 6 financial advisors say they are interested in values-based investing, according to a national survey commissioned by Incapital, a leading underwriter and distributor of a wide range of securities and investment products.
83% of financial professionals participating in Incapital's online survey say they are interested in "values-based" investing -- often used interchangeably with socially responsible, sustainable and impact investing.
Growing client demand was the top reason cited by financial advisors when explaining their increased participation in values-based investing. 44% of advisors mentioned client demand, while 41% of advisors saw values-based investing as a way to differentiate themselves from competitors.
In what many view as a healthy sign that the market for values-based investing is maturing, advisors say they are increasingly looking for products that provide a social or environmental impact combined with reasonable financial returns.
52% of financial advisors say that both financial and social impact goals are paramount when selecting investments for their clients. 28% of those surveyed said financial considerations are paramount, while 12% said social impact considerations are most important.
"We have seen a shift over the last few years in how investors and their financial advisors fundamentally think of values-based investing," said Incapital Managing Director Jim Schaberg. "The survey finds that while many financial advisors are looking for products that provide a social or environmental impact, they also want those investments to provide a financial return competitive with the overall market. Given the increased awareness among both advisors and their clients, more frequent offerings and a wider range of values-based investment options are additional indications of this sector's growth potential."
Advisors were nearly unanimous in their belief that the rising level of interest positions values-based investing for further growth. 45% of advisors see values-based investing as continuing to evolve, while 29% said it is part of a longer trend and 23% see this field of investing as just commencing.
About the Research
Incapital conducted the national online survey of 322 financial professionals from September 18-25, 2014. The survey respondents represented more than 80 firms nationwide. Full results of Incapital's value-based investor non-scientific survey are available at email@example.com.
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