Tuesday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: Easy ways to get started with sustainable investing. Also in the news: Tips for finding pet-friendly lodging and flights, how to plan an eco-friendly remodel without overspending, and a recent letter from the IRS is not a scam.

Sustainable Investing: Easy Ways to Get Started
Sustainable investing doesn’t need to be complicated: Funds, stocks and robo-advisors make it easy.

Tips for Finding Pet-Friendly Lodging and Flights
Don’t assume you can fly or stay easily when traveling with your pets. Extra planning will be needed.

How to Plan an Eco-Friendly Remodel Without Overspending
You don’t have to spend big on an eco-friendly remodel. Here’s how to make it budget-friendly, too.

This IRS Letter Isn’t a Scam, and You Should Keep It
Notice 1444-C is legit.

Thursday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: Sustainable investing could get a lot harder. Also in the news: Why you should file the FAFSA ASAP, why savings accounts and CDs are still worth it despite low rates, and how to find your lost 401(k).

Sustainable Investing Could Get a Lot Harder
The Labor Department wants to keep socially responsible investments out of 401(k)s and private pensions.

The FAFSA Just Opened: Why You Should Apply Now
File the FAFSA early to get a better shot at more free money and more time to appeal if you need to.

Savings Accounts and CDs Are Still Worth It Despite Low Rates
Rates will rise again.

How to Find Your Lost 401(k)
Don’t leave hard-earned money behind.

Sustainable investing could get a lot harder

Interest in sustainable investing is soaring, as more people become convinced that making a positive impact can be profitable as well as good for the planet and society. Unfortunately, the Labor Department doesn’t think these investments belong in your 401(k).

In June, the federal regulator proposed a rule that would restrict workplace retirement plans from investments that include environmental, social and governance considerations. Popularly known as ESG or socially responsible investing, this approach considers the sustainability of a company’s business practices.

The Labor Department says only returns, not business practices, should matter. But its proposal is unusual for a number of reasons, including its wide range of opponents. In my latest for the Associated Press, a look at how the opponents of sustainable investing could make things much more difficult.