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Saturday, October 11, 2008

Green Energy Mutual Funds, Renewable Power ETFs

Green Investment Funds for 2009 and beyond

For long term growth investors with cash on the side, or decent cash flow, dollar-cost-averaging into well managed, diversified high growth funds is something to seriously consider. An ecomic slowdown may mean that FSLR grows at 25% instead of 40%, but in most scenarios pure power producers and clean energy technology companies should be among the next bull market's leaders.

Though there is some risk in bottom fishing for mutual funds, it is dramatically minimzed relative to individual stock investing. A single firm's shares may be down because the company is in serious trouble and the stock is on its way to zero, but green energy mutual funds and clean power exchange traded funds (ETFs) are down because of market and sector comnditions, and over time will reflect the longer term potential of the sector and economy at large. With many clean power funds down 40% to 50% and more this is an opportune time for aggressive longterm investors to buy, and for medium risk longterm investors to start dollar-cost averaging into alternative energy and clean renewable power funds.

Here are some green power funds to consider:

Acuity Clean Environment Equity Fund

Down 50% to $10.06, a diversified portfolio of small, medium and large-sized Canadian companies wich fit the Fund's environmental concept of sustainable development.

Calvert Global Alternative Energy Fund A (CGAEX)

CGAEX invests in equity securities of U.S. and non-U.S. companies whose main business is alternative energy or are significantly involved in the alternative energy sector. At 8.33, the fund holds Vestas, FSLR, Gamesa and other global clean energy industry leaders.

Claymore/MAC Global Solar Index (TAN)

Worldwide solar power index fund; now at 11.29, the shares had earlier hit a high of 30.79.

First Trust Global Wind Energy (FAN)

At 13.48, the fund is designed to track the performance of ISE Global Wind Energy Index. The year's high was 31.50.

First Trust NASDAQ Clean Edge US (QCLN)

Pursues investment results that correspond generally to the price and yield of an equity index called the NASDAQ Clean Edge U.S. Liquid Series Index (the Index). Closing yesterday at 13.14, the shares are down for 33.65.

Guinness Atkinson Alternative (GAAEX) Energy

Normally invests at least 80% of assets in equity securities of (both U.S. and non-U.S.) companies involved in the alternative energy or energy technology sectors. At 6.55, the shares are down about 60% from a high around $17.

Market Vectors Global Alternative Energy ETF (GEX) Trust

At 24.74, down from 62; GEX was formerly a Van Eck Fund. Seeks to replicate as performance of the Ardour Global Index (Extra Liquid) (AGIXL) by investing in common shares of reflected in the Index which is composed primarily of publicly traded companies engaged in the production of alternative fuels and technology related to the production of clean energy and renewable power.

New Alternatives (NALFX) Fund

The fund invests mostly in companies that contribute to a clean and sustainable environment. It usually invests at least 25% of assets in common shares of companies which have an interest in alternative energy. $29.51

Powershares Cleantech (PZD) Portfolio

The 52 week high is 38.02; after this week's record stock market carnage, the shares are now at 17.98.

PowerShares Global Clean Energy (PBD) Portfolio

PowerShares Global Clean Energy Portfolio is based on the WilderHill New Energy Global Innovation Index. The Index seeks to deliver capital appreciation and is composed of companies that focus on greener and generally renewable sources of energy and technologies facilitating cleaner energy. At 12.38, down from 38.10.

PowerShares Global Wind Energy (PWND) Portfolio

Diversified Wind Power Fund off over 57% from the year high, at 11.60 there seems to be plenty of room to grow.

PowerShares WilderHill Clean Energy (AMEX:PBW) ETF

PowerShares WilderHill Clean Energy Portfolio (the Fund) is based on the WilderHill Clean Energy Index (the Index). $9.86

Winslow Green Growth (WGGFX) Fund

Pursues capital gains through environmentally responsible investments, focusing on equity securities of domestic small and medium size companies that adviser believes are environmentally responsible, best in class companies. $10.27

Winslow Green (WGSLX) Solutions

A large cap, more international version of Winslow Green Growth, WGSLX invests in equity securities of companies that provide green solutions, including global firms of varying sizes that the adviser believes are reasonably priced and have potential for superior growth, focusing on companies with market capitalizations between $1 billion and $10 billion. $5.14

More green energy links:

Wind Energy Stocks, Renewable Power Investing

Solar Power Stocks, Clean Energy Funds

Clean Water Investing, Tidal Energy, Wave Power

Geothermal Power Stocks Investing


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Irina said...

That's a very good list of green mutual funds. Thanks for publishing it.

I am just doing some research for green investing for my site, and I will be further researching the links you've provided.

It's interesting that you did not include Green Century Funds in your list. I think the way they promote themselves as "green" is misleading, as they invest in best-of-class companies with good environmental records but not pure-play "green" companies. Green Century Funds should probably be called socially responsible funds rather than green.

Anyway, thanks for the info.


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Green and Alternative Energy Mutual Funds said...

Currently there is not a lot of choice in the green energy mutual fund market. With the added pressure the environmentalists are creating do you see this changing?

Seenath Kumar said...

I am not sure but their is some risk in bottom fishing for mutual funds, it is dramatically minimzed relative to individual stock investing.
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