'Millennial generation' most interested in investing to make a positive global impact

Two out of five investors under 40 - the so-called 'Millennial generation' - have made an impact investment during their lifetime, according to a Barclays study

THE so-called 'Millennial generation' is four times more likely than older people to invest their money for positive social and environmental impact, research by Barclays reveals.

Two out of five investors (43 per cent) aged under 40 report having made an impact investment during their lifetime, the study says.

But this falls to less than one in ten (9 per cent) people aged 50-59, dropping even further to 3 per cent of investors aged over 60.

Overall, investing with consideration for social and environmental impact is becoming more prevalent, with the number of UK investors that have made an impact investment growing to 15 per cent in 2017, up from 9 per cent in 2015.

Under 40s are leading the way, with the number of people making an impact investment rising to 43 per cent in 2017, up from 30 per cent in 2015.

Barclays' research found that younger investors would allocate the highest proportions of a portfolio to investing for the good of society. Those aged under 30 would allocate three times as much of their portfolio to impact investments as those aged 60 and above.

But older investors, who hold greater wealth today, are seen as a critical group in whom to raise awareness of and engagement with impact investing.

Barclays says different age groups will respond to different approaches, which the industry must take capture the interest of and cater to the whole spectrum of investors.

Jonathan Sloan, director of wealth & investment for Barclays Northern Ireland, says: “Younger generations are more naturally comfortable combining financial and societal ambitions when investing.

“However, it's the older generation who have more investible wealth today and whose choices help shape the investment market and the world their children and grandchildren live in.”

Barclays is a sponsor of a global coalition of over 1,000 collaborators, The Impact Management Project, collaborating to establish shared fundamentals on how to talk about, measure and manage impact for investors.

Mr Sloan adds: “Older individuals and families are likely to have been investing over a longer period and have existing portfolios to evolve to align their investments with their intentions.

"In line with The Impact Management Project, we've been developing our process to support these clients transition their portfolios. This means understanding clients' impact ambitions alongside financial goals that then can guide how we build their portfolios and report the outcomes achieved.”

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