Morningstar's Highest-Rated Green Funds

The green movement and the stock market – good bedfellows?

Green funds didn’t used to make much money, but as public and private investments soared, their assets grew – nearly 640 percent since 2001. And with the Obama Administration shoveling billions toward energy efficient projects, there is a belief out there that this could be the time for green funds to really make some green of their own.

Green Invests Here | See Complete Coverage
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But our Money Desk isn’t so sure. Tom Orecchio, principal at Modera Wealth Management and former chairman of the Board of Directors of NAPFA, says green funds are a good way to align your values with your portfolio – similarly to the socially responsible investing craze of the ‘90s – but you should be willing to give back some return.

Doug Lockwood, principal at Harbor Lights Financial Group, puts it more bluntly: he just doesn’t know if green works as an investment strategy. The performance data of these funds makes him cautious; instead, he offers, why not invest in great companies that are going green?

Morningstar’s Highest-Rated Green Funds

Alger Green A (SPEGX)
Morningstar Rating: ****
Invests in growth companies that do business in an environmentally sustainable manger
5-Year Annualized Returns: -0.60%
Net Expense Ratio: 1.25

Portfolio 21 (PORTX)
Morningstar Rating: ****
Invests in environmentally forward-thinking companies
5-Year Annualized Returns: -0.10%
Net Expense Ratio: 1.49

New Alternatives Fund (NALFX)
Morningstar Rating: ***
Invests in alternative energy and other environmentally firiedly companies
5-Year Annualized Returns: 1.43%
Net Expense Ratio: 1.09