FYT Weekly News - 30th September



Ethical investment funds outshine 'sin funds'



For millennials especially, investing in companies that are a force for good is attractive.





86%


of millennial investors said they

are interested in sustainable

investing (Morgan Stanley, 2017)






DO ETHICAL INVESTMENTS DO AS WELL?


New data from Interactive Investor says YES, when comparing funds from the same investment house, even though they cost more to run/less choice of investment opportunities.



hang on... What is an Ethical Investment Fund?



Where money is invested in a basket of companies that are...


  1. Environmentally focussed

  2. Socially focussed

  3. Proactively avoiding harm


Avoids investments in things like....


  1. Tobacco

  2. Firearms

  3. Gambling

  4. Fossil fuels

  5. Partaking in animal testing



THE STATS


5/6

performed better

in the past 3 years


4/5

did so over

5 years


2/3

did so over

10 years



In many cases, ethical funds have a solid track record of outperforming similar funds run by the same investment house but without the ethical remit

- Moira O'Neill at II


The Parent Trap: 80% of mums feel trapped in their jobs




The results of Workingmums.co.uk survey...


Mums don’t think they’d find

another job with the same

flexibility ➡️



29% said they had a formal

flexible working request

turned down ➡️



more than 1/4 of these said

they were turned down for a

reason that’s not allowed

under current legislation



What is the law on flexible working?


  1. All employees have a legal right to request it (not just parents and carers)

  2. Must have worked for same employer for at least 26 weeks

  3. Employers must deal with requests in a 'reasonable manner'

⬇️ ⬇️ ⬇️ ⬇️


which means...


✅ Assess advantages/disadvantages

✅ Hold a meeting to discuss with employee

✅ Offer an appeal process



DODGY AIRBNB COMPLAINTS double



Complaints about holiday lettings websites have doubled, according to new data by consumer dispute site Resolver, exclusively revealed in The Sunday Times.



the most common problems


  1. Price shocks

  2. Poor customer service

  3. Substandard properties 


A STORY....




OTHER NEWS



Greg and Amber save and invest windfall


They split the £50,000 prize money. Greg: “I just saved it”.


Amber: “I’m going to invest and be careful with it”.



Homeowner tree chopper gets £60k bill

for cutting back 2 trees blocking light


The owner was fined:

  • £2700 for breaking a tree preservation order

  • £15,500 court fees

  • £40,500 for the value added to his house

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