Social investment — threat or opportunity?

Social investment is any investment in a charity that provides the investor with a financial as well as a social return, such as the 2011 Scope retail bond and the recent Mencap/Golden Lane Housing bond. The financial return can be in the form of interest or through the provision of other benefits.

The recent Jockey Club bond, for example, offered investors 4.75 per cent in cash and a further three per cent in the form of Rewards4Racing points, which can be used to get discount tickets, hospitality packages and race cards at the Jockey Club’s race courses…

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