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Q: We want to be “green” investors. How do we find earth-friendly investments?

Illustration of a hand picking a green apple off a tree branch.Diana says...
Look for terms such as “socially responsible investing” (SRI), “ethical,” “environmental” and “sustainable” in the name of a mutual fund product. They indicate that the money manager has used a screening criteria that focuses on ethical and environmental stocks. Many of Canada’s big banks now offer SRI products, and more are coming on the market each year. Unless you’re using an adviser, it’s much more complicated to find an individual green stock because you have to do all the research yourself. As with any investment choice, you should do your due diligence—check out the System for Electronic Document Analysis and Retrieval (SEDAR) website, which is used for electronically filing most securities-related information with the Canadian securities regulatory authorities. Its database includes financial documents, such as annual reports, for public and mutual fund companies.

Diana Cawfield is an award-winning financial writer with more than 10 years experience. Email her with your questions at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it