Ethical funds fly off the shelves in 2015, but don’t get too excited

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Retail sales of ethical funds were £715 million in 2015, the highest on record. In norm-speak, this means that in 2015, more people than ever before decided to invest in an ethical fund. Hooray for good investments.

It’s bitter sweet though, because despite these chunky numbers, ethical funds sales still make up the same proportion of all funds available in the UK, at a piddly 1.2 per cent, according to the Investment Association, the trade body.

This means that against a backdrop of an overall increase in the amount of money being invested, the increase in ethical investments is unremarkable.

Still – it’s better than a decrease in the proportion – at least the growth rate in ethical funds is keeping pace with the mainstream competition.

The IA’s full press release covering all sectors can be found here. And here are the figures showing changes in sales of ethical funds since 2005.

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Lisa Stanley

Lisa has spent more than 15 years communicating about and promoting good money and financial services. She was head of communications at the pioneering ethical bank, Triodos, for five years until last summer. Prior to this, she worked at comms agency Bray Leino, and was partner and associate director at Lansons Communications, one of the UK’s biggest financial services PR firms.