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Here Comes The Sun

Here Comes The Sun

The CNY Carbon Challenge starts this week with the first mission, to sign up for clean energy. I have a professional background in solar, but I’ve put off getting a solar assessment because of its expense. But this week, because of the challenge and the first mission, I have signed up to receive an assessment

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This is Huge, Tom (DiNapoli). Huge! 

This is Huge, Tom (DiNapoli). Huge! 

BIG news came out of Albany this week. Comptroller Tom DiNapoli, the sole trustee of the New York State Common Retirement Fund, is finally talking about divesting from fossil fuel companies. He has committed to moving forward with divesting from coal companies if they refuse to change their business practices. This is the first time

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Socially Responsible In Name Only

Socially Responsible In Name Only

What makes a fund or a company socially responsible? How can you tell which money managers are really walking the walk and screening the companies in their portfolio for their Environmental, Social, Governance, and which ones are in fact greenwashing? Just because a fund says their socially responsible, does it mean that they are? The

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Blackrock Warns Investors, “Climate Risk is Investment Risk.”

Blackrock Warns Investors, “Climate Risk is Investment Risk.”

BlackRock: “Climate change has become a defining factor in companies’ long-term prospects” As a Socially Responsible Investment firm, Hansen’s has long beaten the drum on environmental sustainability and corporate social governance. I have personally worked on the fossil fuel divestment movement as a volunteer with the Divest NY campaign and through the Sustainable Economies Alliance.

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New Year – New Rules for Retirement Accounts

New Year – New Rules for Retirement Accounts

Happy New Year!  We hope 2020 brings health, happiness, and hope for the future. We are all thinking of the people and animals of Australia as they deal with the devastating fires.  If you are looking to make a donation please consider these options: Fire departments: In both Victoria and New South Wales, two of

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Katelyn Wins Her First Election

Katelyn Wins Her First Election

“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” Eleanor Roosevelt Exhaustion. We hear that word a lot these days from people who are tired of arguments, politics, trying to eat right or after a long workout. And even if our co-worker Katelyn admits to feeling exhaustion, it’s just a passing

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Katelyn Kriesel is running for Manlius Town Board!

Katelyn Kriesel is running for Manlius Town Board!

For as long as Katelyn has been a Financial Advisor at Hansen‘s, we have known her to be passionate about environmental and economic sustainability, and her community. It is what led her to pursue a career in Socially Responsible Investing and to found the Sustainable Economies Alliance. So we were not at all surprised to learn

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Climate Change Risk, Social Security, and Norway Divests

Climate Change Risk, Social Security, and Norway Divests

Climate Change Risk, Social Security, and Norway Divests Over the last few days, there have been a couple of news articles that I’ve wanted to share with you all. Each headline touches on a different component of the work that we do here at Hansen’s. The first two articles are not good news, but the

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Katelyn Goes to Albany (Part 1/2)

Katelyn Goes to Albany (Part 1/2)

Does fossil fuel divestment work? How do the investments perform? Legally, can we even do it? These are the big questions that the state Senate will be discussing today in a hearing on fossil fuel divestment in Albany. Colleges, universities, municipalities, not for profits and individuals have been asking these questions more and more as

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Earth Week 2019

Earth Week 2019

As we wrap up Earth Week here at Hansen’s, we wanted to share some thoughts with you on how investing and environmental sustainability are so inextricably linked. Our global financial systems have historically been at odds with the environment. Dividends and growth were tied to companies that cut down thousands of acres of trees; drilled

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Special Blog Post – Women In Finance

Special Blog Post – Women In Finance

In light of Women’s History Month, I am highlighting the experience of our own Sue Hansen. Sue started her career as a financial advisor in the 1980s, when female financial advisors were exceptionally rare. Even now, only 17% of financial advisors are women, according to a study conducted in 2018. We have much to learn

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