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I’m going green to grow my ISA pot

Josh Paradise ISA Investor

Josh Paradise talks exclusively to Investing Reviews.

Armchair investors are increasingly asking how they can protect and grow their ISA pots in an environment of global volatility.

Josh Paradise, 26, from Swindon, believes the answer is part discipline, part diversification.

He’s committed to maintaining his current level of contributions in his Freetrade ISA which stand at £250-a-month, but has increased his green energy investments following a recent review of his portfolio.

Like many others, he believes the geopolitical events will ultimately reduce the West’s reliance on harmful fossil fuels, and feels that the case for a shift towards renewables is fast becoming overwhelming.

He said: “As my investment experience has grown, I’ve learned to handle the fact that markets go up and down, so volatility doesn’t phase me as much as it did when I first started. I also learned over time to make sure I have a diversified enough portfolio to help handle market volatility.

“Looking ahead, I really see governments moving towards green energy quicker than originally intended so they don’t have to rely on imports from abroad, and I’ve adjusted my portfolio accordingly.

“Whilst their prices might not be where I’d like them to be right now, I still feel like they are the right investments for the future and will eventually benefit me in the long-run.

“Currently, I have investments in alternative energy sources such as ITM Power and Plug Power as well as investments in electric vehicle companies NIO and Tesla”.

The green investing movement is now estimated to be worth £30trillion globally — and is expected to grow rapidly in the coming years as climate change, energy security concerns and spiralling oil prices spur investment in renewables.

According to recent research, Tesla has been the most bought stock on Freetrade’s platform in 2022, while a green energy ETF was the most popular fund on its platform last year.

Despite current market volatility and the soaring cost of living, Josh, who works as an underwriter, is keeping the faith in his Stocks and Shares ISA, hoping it will help him retire early one day.

He said: “So far, my investment levels have remained unchanged although I am moving my money into more stable and established funds rather than riskier investments. With interest rates rising, I’ve also diversified my portfolio to cover financial services companies such as Aviva and Legal & General.

“My ISA goal is to achieve financial freedom for when I retire. I’m currently paying into a workplace pension and intend to a buy-to-let property or two in the future so I’ve got as many sources of income as possible.

“For me, it’s all about staying true to your investing goals, no matter what the market is doing. The main thing is time in the market, not timing the market.”

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