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These podcasts will help you find stocks, funds, and bonds that reflect YOUR personal values. Each podcast is filled with top analyst investment picks encompassing the best sustainability, ESG, and ethics traits.

My name is Ron Robins and I’ve been following this style of investing since the 1970s. Now it’s mainstream because it can be very profitable too!

Beginning in 1969, I held investment industry positions in investment analysis, over-the-counter stock trading, and global private equity sales.

And for almost two decades I’ve been a leading writer and tutor in ethical, sustainable, and socially responsible investing (SRI).

I’ve been interviewed or quoted in The Wall Street Journal, MarketWatch, Forbes, The Financial Post, BNN, The Globe & Mail, and numerous other media.

In 2002, I founded the globally popular and highly respected ethical investing website, Investing for the Soul.

Now, it’s my pleasure to help you with these podcasts to be successful in profitably applying your personal values to your investments.

And, please subscribe to my RSS feed and my blog.

Ethical & Sustainable Investing News to Profit By‪!‬ Ron Robins

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These podcasts will help you find stocks, funds, and bonds that reflect YOUR personal values. Each podcast is filled with top analyst investment picks encompassing the best sustainability, ESG, and ethics traits.

My name is Ron Robins and I’ve been following this style of investing since the 1970s. Now it’s mainstream because it can be very profitable too!

Beginning in 1969, I held investment industry positions in investment analysis, over-the-counter stock trading, and global private equity sales.

And for almost two decades I’ve been a leading writer and tutor in ethical, sustainable, and socially responsible investing (SRI).

I’ve been interviewed or quoted in The Wall Street Journal, MarketWatch, Forbes, The Financial Post, BNN, The Globe & Mail, and numerous other media.

In 2002, I founded the globally popular and highly respected ethical investing website, Investing for the Soul.

Now, it’s my pleasure to help you with these podcasts to be successful in profitably applying your personal values to your investments.

And, please subscribe to my RSS feed and my blog.

    ESG Energy Stocks for 3Q 2022

    ESG Energy Stocks for 3Q 2022

    Articles covered include: “Top Alternative Energy Stocks for Q3 2022”; “Ameresco: Alternative Energy's Best Near-Term Capital Gain Prospect”; “Alternative Energy Stock Quietly Having a Great Year”; “3 Most Undervalued Renewable Energy Stocks to Buy”; “2 Unstoppable Renewable Energy Stocks to Buy for the Next Decade”; and “3 High-Yield Infrastructure Stocks to Buy Now.” And more
    Podcast: ESG Energy Stocks for 3Q 2022 Transcript & Links, Episode 88, July 29, 2022
    Next podcast either September 2 or 9
    Hello, Ron Robins here. Welcome to my podcast episode 88 published on July 29, 2022, titled “ESG Energy Stocks for 3Q 2022” — and presented by Investing for the Soul. Investingforthesoul.com is your site for vital global ethical and sustainable investing mentoring, news, commentary, information, and resources.
    Remember that you can find a full transcript, and links to content – including stock symbols, quotes, and bonus material – at this episode’s podcast page located at investingforthesoul.com/podcasts.
    Now if any terms are unfamiliar to you, simply Google them.
    Also, just a reminder. I do not evaluate any of the stocks or funds mentioned in these podcasts, nor do I receive any compensation from anyone covered in these podcasts. Furthermore, I will reveal to you any personal investments I have in the investments mentioned herein.
    Please note that my next podcast will be either September 2 or 9. I’m taking August off to work on some projects.
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    1. ESG Energy Stocks for 3Q 2022 Now it seems that most analysts’ ESG recommendations in the media continue to focus on ESG energy stocks and funds. So, I have several articles with that view. The first one is titled Top Alternative Energy Stocks for Q3 2022. It’s by Nathan Reiff. Found at investorpedia.com. Now some quotes.
    “Here are the top three alternative energy stocks with the best value, the fastest growth, and the most momentum…
    1) Daqo New Energy Corp. (DQ) Is a China-based solar energy company that manufactures polysilicon for sale to manufacturers of solar cells and modules. The company also manufactures photovoltaic wafers. Daqo reported earnings for Q1 2022 on April 21. Net income attributable to shareholders surged by over sixfold while revenues quintupled year-over-year (YOY). This performance was driven in part by a jump in polysilicon sales volume.
    2) Excelerate Energy Inc. (EE) Is a liquified natural gas (LNG) company. It offers regasified natural gas delivery, storage, and other related services. It has operations around the globe. On May 20, the company reported that it had signed a 10-year contract with a subsidiary of Gasgrid Finland Oy to charter a floating storage and regasification vessel. The vessel will serve Finland and the Baltic region with liquefied natural gas and related services.
    3) Iberdrola SA (IBDRY) Is a Spain-based multinational electric utility company. The company engages in the generation, distribution, and trading of electricity. It specializes in clean energy, including onshore and offshore wind, and solar energy.”
    End quotes. My comment about Daqo. It’s still being accused of using forced labor.
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    2. ESG Energy Stocks for 3Q 2022 Now, here’s the second article in this ESG energy stocks theme titled Ameresco: Alternative Energy's Best Near-Term Capital Gain Prospect. By Peter F. Way on seekingalpha.com. Here are some quotes from Mr. Way’s blog.
    “A 3-5 month prospect from here of Ameresco share prices could reasonably range from a $46.00 low to $58.80 high from its present price of $47.30, a +24.3% gain.
    From Yahoo Finance. Quote. ‘Ameresco, Inc., (NYSE:AMRC) (is) a clean technology integrator, provides a portfolio of energy efficiency and renewable energy supply solutions in the United States, Canada, and internationally. It offers energy efficiency

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    Great Green Stocks

    Great Green Stocks

    Great green stocks and healthy health stocks found in these articles: “Ten Green Stocks I expect to do well over the next year”; “Top Health Care Stocks To Buy Right Now? 4 To Watch”; “Top 5 Companies That Pledged To Go Carbon Neutrality”; and “Best Stocks To Buy Now? 4 Renewable Stocks For Your List.”
    Podcast: Great Green Stocks Transcript & Links, Episode 87, July 15, 2022
    Hello, Ron Robins here. Welcome to my podcast episode 87 published on July 15, 2022, titled “Great Green Stocks” — and presented by Investing for the Soul. Investingforthesoul.com is your site for vital global ethical and sustainable investing mentoring, news, commentary, information, and resources.
    Remember that you can find a full transcript, and links to content – including stock symbols, quotes, and bonus material – at this episode’s podcast page located at investingforthesoul.com/podcasts.
    Now if any terms are unfamiliar to you, simply Google them.
    Also, just a reminder. I do not evaluate any of the stocks or funds mentioned in these podcasts, nor do I receive any compensation from anyone covered in these podcasts. Furthermore, I will reveal to you any personal investments I have in the investments mentioned herein.
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    1. Great Green Stocks This first article is titled Ten Green Stocks I expect to do well over the next year by Tom Konrad. It appeared on altenergystocks.com. I’ve covered Mr. Konrad’s picks before, so this is an update. His picks are followed by brief comments on each one.
    “1) MiX Telematics (NASD: MIXT) A provider of vehicle tracking and telematics to large international vehicle fleets.  The company is green because it both reduces accidents and fuel usage for its customers.
    2) Valeo, SA (FR.PA or US ADR: VLEEY or US foreign stock ticker: VLEEF) A provider of electrified drive trains, sensors, and comfort systems for the automotive industry.
    3) NFI Industries (NFI.TO C$13.39 or US foreign stock ticker: NFYEF) A leading international bus and motorcoach manufacturer selling a large and growing number of electrified vehicles.
    4) Rockwool A/S (ROCK-B.CO and ROCK-A.CO or US foreign stock ticker: RKWBF) A manufacturer of fire and mold resistant building insulation.
    5) Hannon Armstrong Sustainable Infrastructure (NASD: HASI) A financier of solar, wind, biogas, and energy efficiency installations.
    6) Veolia (VIE.PA or US ADR: VEOEY or US foreign stock ticker: VEOEF) A large international developer and operator of municipal infrastructure such as water, wastewater, recycling, and environmental remediation.
    7) Enviva, Inc (EVA) A vertically integrated wood pellet supplier to European and Japanese markets, where they mostly displace coal in electricity generation.
    8) Umicore, SA (UMI.BR or US ADR: UMICY or US foreign stock ticker: UMICF) A vertically integrated recycler of hard-to-recycle and specialty metals used in clean energy industries such as batteries, solar, wind, and catalytic converters.
    9) Avangrid (NYSE: AGR) One of the top producers and developers of renewable electricity in the United States.  
    10) Atlantica Sustainable Infrastructure (NASD: AY) An international owner and developer of renewable energy, efficient natural gas, electric transmission line and water assets.” End quotes.
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    2. Great Green Stocks This next article recommends some leading health care stocks. Many ESG portfolios contain the healthcare stocks in this article titled Top Health Care Stocks To Buy Right Now? 4 To Watch by Joe Samuel at StockMarket.com. Here are some quotes by Mr. Samuel on each one. Quote.
    “1) Vertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated (NASDAQ: VRTX) This is a company that focuses on the development of medicines… for the underlying cause of cystic fibrosis (CF)… Vertex also has a pipeline of investigational therapies in other serious diseases

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    ESG Picks. Great Corporate Citizens

    ESG Picks. Great Corporate Citizens

    ESG Picks. Great Corporate Citizens. Articles covered include: “ESG Investing: 7 Profitable Stock Picks for the Socially Responsible”; “Canada’s Best 50 corporate citizens of 2022 continue to conquer the markets”; “This Renewable Energy Giant Sees Even More Powerful Growth Ahead”; “Looking for Passive Income? This Renewable Energy Company Is a Great Way to Go.” Plus
    Podcast: ESG Picks. Great Corporate Citizens. Transcript & Links, Episode 86, July 1, 2022
    Hello, Ron Robins here. First of all, I want to wish my fellow Canadians a very happy Canada Day and my American friends a great Independence Day!
    Welcome to my podcast episode 86 published on July 1, 2022, titled “ESG Picks. Great Corporate Citizens” — and presented by Investing for the Soul. Investingforthesoul.com is your site for vital global ethical and sustainable investing mentoring, news, commentary, information, and resources.
    Remember that you can find a full transcript, and links to content – including stock symbols, quotes, and bonus material – at this episode’s podcast page located at investingforthesoul.com/podcasts.
    Now if any terms are unfamiliar to you, simply Google them.
    Also, just a reminder. I do not evaluate any of the stocks or funds mentioned in these podcasts, nor do I receive any compensation from anyone covered in these podcasts. Furthermore, I will reveal to you any personal investments I have in the investments mentioned herein.
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    1. ESG Picks. Great Corporate Citizens Now my first article has this title: ESG Investing: 7 Profitable Stock Picks for the Socially Responsible by Tezcan Gecgil on InvestorPlace.com. Here are Ms. Gecgil's stock picks and brief comments that generally relate to the latest material developments of the company.
    “Best Buy (BBY): A newly launched home pick-up recycling program will make it easier for customers to recycle old electronics. Deere (DE): Announced a new joint venture that will improve productivity, growing more food using fewer resources. iShares ESG Aware MSCI EAFE ETF (ESGD): Tracks the best ESG stocks. Microsoft (MSFT): A new data center in Finland will provide carbonless surplus heating to the surrounding region. Novo Nordisk (NVO): Positive results for a once-weekly insulin treatment will improve the quality of life for diabetes patients. Procter & Gamble (PG): Developed a 3-in-1 product to clean, sanitize, and defend against 99.9% of bacteria and viruses for up to 24 hours. Xylem (XYL): Developed a new wastewater treatment solution that will help improve nutrient removal, save energy and reduce costs. To help investors choose ESG shares, MSCI (NYSE: MSCI), a leading supplier of investment decision support tools, provides the MSCI ESG Rating.” End quotes.
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    2. ESG Picks. Great Corporate Citizens This annual ranking, though they’re Canadian companies, could be of interest to ethical and sustainable investors everywhere. The following descriptive article is titled Canada’s Best 50 corporate citizens of 2022 continue to conquer the markets. It’s by the renowned Corporate Knights group and found on their website with this commentary by Toby Heaps. Here are some quotes from Mr. Heaps.
    “Twenty years ago, Corporate Knights launched its quest for a more humane form of capitalism, placing people and planet ahead of profits, with the Best 50 Corporate Citizens sitting at the head of the roundtable to make business a force for good.
    A lot has changed for the better in that time and a lot hasn’t. Thankfully, the glass ceilings in Canada’s corporate boardrooms have been breached, with non-male members now making up almost a third of directors, double their one-sixth share in 2002…
    Racial diversity on large corporate boards has also improved: 9% of members are now non-white, double the 4% level in 2011, when we fir

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    Ocean’s ETF. Fastest Growing Green Companies.

    Ocean’s ETF. Fastest Growing Green Companies.

    Articles covered include: “Meet the 50 fastest-growing green companies in Canada”; “An ETF to Save the Oceans Splashes into the Market”; “Jim Cramer says he likes this alternative energy play for a high inflation environment”; “A Guide To ESG Strategies For Municipal Bond Investors”; and “2022′s Top Sustainable Funds Weather a Tough Market.” And more!
    Podcast: Ocean’s ETF. Fastest Growing Green Companies. Transcript & Links, Episode 85, June 17, 2022
    Hello, Ron Robins here. Welcome to my podcast episode 85 published on June 17, 2022, titled “Ocean’s ETF. Fastest Growing Green Companies” — and presented by Investing for the Soul. Investingforthesoul.com is your site for vital global ethical and sustainable investing mentoring, news, commentary, information, and resources.
    Remember that you can find a full transcript, and links to content – including stock symbols, quotes, and bonus material – at this episode’s podcast page located at investingforthesoul.com/podcasts.
    Now if any terms are unfamiliar to you, simply Google them.
    Also, just a reminder. I do not evaluate any of the stocks or funds mentioned in these podcasts, nor do I receive any compensation from anyone covered in these podcasts. Furthermore, I will reveal to you any personal investments I have in the investments mentioned herein.
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    1. Green Companies Now I’m headlining with this article. Though it refers to Canadian companies, these companies could be of interest to investors globally. The article’s titled Meet the 50 fastest-growing green companies in Canada. It’s from the outstanding Corporate Knights group. About half of these companies are public. Here are some quotes from the article.
    “Our objective was to identify outstanding Canadian entrepreneurs and companies that are gaining significant traction in the fight against carbon – with exciting new solutions that most of the world hasn’t discovered yet…
    These game-changing innovators include Calgary-based Eavor Technologies, which has a system to produce geothermal energy almost anywhere in the world, using looped water streams that tap the heat deep underground to augment solar and wind-powered electrical grids.
    Toronto-based Hydrostor has another plan for augmenting wind and solar grids, to free utilities from fossil-based backups such as natural gas and nuclear. Hydrostor uses off-peak energy to heat utility-scale quantities of compressed air, which is stored in underground chambers until peak energy demand requires the air to drive a turbine again.
    In Squamish, B.C., Carbon Engineering – founded by a Harvard professor – has created technologies to suck carbon dioxide right out of the atmosphere, for underground storage or processing into synthetic fuels. Bill Gates is an investor. 
    Oneka Technologies, founded by entrepreneur Dragan Tutic in Sherbrooke, Quebec, at age 23, brings affordable drinking water to coastal communities with scalable desalination systems, sustainably powered by ocean waves.
    And one of the women leading the cleantech charge in Canada is electrical engineer Miriam Tuerk. Her company Clear Blue Technologies is bringing light and wireless service to remote regions through ‘smart’ off-grid wind and solar systems…
    The Future Still, most of these companies are works in progress, their ultimate fates unpredictable. In publishing this list, Corporate Knights makes no promises about their prospects, or their suitability for investment. Innovation doesn’t work that way. But the future depends on their success.” End quotes.
    To see the Top 25 fastest-growing publicly traded green companies click the link on this podcast’s webpage and scroll down the page.
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    2. Green Companies Next. A massive area of concern for many investors is climate change and its effects on the world’s oceans. Now

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    Gun-Free Funds and Eco Crypto Picks

    Gun-Free Funds and Eco Crypto Picks

    Gun-Free Funds and Eco Crypto Picks. Articles covered include: “Opinion: This pacifist, faith-based fund-management company is fighting gun violence in its own way”; “Values-based Investing: 3 ESG, Sharia-compliant ETFs To Know”; “This Renewable Energy Stock Is Plugging Into 2 Potentially Massive Market Opportunities”; Kraft Heinz A Top Socially Responsible Dividend Stock With 4.3% Yield”; and “The Five Best Eco-Friendly Cryptocurrencies.”
    Podcast: Gun-Free Funds and Eco Crypto Picks Transcript & Links, Episode 84, June 3, 2022
    Hello, Ron Robins here. Welcome to my podcast episode 84 published on June 3, 2022, titled “Gun-Free Funds and Eco Crypto Picks” — and presented by Investing for the Soul. Investingforthesoul.com is your site for vital global ethical and sustainable investing mentoring, news, commentary, information, and resources.
    Remember that you can find a full transcript, and links to content – including stock symbols, quotes, and bonus material – at this episode’s podcast page located at investingforthesoul.com/podcasts.
    Now if any terms are unfamiliar to you, simply Google them.
    Also, just a reminder. I do not evaluate any of the stocks or funds mentioned in these podcasts, nor do I receive any compensation from anyone covered in these podcasts. Furthermore, I will reveal to you any personal investments I have in the investments mentioned herein.
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    1. Gun-Free Funds With all the talk about the horrific gun violence in the US, investors often wonder if they can invest in gun-free funds? This article on MarketWatch provides insight into one such fund. It’s titled, Opinion: This pacifist, faith-based fund-management company is fighting gun violence in its own way. It’s by Debbie Carlson.
    Here are some quotes.
    “Faith-based investment funds have long tried to reduce gun violence through advocacy, with some success.
    One fund family, Praxis Mutual Funds, has worked on this issue in conjunction with other faith-based groups for at least 20 years. The fund manager follows pacifist values, so it has no weapons investments in its $2 billion asset pool…
    Mark Regier, vice president of stewardship investing and director of sales for Praxis Mutual Funds in Goshen, Indiana, spoke to MarketWatch about the company’s work, some of the limits of investor advocacy and a solution he wishes for.
    Q and A MarketWatch: Faith-based investment funds have tried to reduce gun violence for many years now. What are some of Praxis’ efforts?
    Regier: Starting in 2018-2019, we started looking at how the credit-card companies and banks are involved. Citigroup (C) imposed new restrictions on lending to retail clients involved in the gun business. Car rental companies like Hertz (HTZ) and Alamo, national hotels like Wyndham (WH) and Best Western, airlines like Delta (DAL) and United (UAL) stopped offering National Rifle Association-related promotions.
    We’ve been involved with conversations that led to Dick’s Sporting Goods (DKS) and Walmart (WMT) ending the sales of some of their weapons. Kroger (KR) has chosen to exit the firearms business…
    Marketwatch: Many gun manufacturers are small-cap and mid-cap stocks, so the direct financial effect is limited. But it’s the cultural aspect that looms large and makes it a tougher fight — that’s what it sounds like.
    Regier: … On the cultural issue, there may be lessons learned with the advocacy of reducing tobacco use, like media not making it sexy. There’s a lot to be explored there (to apply to lowering gun violence). But the hill to climb on this issue is a lot tougher because our cultural attachment to the renegade, lone-justice-seeking gunman … We also have easy access to guns and a desensitization to violence as a solution…
    MarketWatch: How can investors think about this issue?
    Regier: It’s an opportunity to reflect on one’s own values to u

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    Best US Corporate Citizens. And More.

    Best US Corporate Citizens. And More.

    Best US Corporate Citizens. And More. Articles covered include: “5 Renewable Energy Stocks To Watch In The Stock Market Today”; “100 Best Corporate Citizens”; “2 green stocks that I think are no-brainer buys for the future”; “A top fund manager has been buying these ASX tech shares after the market selloff”; and much, much, more
    Podcast: Best US Corporate Citizens. And More Transcript & Links, Episode 83, May 20, 2022
    Hello, Ron Robins here. Welcome to my podcast episode 83 published on May 20, 2022, titled “Best US Corporate Citizens. And More” — and presented by Investing for the Soul. Investingforthesoul.com is your site for vital global ethical and sustainable investing mentoring, news, commentary, information, and resources.
    Remember that you can find a full transcript, and links to content – including stock symbols, quotes, and bonus material – at this episode’s podcast page located at investingforthesoul.com/podcasts.
    Now if any terms are unfamiliar to you, simply Google them.
    Also, just a reminder. I do not evaluate any of the stocks or funds mentioned in these podcasts, nor do I receive any compensation from anyone covered in these podcasts. Furthermore, I will reveal to you any personal investments I have in the investments mentioned herein.
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    5 Renewable Energy Stocks To Watch Now first off again to our favorite industry with this article titled 5 Renewable Energy Stocks To Watch In The Stock Market Today. It’s by Brandon Michael and seen on stockmarket.com.
    Here are some quotes from Mr. Michael.
    “Investors keen on renewable energy stocks may be looking at the likes of Canadian Solar (NASDAQ: CSIQ). The company yesterday made its first move in the battery energy storage space in the United Kingdom… Elsewhere, Algonquin Power’s (NYSE: AQN) Liberty unit is working with Meta Platforms (NASDAQ: FB) on a new wind power project in Michigan…
    With that being said, check out these renewable energy stocks…
    1) Blink Charging (NASDAQ: BLNK) The company currently operates and maintains over 30,000 charging ports across 13 countries. Additionally, most of Blink’s charging stations are linked via its global network, allowing users to seamlessly charge at any of its locations worldwide…
    The company announced record first-quarter results. Blink saw its total revenues soar to $9.8 million, a massive 339% increase year-over-year. The company attributes this massive growth in revenue to increased product sales and service revenues. Besides that, the company also sees 3,174 charging stations contracted or sold, a 99% year-over-year increase. With Blink expecting this momentum to persist through 2022, should you invest in Blink stock?
    2) Ormat Technologies (NYSE: ORA) Ormat is a geothermal industry leader that has supplied power-generating equipment for customers in over 30 countries. Apart from that, it also has expertise in energy storage solutions.
    The renewable energy company reported its earnings for the first quarter of the year… Ormat generated revenues of $183.7 million, an increase of 10.4% year-over-year. The company owes this revenue growth to its Electricity segment performance as well as its strategic capacity additions. Next to that, its adjusted net income came in at $18.4 million, rising 20.8% from $15.3 million. Accordingly, diluted earnings per share were $0.33, growing 22.2%... The company also provided its guidance for the rest of the year. Ormat forecasts revenues to range between $710 million and $735 million… Is Ormat stock one to watch?
    3) Sunrun (NASDAQ: RUN) It has pioneered home solar service plans to make local clean energy more accessible to everyone. The company’s innovative home battery solutions also bring more affordable and reliable solar energy… Sunrun reported its financial results for the first quarter of 2022. 
    The company saw its revenue increase by 48% to $495.

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