Next Avenue: What you need to know if you want to invest in green bonds

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Traditionally, socially-responsible investing meant buying stocks of companies that weren’t in the alcohol, gambling, gun or tobacco business or that helped the environment, as well as mutual funds or exchange-traded funds (ETFs) that owned them. But lately, the idea has spread to bonds — specifically “green” bonds used by companies and municipalities for projects with eco-friendly or climate benefits such as initiatives for clean water, renewable energy, energy efficiency or habitat restoration.

In other words: Invest in green bonds and you can do good while earning a little income, too. That’s the theory; the reality isn’t entirely there yet, as I’ll soon explain.

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