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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.

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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.

    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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    Best Clean Energy Stocks and Funds

    Best Clean Energy Stocks and Funds

    Best Clean Energy Stocks and Funds articles include: “4 ETFs targeting clean water, wind energy, the smart grid — and one that has them all”; “Best renewable energy to watch out for in 2022”; “3 Alternative Energy Stocks to Watch As Wind Power Expands”; and “2 Renewables Stocks That Could Have You Seeing Green”. Seven more!
    Podcast: Best Clean Energy Stocks and Funds Transcript & Links, Episode 82, May 6, 2022
    Hello, Ron Robins here. Welcome to my podcast episode 82 published on May 6, 2022, titled “Best Clean Energy Stocks and Funds” — 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. Best Clean Energy Stocks and Funds So let’s begin with this article titled 4 ETFs targeting clean water, wind energy, the smart grid — and one that has them all by Rachel Koning Beals. It appeared on marketwatch.com. Here are some quotes from Ms. Koning Beals on each of her four recommendations.
    “For some investment advisers and stock-pickers, so-called green investing is far from just a feel-good move… One such investment adviser is Daniel Milan of Cornerstone Financial Services in Southfield, Michigan…
    1) Is First Trust Water ETF (FIW) The fund holds 36 of the largest U.S.-listed water companies, ranked by market cap and weighted equally within five tiers. Milan says… ‘Our water thesis is short-term, intermediate-term and long-term…’
    In the U.S. alone, fixing the water infrastructure — including ridding groundwater of what are usually known as ‘forever chemicals’ — featured only behind transportation as the largest recipients of funding in last year’s $1.2 trillion infrastructure law…
    Milan said. ‘I’m from Michigan. Flint lived its water crisis and we all lived it to some extent… I don’t think that crisis water scenario is unique.’
    2) First Trust NASDAQ Clean Edge Smart Grid Infrastructure Index Fund (GRID) …  is a concentrated fund targeting global equities determined to be in the smart grid and electrical energy infrastructure sector, Milan says…
    The sector may include business in electric grid, electric meters and devices, networks, energy storage and management, and enabling software.
    3) First Trust Global Wind Energy ETF (FAN) Most wind ETFs are too small to pass Milan’s sniff test… The best, meaning larger, option may be First Trust Global Wind Energy ETF. It saves roughly 60% of its weighting for pure plays in the wind industry, including turbine manufacturers and operators, and allocates the remaining 40% to diversified sector, says Milan.
    This mix might frustrate some investors who envision a pure play. In fact, they may find more desirable wind opportunities in a broader clean-energy ETF.
    4) First Trust NASDAQ Clean Energy Sector ETF (QCLN) … holds a broad portfolio of U.S.-listed firms in the clean energy industry. Eligible companies must be manufacturers, developers, distributors or installers of one of the following sub-sectors: advanced materials (that enable clean-energy or reduce the need for petroleum products), energy intelligence (smart grid), energy storage and conversion (hybrid batteries) or renewable electricity generation (solar, wind, geothermal, etc.)…
    Milan acknowledges recent volatil

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    Great Cleantech Stocks and Faith-Based Funds

    Great Cleantech Stocks and Faith-Based Funds

    Great Cleantech Stocks and Faith-Based Funds covers articles: “3 Cleantech Stocks to Buy for a Greener Portfolio” and “Sunrun: 3 Trades For Investors Seeking Solar Energy Exposure” both by Tezcan Gecgil; “Religious investors who want to buy into companies that uphold their beliefs have these options” by Russ Wiles; and links to nine other articles
    PODCAST: Great Cleantech Stocks and Faith-Based Funds Transcript & Links, Episode 81, April 22, 2022
    Hello, Ron Robins here. Hope everyone is thinking how their investments are impacting the climate on this Earth Day!
    Anyhow, welcome to my podcast episode 81 published on April 22, 2022, titled “Great Cleantech Stocks and Faith-Based Funds” — and presented by Investing for the Soul. Investingforthesoul.com is your site for vital global ethical and sustainable investing 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, just a reminder. I do not evaluate any of the stocks or funds mentioned in this podcast. Furthermore, if you’re concerned about the ESG and sustainability ratings of any stock or fund included in this podcast, check your broker’s online site for such information.
    If your broker doesn’t have this information, signup for free with Morningstar and you can gain access to company and fund ESG-sustainability ratings. Please note, that I receive no compensation from Morningstar or anyone else covered in these podcasts.
    Also, if any terms are unfamiliar to you, simply Google them.
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    1. Great Cleantech Stocks Despite the recent turmoil in renewable energy stocks, many analysts remain positive about them over the next few years. In this light, Tezcan Gecgil on investorplace.com has this article titled 3 Cleantech Stocks to Buy for a Greener Portfolio as well as the article following this. Here’s some of what Ms. Gecgil had to say on each stock in this article.
    “1) Ameresco (NYSE:AMRC) It is a leading clean technology integrator offering energy efficiency and renewable energy solutions in the U.S., Canada and the U.K. The company works with government and private enterprises, serving customers ranging from airports and industrial installations to hospitals and schools.
    Ameresco released fourth-quarter results on Feb. 28. Revenue increased 32% year-over-year (YOY) to almost $416 million. Adjusted net income came in at $26.7 million, or 50 cents per diluted share, up from $23 million in the prior-year quarter. Cash and equivalents ended the period at $87 million.
    The group’s energy assets generated more than half of the profits in 2021. Analysts suggest the entry into utility-scale battery storage solutions represents a significant long-term growth opportunity. In addition, the integrator boasts a solid backlog worth more than $5 billion.
    Ameresco stock is down 32% year-to-date (YTD). Shares are trading at 30 times forward earnings and 2.5 times trailing sales. Meanwhile, the 12-month median price forecast for Ameresco stock stands at $85.
    2) ON Semiconductor (NASDAQ:ON) It provides power and analog semiconductors as well as intelligent sensors for cleantech industries. The chipmaker generates two-thirds of its revenue from automotive and industrial end markets, primarily from electric vehicles (EVs).
    ON Semiconductor announced Q4 results on Feb. 7. The company posted record quarterly revenue of $1.85 billion, up 27% YOY. Adjusted net income stood at $478 million, or $1.09 per diluted share, up from $147 million a year ago. Cash and equivalents ended the period at $1.38 billion.
    Overall, gross margin improved from 33% in 2020 to 40% in 2021. Free cash flow soared 167% YOY to $1.38 billion. Meanwhile, management has signed agreements that will see com

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    Buy These ESG Stocks, Say Analysts

    Buy These ESG Stocks, Say Analysts

    Buy These ESG Stocks, Say Analysts Articles covered: “Which Renewable Energy Stocks to Buy Now? 3 Top Picks” by Tezcan Gecgil; “My 3 Best Stock Split Growth Stocks to Buy Now and Hold Forever” by Danny Vena; “iShares ESG Aware MSCI USA ETF: Key Themes” by Michael A. Gayed. Companies reviewed include: Blink Charging, Brookfield Renewable Partners, Clearway Energy, and Nvidia
    PODCAST: Buy These ESG Stocks, Say Analysts Transcript & Links, Episode 80, April 8, 2022
    Hello, Ron Robins here. Welcome to podcast episode 80 published on April 8, 2022, titled “Buy These ESG Stocks, Say Analysts” — and presented by Investing for the Soul. Investingforthesoul.com is your site for vital global ethical and sustainable investing 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, just a reminder. I do not evaluate any of the stocks or funds mentioned in this podcast. Furthermore, if you’re concerned about the ESG and sustainability ratings of any stock or fund included in this podcast, check your broker’s online site for such information.
    If your broker doesn’t have this information, signup for free with Morningstar and you can gain access to company and fund ESG-sustainability ratings. Please note, that I receive no compensation from Morningstar or anyone else covered in these podcasts.
    Also, if any terms are unfamiliar to you, simply Google them.
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    1. Buy These ESG Stocks, Say Analysts Now, the first article I want to talk about is titled Which Renewable Energy Stocks to Buy Now? 3 Top Picks by Tezcan Gecgil, an InvestorPlace Contributor. Here are some quotes by Mr. Gecgill on each of the three companies...
    “1) Blink Charging (NASDAQ:BLNK) Blink Charging operates electric vehicle (EV) charging equipment and networked EV charging services. It offers over 30,000 charging ports in more than a dozen countries.
    Blink Charging released fourth-quarter 2021 results on March 10. Revenue increased 224% year-over-year (YOY) to a record $7.95 million. Net loss widened to $19 million, or 45 cents per share, compared to $7.9 million in the prior-year quarter. Cash and equivalents ended the period at $175 million.
    Management attributes its impressive top-line growth to increasing brand recognition for its EV charging technology. Blink sold 3,733 charging stations during the quarter, representing a 253% YOY increase.
    In addition, services revenue increased 471% YOY. Management continues to grow its charger network with new partners and overseas expansion as well.
    As with most long-term growth stories, Blink is a volatile stock. It’s down almost 40% over the past year. Shares are trading at 54.7 times trailing sales. The 12-month median price forecast for Blink stock is $29.50.
    2) Brookfield Renewable Partners (NYSE:BEP) … operates one of the world’s largest pure-play renewable power platforms. Its portfolio consists of hydroelectric, wind and solar energy, plus storage facilities.
    Brookfield released Q4 2021 results on Feb. 4. Revenue increased 15% YOY to $1.1 billion. Funds from operations (FFO) increased 6.5% YOY to $214 million, generating a record FFO per unit of 33 cents. Cash and equivalents ended the period at $764 million.
    The company ended 2021 with an operational capacity of 21 gigawatts. In addition, it has an enormous development pipeline of 62 gigawatts. Hydroelectric power accounts for more than half of its revenue. Meanwhile, solar and wind power are expected see further growth in the coming years.
    Brookfield Renewable Partners stock currently offers a generous 3.1% dividend yield. Management targets sustained 12% to 15% returns annually, as well as a yearly distribution growth of 5% to 9%.
    This renewab

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    The Most Ethical Companies and Best Renewables

    The Most Ethical Companies and Best Renewables

    The World’s Most Ethical Companies. Articles covered:  “The 10 most innovative companies in corporate social responsibility of 2022”; “5 Must-See Picks Just Added to RBC's ESG Darlings List”; “3 Top Artificial Intelligence Stocks to Buy in March”; and more! Stocks covered include Sweetgreen, Lululemon, SolarEdge Technologies Inc., Johnson Controls PLC, Enphase Energy Inc., and more
    PODCAST: The Most Ethical Companies and Best Renewables Transcript & Links, Episode 79, March 25, 2022
    Hello, Ron Robins here. Welcome to podcast episode 79 published on March 25, 2022, titled “The Most Ethical Companies and Best Renewables” — and presented by Investing for the Soul. Investingforthesoul.com is your site for vital global ethical and sustainable investing news, commentary, information, and resources.
    Remember that you can find a full transcript, links to content – including stock symbols, quotes, and often bonus material – at this episode’s podcast page located at investingforthesoul.com/podcasts.
    Now, just a reminder. I do not evaluate any of the stocks or funds mentioned in this podcast. The opinions given are purely those of the article’s author or authors or sponsoring entity.
    Also, if any terms are unfamiliar to you, simply Google them.
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    1. The Most Ethical Companies and Best Renewables Hey, I’m always happy to report on this list, The World’s Most Ethical Companies by Ethisphere. Here’s some of their commentary about the list. Quote.
    “The World’s Most Ethical Companies historically outperform their peers and competitors financially, demonstrating a tangible ROI for doing the right thing. The connection between good ethical practices and financial performance, called the Ethics Premium, has been tracked for 16 years… In 2022, 136 organizations are recognized for their unwavering commitment to business integrity. 
    The honorees span 22 countries and 45 industries.” End quote.
    Among the top companies are Apple, IBERDROLA, Accenture, ADM, and Aptiv.
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    2. The Most Ethical Companies and Best Renewables Next. Following on the theme of great ethical companies is an article titled The 10 most innovative companies in corporate social responsibility of 2022. It’s by Morgan Clendaniel. It appeared on fastcompany.com.
    However, only 3 of the 10 companies are public. Here are the public companies with brief quotes from Mr. Clendaniel on each one.
    “1) SWEETGREEN (SG) The fast-casual salad chain Sweetgreen set an aggressive goal to be carbon-neutral by 2027, assessing its entire supply chain to look for places to cut emissions. That information has allowed it to label some of its menu offerings as having the lowest emissions to produce, letting customers make climate-friendly choices when they order—all of which have seen increased popularity.
    2) LULULEMON (LULU) On top of initiatives to help recycle and reuse its clothing, Lululemon, the athletic apparel company, has taken big steps to re-create the process of making them entirely. Last May, it debuted its Earth Dye collection, relying on plant waste from beets and oranges rather than synthetic dyes. It’s partnered with companies to experiment with using lab-grown polyester made out of carbon emissions and to incorporate lab-grown leather—Lululemon is a founding member of the Mylo Consortium devoted to using mycelium, a mushroom’s root structure, as a viable material alternative—into its fashions. In July 2021, the company made yoga accessories such as a mat and bags incorporating Mylo. Lululemon also invested in the bioengineering company Genomatica to find new ways to create plant-based fabrics such as a plant-based nylon.
    3) ZOETIS (ZTS) COVID-19 hasn’t just infected millions of humans; it’s also been found in household pets, livestock, and wild animals. While scientists raced to fi

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    Top Water, Energy, Stocks and Funds

    Top Water, Energy, Stocks and Funds

    Top Water, Energy, Stocks and Funds articles covered: “5 'Blue Economy' Stocks and Funds”; “These 2 Renewable Energy Stocks Are Too Cheap to Ignore”; “Technical Analyst Sees Lots of Upside Potential in This Alternative Energy Stock”; “Why Enphase Energy Stock Soared in February”; “Why Digital Realty Trust is a leading Socially Responsible Dividend (DLR) stock”
    PODCAST: Top Water, Energy, Stocks and Funds Transcript & Links, Episode 78, March 11, 2022
    Hello, Ron Robins here. I do hope that you are ok and managing to stay calm, healthy, and focused on what positive contribution you can make to help alleviate the terrible distress in these deeply troublesome times. Investing in ethical and sustainable companies has never been more important than it is now!
    Anyhow, welcome to podcast episode 78 published on March 11, 2022, titled “Top Water, Energy, Stocks and Funds” — and presented by Investing for the Soul. Investingforthesoul.com is your site for vital global ethical and sustainable investing news, commentary, information, and resources.
    Remember that you can find a full transcript, links to content – including stock symbols, quotes, and bonus material – at this episode’s podcast page located at investingforthesoul.com/podcasts.
    Now, just a reminder. I do not evaluate any of the stocks or funds mentioned in this podcast. Furthermore, if you’re concerned about the ESG and sustainability ratings of any stock or fund included in this podcast, check your broker’s online site for such information.
    If your broker doesn’t have this information, signup for free with Morningstar and you can gain access to company and fund ESG-sustainability ratings. Please note, I receive no compensation from Morningstar or anyone else covered in these podcasts.
    Also, if any terms are unfamiliar to you, simply Google them.
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    1. Top Water, Energy, Stocks and Funds Now the first article I want to review concerns the water industry — an industry receiving great attention from ethical and sustainable investors. The article’s title is 5 'Blue Economy' Stocks and Funds. It’s written by Nellie S. Huang and published by Kiplinger. Ms. Huang writes, quote…
    “The blue economy represents all of the dollars spent to improve the economic growth, health and livelihood of ocean and coastal zone ecosystems… ‘You can’t have a healthy planet without a healthy ocean,’ says Louise Heaps, the head of sustainable blue economy at the global nonprofit WWF, in London…
    (The article continues)…We recommend two funds that focus on water sustainability. We also found the stocks of three companies doing interesting things that will help us use water more efficiently or that go some way toward stemming water pollution. (The funds and stocks are…)
    1) Fidelity Water Sustainability Fund (FLOWX) (Is) a new, actively managed fund, focuses on firms working on solving the world's water crisis…
    Industrial machinery is the fund's top industry weighting at a quarter of assets. It's followed by water utilities (17%) and electronic equipment and instruments (15%), as well as 11% of assets each in building products and industrial conglomerates.
    Roper Technologies (ROP) and American Water Works (AWK) are top holdings.
    (The fund) has returned 7.9% over the past 12 months.
    2) Invesco Water Resources ETF (PHO) Invesco has three water-focused exchange-traded funds (ETFs), but we favor Invesco Water Resources ETF… because it tracks a Nasdaq index that includes companies creating products designed to conserve and purify water.
    Invesco Water Resources ETF is similar to Fidelity Water Sustainability Fund in that its largest asset concentrations are in machinery (27%) and water utilities (20%). However, it also has a substantial 16% invested in life sciences tools and services.
    Waters Corp. (WAT) and American Water Works (AWK) top the portfolio. The fund has

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