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Source: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ec_D0_YwH8A Investing in all forms of alternative energy has been a hot topic for a long time. Renewable energy is a win-win for everyone: the earth, the investor, the community and the technology companies that make the energy products. This is a great video by journeymantv.com in reviewing a renewable energy project in a small community in Germany. The narrator takes us on a tour throughout the area to show how members of a small town each enrolled in small scale renewable energy efforts.
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A CBC News presentation in an interview with Peter Puccetti of Goodwood Funds. Mr. Puccetti brings a number of positive reasons why one would invest in renewable energy funds with the example of one particular international company, Boralax. The questions and answers are relevant to what anyone needs to consider when investing in any renewable energy technology. Continue Reading »

Renewable Energy Mutual Funds 101 – How To Invest In Them And How To Measure Their Performance.

The renewable energy market is growing steadily, and it is getting a lot of attention from investors. As you are reading this then you are one of many people right now looking to put renewable energy into their portfolio!

This industry as a whole is currently receiving a huge amount of capital via a number of investment tools, such as initial public offerings, private investment initiatives, and government funding. Companies dealing with various types of renewable energy like solar, wind, geothermal, tidal, and biomass are seeking to raise capital to fund new inventions and initiatives. Renewable energy mutual funds are a great way to participate in the promotion of clean energy and receive a long-term substantial return on your investment while you are at it.
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How To Invest In Renewable Energy Mutual Funds And Companies - Some Invaluable Tips For The Consciencous Investor

It is wise to consider investing in companies that are established when dealing with the renewable energy market. Doing so is much less risky than putting your money in small start-ups. Some examples of established companies include: Johnson Controls, Sharp Solar, Waste Management, and GE. Also, you might want to consider investing your money in companies that participate in the Climate Action Partnership, which includes companies lobbying for carbon dioxide emissions reduction worldwide. Examples of these are DuPont, Caterpillar, GE, Alcoa, PG&E, Duke Energy, FPL Group, Lehman Brothers, BP, and PNM Resources.

You can look out for new renewable energy mutual funds that are just beginning to form. Current examples of such funds include Guinness Atkinson Alternative Energy Fund and the New Alternatives Fund. Also, check out ETF’s, which are exchange traded funds that you can sell and buy similar to stocks. Examples of these are PowerShares WilderHill Progressive Energy and Clean Energy, First Trust NASDAQ Clean Edge US Liquid.

So whether you want to put your money into green mutual funds, individual compaines or both, keep these tips in mind, and make sure you do lots of research. Knowledge isn’t everything in this, what is at times, unpredictable game, but the more of it you have, the better your chances.

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How To Invest In Renewable Energy Mutual Funds And Companies - Some Invaluable Tips For The Consciencous Investor

Let’s face it – oil and other fossil fuels are not only harmful to our planet, but they will not last forever. This is why a big part of the investment world is looking increasingly to renewable energy. There is tremendous interest among investors, as many wonder exactly how to invest in renewable energy mutual funds and invest in renewable energy companies. Now you can participate in the transformation of our planet by investing in various alternative energy sources, such as solar, wind, biofuels, biomass, geothermal, ocean energy, etc. Here are some valuable tips on how to invest in renewable energy mutual funds and how to invest in renewable energy companies.
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Green Investments And Green Mutual Funds Are Exploding - 90% Of The The Big Global Investors Now Want Them.

The New Energy World Network (also referred to as NEWN) recently commissioned research, which found that about 90 percent of private equity, venture capital funds, insurance, and pension funds want to have a certain amount of exposure to clean technology, renewable energy, and investments related to sustainability. Over two thirds stated that they have either made green investments or will do so within the following three years.
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The Top Alternative Energy Mutual Funds - 4 Tips On How To Evaluate Them

3 – Sector Allocation

Investors should look for a low allocation to solar stocks and a high allocation to stocks related to energy efficiency. Hydro, geothermal, the electic grid and alternative transport are considered to be good sectors and the best performing mutual funds probably have these sectors in their portfolios. They most often than not, however, make up a small percentage of mutual fund portfolios. Some green funds have an allocation to “other,” and this should be as small as possible, as this represents compaines that have operations that are not clean green energy related.

4 – Value

Renewable energy is a growth sector, as it is fairly new and building up from a small base. This however does not mean that green energy has no value stocks. In the market as a whole, over the long term value stocks have regularly beaten growth stocks, and I am sure that this will continue. Mutual funds that emphasize value stocks are therefore preferred.

Of-course, no one mutual fund will ever be objectively the best in terms of all of the above factors. Your choice all comes down to priorities. What is most important to you – purely the cost? (in which case you should then be looking at the ETF option), or is it the balance of allocation and diversification? Determine your priorities, and then you will be in the best position to find the mutual fund which is best for you.

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The Top Alternative Energy Mutual Funds - 4 Tips On How To Evaluate Them

Sick of the numerous fees that super-earning mutual fund managers get to put towards their new BM? Well then you are not the only one, and for that reason many investors have turned to EFT’s. However, it is important to keep in mind that unlike many standard mutual funds, the evidence suggests that in the renewable energy sector the active management of mutual funds means that they outperform ETF’s. The top alternative energy mutual funds can be a great bet for investors “with a conscience” or simply for investors who think that they are a good bet.
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5 Key Alternative Energy Investment Principles And The Mutual Fund That Has Best Applied Them.

In terms of electric grid stocks, nearly 8% of its portfolio is invested in them, which is higher than the majority of other green funds (principle 1). Green building is an important part of the Winnslow fund’s portfolio, something that other funds don’t emphasize, which means that the fund has a good allocation into energy efficiency (principle 3). This is possibly the most important of all the principles. The Windslow fund also has over 6% of its portfolio invested into transportation (principle 4) and a low allocation to producers of biofuel (principle 2), although it must be said that its biomass allocation is mostly nothing more than metal recyclers.

So if green energy mutual funds are your thing, I recommend that you research further into the Winslow Green Growth Fund. Remember, when chosing such a fund there is much more to it than just analysing the performance of the fund in recent times – you must also be aware of the fundaments of the alternative energy sector, and where it is heading in the short, medium and long term.

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5 Key Alternative Energy Investment Principles And The Mutual Fund That Has Best Applied Them.

Calling all socially aware investors! I have found out which mutual fund has applied what I consider 5 of the key alternative energy investment principles. Before we get to that though, and as a sidenote, the cheapest green energy mutual fund with the most generous cost assumptions will still cost you no less than 1% per year more than your average green ETF. It is, however, very difficult for mutual fund managers to beat the market, particularly by 1.5% per year. For this reason many people choose alternative energy investment ETFs above mutual funds, which are passively managed and low cost.
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