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First Calgary Financial is investing in good

April 26, 2017

First Calgary Financial is thinking big with its recent launch of best-in-class financial planning, specializing in responsible investing.

Responsible investing considers the environmental impact, social responsibility, and governance (ESG) of companies before investing in them. The area is rapidly overcoming its previous stigma of underperformance, as studies have shown this type of investing can both increase return and decrease risk -- the amount of fluctuation with the market – of a portfolio.

Responsible investing mutual funds outperform their peer benchmarks by 65%, according to a 2015 report by Carleton Centre for Community and Innovation.

“By adding that extra screening process [of ESG] to their existing bottom-up and top-down approaches, companies are able to further mitigate their losses,” explains Hyder Hassan, Director of Investment Services.

“For example, if they’re trying to amalgamate with a company that has a bad track record with the environment, or if a company doesn’t show interest in corporate social responsibility, our analyst would advise against investing in them.”

Meritas SRI Funds® from OceanRock Investments and Ethical Funds from NEI are some examples of that make up First Calgary Financial’s portfolios.

A Certified Financial Planner, seasoned professional of the financial sector, and runner-up in 2016’s PlanPlus Financial Planning Awards, Hyder has always been passionate about finance and community. “Helping the community and making a difference was always part of my DNA,” he says.

Having joined First Calgary Financial’s team in December 2016, Hyder is “proud to mesh my community and wealth management passions to make money make a difference in the lives of Calgarians.”


Click here to learn about First Calgary’s investing opportunities.
Check out Meritas and NEI to see what values-based mutual funds are all about.
Connect with Hyder on LinkedIn.
Follow First Calgary Financial on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
Check out First Calgary Financial’s Sustainability Profile.

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Featured Event

Innovating for Shared Prosperity

April 27, 2017 - April 27, 2017

Hotel Blackfoot
5940 Blackfoot Trail SE

Join us for an inspiring evening of learning and networking with Calgary's leading social entrepreneurs. Innovating for Shared Prosperity will inspire and connect Calgary's social entrepreneurs to advance their important work.

The evening will kick off with a keynote presentation by City of Calgary city manager, Jeff Fielding, who will share the ways in which Calgary is supporting innovation and creating a resilient local economy. Following Jeff's presentation, six local changemakers will showcase how their initiatives are building thriving communities, creating good jobs, and doing business differently. You'll hear from:

Sean Crump, Universal Access
Hannah Cree, CMNGD
Alexi Davis, Prospect
Mitch Thomson, Olds Institute
Kyle Stretch, Local Investing YYC
Patti Pon, Calgary Arts Development

The evening will wind up with networking and a World Café dialogue, helping you connect with presenters and other guests to identify opportunities to collaborate to advance the new economy. This event is a must for anyone leading a mission-driven business, social enterprise or cooperative. Come prepared to be informed and energized, to share your own ideas and identify opportunities to collaborate with like-minded social entrepreneurs!

Innovating for Shared Prosperity is a preview of EconoUs2017 - the national community economic development conference that will take place in Calgary from September 13-15.

Tickets are $50 (plus taxes and fees) and include a buffet dinner. Vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options available.

Innovating for Shared Prosperity is sponsored by Hotel Blackfoot, Momentum, North Hill Centre, and Thrive. Read this article to learn more about it!

Part of Down To Earth Week 2017 (April 23-27) - a celebration of social innovation and local business. All events are bullfrogpowered with 100% green energy.

Proudly presented by REAP Business Association and SAGE Investment Advisors
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Did you know?

By switching pension funds from Wall Street to medium and small businesses Quebec has created 87,000 jobs & retained 82,000 others