Socially Responsible Investing - Modern Applications

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Socially responsible investing is a booming market in both the US and Europe. Assets in socially screened portfolios climbed to $3.07 trillion at the start of 2010, a 34% increase since 2005, according to the US SIF's 2010 Report on Socially Responsible Investing Trends in the United States. From 2007 to 2010 alone, SRI assets increased more than 13%, while professionally managed assets overall increased less than 1%. As of 2010, nearly one of every eight dollars under professional management in the US is involved in socially responsible investing—12.2% of the $25.2 trillion in total assets under management tracked by Thomson Reuters Nelson.

Research estimates by financial consultancy Celent predict that the SRI market in the US will reach $3 trillion by 2011. The European SRI market grew from €1 trillion in 2005 to €1.6 trillion in 2007.

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