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  • Trend of Socially Responsible Investing - 14 January 2010
  • With the spotlight on global warming and people all over the world becoming conscious of their carbon footprint, many corporate companies are using their social responsibility programs as a marketing tool. While many are seriously doing what they can for the environment, others are indulging in "greenwashing", realizing that a growing number of investors are becoming biased toward companies seen to be socially responsible. This has given impetus to socially responsible investing (SRI), also referred to as ethical investing, or socially-conscious investing, in which both financial return and social good are maximized.

  • Corporate Social Responsibility - 7 January 2010
  • As authorities express concern over global warming and all its associated implications, consumers are encouraged to do whatever they can to reduce their impact on the environment. While there have always been groups of pro-environmentalists, increased awareness of the consequences of poor environmental management has resulted in a marked increase in ethical consumerism and green branding. It has also put a whole new perspective on how both consumers and management teams view corporate social responsibility (CSR).

  • TBL: Promoting People, Planet and Profit - 4 January 2010
  • Triple bottom line management refers to 'people, planet and profit', also known as the 'three pillars', which is used to measure the economic, ecological and social success of an organization – all of which are steadily gaining recognition as issues of utmost importance and even becoming deciding factors for the growing trend of socially responsible investing.

  • Triple Bottom Line - 7 December 2009
  • With more than 100 heads of state currently gathered in Copenhagen to discuss the global ramifications of climate change, the focus is on individual, governmental and corporate accountability for environment damaging practices and encouraging commitment to make the necessary changes. The world of finance and investing has also been impacted by environmental concerns, giving rise to ethical consumerism, green brands and socially responsible investing, with corporate companies paying more attention to what has become known as the Triple Bottom Line.

  • Wall Street Rallies in Response to Fed’s Latest Credit Crisis Plan - 19 March 2009
  • Wall Street responded positively to the announcement by the Federal Reserve that it plans to buy another $750 billion in mortgage-backed securities and $300 billion in long-term U.S. treasuries over the next six months in a renewed effort to get credit flowing again. The plan was revealed following the latest meeting of the Federal Open Market Committee, the Fed’s policymaking committee that determines interest rates. While the news was not totally unexpected, due to the fact that the Fed had previously stated it may consider following this course, stocks nonetheless turned higher on the strength of the announcement. The Dow picked up by 1.2 percent on Wednesday, with both the S&P and Nasdaq gaining more than two percent.

  • Mood of Cautious Optimism for Week Ahead on Wall Street - 16 March 2009
  • Following last week’s unexpected Wall Street rally, the mood among stock market traders as they face a new week may be best described as one of cautious optimism. The Dow rose by 597.04 points to 7,223.98, while the S&P 500 gained 73.17 pointsto 756.55, being a 9 percent and 10.7 percent increase respectively. The increase has been attributed to a number of factors, including retail sales figures that were better than expected and encouraging results from General Electric, Bank of America, General Motors and Pfizer – all Dow components. However, it was likely the news from Citigroup that it had traded profitably for January and February that played the biggest role in the rally, as short sellers - who had anticipated that Wall Street would keep falling - were sent scurrying to buy stocks back.

  • Recovery of U.S. Economy Contingent on Stabilizing Financial System - 12 March 2009
  • Following a dramatic Wall Street rally on Tuesday which saw the Dow Jones industrial average gain 379 points, with the Standard & Poor’s 500 climbing 43.07 points and the Nasdaq composite going up by 43.07 points, the market inched slightly higher again on Wednesday, leaving stock market investors wondering whether this should be seen as a sign for optimism. Tuesday’s market surge has been primarily attributed to Citigroup’s report that the troubled financial institution traded profitably in both January and February. In light of the fact that Citigroup had reported five consecutive quarterly losses, made use of government assistance, and saw its stock fall below a dollar during last week, this was welcome news indeed.

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