Can investors do well financially and do good for the world? Should they try? A common assumption about investors is that they don't care who wins as long as they're making money. For some investors, this mindset still rings true. Yet, many investors today want to make money and do good. Sustainable investing has gained considerable momentum in the last few decades. It delivers value by balancing traditional investing with environmental, social, and governance-related (ESG) insights to improve long-term outcomes.
Sustainable Investing: What Everyone Needs to Know demystifies sustainable investing for investors. Using a user-friendly question-and-answer format and insights from noted investment professionals, this book explores some of sustainable investing's most critical questions in a clear and concise manner. The book explains how this approach involves investing in sustainable companies or funds and can include any investment approach that considers ESG criteria when selecting and managing investments. It demystifies sustainable investing specifically for average investors and examines whether such investments have a place in their portfolios. By covering everything from the changing investment landscape and the roles of social and religious values in finance to how to build a portfolio with purpose, H. Kent Baker, Hunter M. Holzhauer, and John R. Nofsinger provide an essential introduction to sustainable investing.
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Chapter One: The Changing Investment Landscape: The Past, Present, and Future
Chapter Two: Corporate Social Responsibility: Delivering Both Profit and Purpose
Chapter Three: Social and Religious Values: Aligning Values and Portfolio Assets
Chapter Four: Sustainable Investing: Making Money While Doing Good
Chapter Five: Performance Implications of Sustainable Investing: Can You Have Your Cake and Eat It Too?
Chapter Six: Building a Portfolio with a Purpose: How to Benefit You and Society
H. Kent Baker is a University Professor of Finance at the Kogod School of Business, American University. He is one of the most prolific authors in finance, with 40 books and over 200 peer-reviewed journal articles. He is also the editor of The H. Kent Baker Investments Series at Emerald Publishing. Professor Baker is internationally known for his work in behavioural finance, survey research, and dividend policy and has consulting experience with more than 100 organizations. He has received many research, teaching, and service awards, including the American University's Scholar/Teacher of the Year and Southern Finance Associations' 2019 Distinguished Scholar.
Hunter M. Holzhauer is the Robert L. Maclellan and UC Foundation Associate Professor of Finance in the Rollins College of Business at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Professor Holzhauer is an award-winning professor in research, teaching, and service. Since 2013, he has authored seven book chapters and published 16 peer-reviewed articles primarily focused on socially responsible investing, behavioural finance, and alternative investments. Professor Holzhauer is also the creator and Director of the prestigious Student Managed Investment Learning Experience (SMILE) Fund and the faculty advisor for multiple award-winning student investment teams.
John R. Nofsinger is a Professor of Finance and Dean of the College of Business and Public Policy at the University of Alaska Anchorage. He is an award-winning author who has written 15 finance trade books, textbooks, and scholarly books and published 73 articles in academic and practitioner journals. Professor Nofsinger is widely known in behavioural finance, socially responsible investing, and the biology of finance.