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Many companies claim they’re socially and environmentally responsible and attract investors who value strong corporate environmental, social and governance policies. But is it true? (Takaharu Sawa/Unsplash)

Socially responsible investing can be like searching for fool’s gold

Is investing for competitive financial returns based on ESG principles like searching for a needle in a haystack? There's often conflicting information about the ESG bona fides of many companies.
Women-focused capital financing is supposedly aimed at ending the corporate gender gap. But many equity investors, still largely high-net-worth men, still view women entrepreneurs as being deficient — and are practising what’s known as pinkwashing. (Shutterstock)

Do women-focused capital funds actually help women, or are they just ‘pinkwashing?’

Women-focused capital financing is supposedly aimed at ending the corporate gender gap. But many equity investors still view women entrepreneurs as being deficient and are practising pinkwashing.
Taking a whiff of the marijuana flower. AP Photo/Richard Vogel

Should investors buy marijuana stocks?

A business ethicist explores whether cannabis stocks fit in with a socially responsible approach to investing.
John C. Bogle, founder of Vanguard Group, died in January. Reuters/Tim Shaffer

What’s an index fund?

The index fund revolutionized investing for millions. Its founder died on Jan. 16.
The new way of getting investors involved through crowdfunding will be treated just like any normal share issue — without any special tax offsets, write-offs or capital gains tax relief at all. www.shutterstock.com

Startup investors don’t get the same tax breaks with crowd-funding

New crowd-sourced funding legislation for startups is meant to provide incentives for investors - but it doesn't quite achieve that goal.
The coal-fired Plant Scherer, one of the top carbon dioxide emitters in the United States, stands in the distance in Juliette, Ga. (AP Photo/Branden Camp)

Green bonds are taking off – and could help save the planet

In the age of climate change, investors have different ideas about financial risk. Green bonds take social, environmental and governance issues into consideration, and could help fight climate change.
APRA and its chairman Wayne Bryes may be more prescriptive on lending rules in an attempt to curb rising house prices. Mich Tsikas/AAP

The APRA bandaid for the housing market is wearing off

The government's unwillingness to consider changing the tax system to fix housing affordability, makes it more likely that APRA may have to become even more prescriptive with its lending criteria.

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