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How to navigate the world of sustainable investing ratings

Finance
Oranut Fankhaenel / EyeEm | EyeEm | Getty ImagesSustainability ratings are useful tools for assessing the environmental, sustainability and corporate governance-worthiness of mutual funds and exchange-traded funds.But how do you navigate between different ratings providers, especially when they can have different results for the same fund?CNBC looked under the hood at some of the most pertinent issues.What's being measured?"[Ratings] don't have to agree, because the underlying methodologies are different," said Larry Lawrence, executive director, ESG products, for MSCI.To compare fund ratings in an apples-to-apples fashion, one must not only compare methodologies (here is MSCI's as an example), but also at how the underlying holdings are treated in terms of rating distribution; carbon inte...
Op-Ed: Financial advisors help clients navigate through uncertainty

Op-Ed: Financial advisors help clients navigate through uncertainty

Finance
JohnnyGreig | E+ | Getty ImagesWe are in a challenging time, facing rapidly evolving information about the coronavirus and the effects on how we work and live. Markets continue to function and are reflecting this constant change, which means greater volatility. Those circumstances don't make it easy for investors to stay in their seats.When markets are good, there's naturally a lot of energy around putting more money in. When markets are bad, the energy is often about taking money out.We've been through tough times before. Just about everyone remembers the 2008-2009 global financial crisis, even if they weren't old enough to be in the workforce at the time. That period also saw the spread of the H1N1 virus. More experienced investors may consider the tech boom and bust of the late 1990s an...
Brexit divorce: Five key things the UK must navigate

Brexit divorce: Five key things the UK must navigate

Business
After cohabiting with the European Union (EU) for 47 years, the UK is now free to play the field.But as is already clear, wooing new suitors while also trying to keep a civil footing with the ex will be tricky.With less than one year to thrash out a trading deal, here are six five things the UK now has to work out.1) Who does the UK want to be?The UK is going to have to decide quickly which of its ex-partners' conditions it can live with - and which it is prepared to battle.Prime Minister Boris Johnson's vision for a global Britain is clear: open for business with an overhauled immigration system that puts "people before passports".It's not just about attracting investment. The government wants to be seen as the champion of free trade, especially as it ta...
New foldable drone can navigate narrow holes

New foldable drone can navigate narrow holes

Science
Dec. 12 (UPI) -- Drones can be used to explore environs too difficult and dangerous for humans to navigate, like a burned out building or the rubble of a collapsed bridge. But often, entrances to and passageways through these environments are quite small -- holes and cracks measuring just a few inches wide. Engineers at the University of Zurich have developed a foldable drone that can shrink itself to fit through small holes. The technology could help drones navigate tight confines during search and rescue missions in the wake of a disaster. Inspired by birds, which can fold their wings mid-flight, Swiss engineers built a drone that can fold its arms in order to fly through small spaces without sacrificing aerial stability. Researchers described their new technology in the journal IEEE Ro...
Atlantic salmon use magnetic fields to navigate, even when landlocked

Atlantic salmon use magnetic fields to navigate, even when landlocked

Science
Oct. 8 (UPI) -- Even when landlocked for several generations, Atlantic salmon can sense magnetic fields and use them to navigate, according to new research. Previous studies have documented Pacific salmon's ability to sense magnetic fields. To test whether Atlantic salmon also use Earth's magnetic field to navigate, scientists designed a series of fish pins, each with differently oriented magnetic fields. Researchers replicated the Earth's magnetic field using copper-coated wooden coils. The experimental fish pins were installed in Oregon's Hosmer Lake, where Atlantic salmon, originally transplanted from Maine, have been living living for 60 years. Scientists observed the behavior of 1,150 juvenile Atlantic salmon inside the pins. "We wanted to see how Atlantic salmon would respond if we...