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Socially Responsible ETFs

After 10 years of business, Tesla is finally starting to gain traction in the U.S. market and will be posting profits for the first time since going public. There have been strong words on both sides about Tesla’s second production vehicle, but after the Model S won Motor Trend Car of the Year earlier this spring Tesla stock has experienced a meteoric rise in price. Elon Musk’s car company has pushed back against allegations that their Model S is just another electric pipe dream to prove that you don’t need gas to make a car people want to drive, and yet many auto-focused ETFs are missing out on these strong returns [see also How To Take Profits And Cut Losses When Trading ETFs].

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Innovation remains a driving force in the ETF universe and the increasingly diverse product lineup is evidence of this phenomenon. Socially responsible investing is by no means a new concept as mutual funds have been employing “sustainable” investing strategies for years now; however, the introduction of this investment approach in an ETF wrapper has made the strategy easy-to-use and cost-effective, thereby inevitably attracting attention from mainstream investors [see 101 ETF Lessons Every Financial Advisor Should Learn].

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AdvisorShares has made another addition to its lineup of actively-managed ETFs, recently debuting a fund that will focus on the concept of sustainable investing. The new Global Echo ETF (GIVE) will be structured as a core allocation that will seek out sustainable investment-themed opportunities across various asset classes, including fixed income, equities, and alternatives. The […]

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Resurfacing fears surrounding the Greek bailout tipped markets south early in the week, although an optimistic outlook for Friday’s U.S. unemployment report has helped to ease uncertainties. Nevertheless, tumultuous trading throughout the week hasn’t been able to slow down activity on the product development front. Industry giants ProShares and iShares have laid out plans to launch a slew of […]

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The old adage “never judge a book by its cover” has been applied to a wide variety of situations over the years, from encouraging open mindedness in social situations to shopping for a car to, well, judging books by their covers. And it turns out this piece of advice can be quite valuable for investors […]

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Pax World, a leader in the field of sustainable investing, has rolled out the second product in its ESG Shares lineup. The Pax MSCI EAFE ESG Index ETF (EAPS) will seek to replicate a benchmark consisting of stocks in the Europe, Australasian, and Far East regions that meed certain environmental, social, and governance criteria. EAPS […]

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Recent years have seen a tremendous expansion of the ETF universe, in terms of both the number of products and total assets. Though the majority of ETF assets are still in domestic equity funds, the bulk of the innovation has taken place in other corners of the market; options for fixed income and commodity exposure […]

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As the ETF industry has exploded and investors have poured cash from traditional mutual funds into these investments, a number of interesting ETFs have popped up attempting to establish market share. One interesting sector consists of socially responsible ETFs, which generally invest in companies with positive and ethical environmental and social policies. These funds will often avoid companies […]

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