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Greenwashing: Deciphering between Marketing Ploys versus Real ESG Products

Posted by Joe Trifiletti on 1/2/20 11:55 AM

Vanderbilt’s 295 solar panels show our commitment to sustainability.

Summary:

  • Companies who practice greenwashing can make both deliberate claims and unintentionally misrepresent their sustainability efforts.
  • As a Financial Advisor, you can help your clients avoid these bogus claims with resources outlined at the end of the article.

Many businesses promote their credentials with the promises of having green buildings, eco-labels, and clean technologies. But how many of these pledges are authentic? How many of them are just empty corporate spins? We called these inauthentic claims “greenwashing” in our past article “Will "Impact-Washing" Be the New Greenwashing?

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Topics: Greenwashing, Impact-Washing, ESG, Green Finance

Advisor Spotlight: Mike Evans

Posted by Jeso O'Neill, Chief Marketing Officer on 12/30/19 1:22 PM

 

Jeso O'Neill is a season marketing and communications professional with a passion for sustainability. As the Director of Communications at Vanderbilt Financial Group, she has the pleasure of working with a variety of dedicated advisors and staff looking to make a difference in the world through impact investing.Jeso O'Neill is a season marketing and communications professional with a passion for sustainability. As the Director of Communications at Vanderbilt Financial Group, she has the pleasure of working with a variety of dedicated advisors and staff looking to make a difference in the world through impact investing.Each month Vanderbilt Financial Group features an Advisor in the Vanderbilt family who exhibits the VFG values of Gratitude, Respect, Innovation, Teamwork and Trust on a consistent basis. These values impact their work with clients and VFG staff, and ultimately pushes for an excellence in their business practices that is unparalleled and incredibly unique. Beyond high-level producers, these Advisors offer sage advice and best practices for boosting your business on your terms according to your values.  

This month, we feature Mike Evans of Evans Financial Group in Cheshire, CT. Mike has a long career in several companies, and his knowledge is expansive. It was really great to chat with him and his wife/business partner Mary.

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Topics: Financial Advising, Independent Financial Advisor, The Advisor Spotlight

Shareholder resolutions: What are they and why should they matter to your clients?

Posted by Joe Trifiletti on 12/20/19 11:46 AM

 

Summary

  • Shareholder resolutions are powerful ways that your clients can exercise their voice as to how the companies they own and their portfolios are managed.
  • Shareholder resolutions exemplify shareholder activism.
  • Financial Advisors can represent their clients interests by signing onto shareholder resolutions through various resources outlined at the end of the article.
In 2018, we wrote about BlackRock being one of the many businesses that promotes good in the world by capitalizing its value on Sustainability. This year, CEO Larry Fink further proved that the firm's resolve is not just lip service as he continues to emphasize that the modern-day company should be profit and purpose-driven in his  2019 annual letter to CEOs
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Topics: Impact Investing, ESG

Debt Consolidation: Helping Clients Manage Debt

Posted by Joe Trifiletti on 12/13/19 1:22 PM

 

Summary:

  • In dealing with debt, you should get familiar with these 3 key factors when considering Debt Consolidation, 3 common Debt Consolidation tools, and their pros/cons.
  • Your goal as an Financial Advisor is making sure clients don’t make the same mistake twice that damages their financial health.

More so than ever, Financial Advisors have become holistic practitioners looking at the complete financial wellness of their clients. Long gone are the days of transaction-based FAs handling 401ks and investments for retirement – Financial Advisors have become embedded in the personal lives of their clients, offering advice on a myriad of financial (and sometimes non-financial) needs.

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Topics: Financial advisor

Tips to Avoid Getting Scammed by a Social Enterprise

Posted by Joe Trifiletti on 11/22/19 4:10 PM

 

Editor's Note: This is the third and final post in a series for International Fraud Awareness Week, November 17-23. Fraud is one of the most serious issues clients deal with today. We hope that through this series, Financial Advisors gain a deeper awareness of the types of fraud their clients face and an understanding of how to help spot it before any damage is done.

TL;DR Summary:

  • Social Enterprise Fraud undermines the reputation of the Financial Institutions and Advisors who offer unique opportunities for clients to have impact with their investments.
  • There are 5 common types of Social Enterprise Fraud that investors need to be aware of: illegitimate enterprises, corruption, charity fraud, identity theft, and phishing.
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Topics: Financial Advising, Financial Fraud

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