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Sustainable Investing at Endowments and Foundations: What It Is And What it Takes

The smallest of the institutional investors, endowments and foundations at $2 trillion in global assets under management have historically had an outsized influence on the trajectory of investment management. The investment goal of ensuring that the endowment’s rate of consumption can be sustained and relatively limited liquidity needs—typically about 5% of the average of the endowment’s value

To Be A Smart Investor, Be An ESG Investor

Climate change is real and is having a sizable, immediate impact on how investments are evaluated. ESG —  environmental, social and governance criteria used by investors to evaluate a company’s operations — is what brings sustainability and profitability together in today’s new era of investments. We’re already seeing the result: In 2018, 26% of all professionally managed assets (a

Why Opportunity Zones could be key to transforming our cities

The promise of being the base for Amazon’s second headquarters was great — so great, in fact, 238 cities jumped into the intense, year-long competition. Contenders had so much faith in the impact they promised robust urban transit systems, tax breaks, talent pipelines and infrastructure support. I saw this first-hand locally, where three counties in

Sustainable Investing Turns Out Not To Be As Popular As The Hype

Sustainable investing is the process of investing in sustainable companies or funds. Some people call this ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) investing, others simply "ethical investing". Whatever the terminology, this form of investing money, usually by institutions or high net worth individuals (HNWIs: people with a net worth over $1 million), is supposedly changing the

Freaked out about the future of the planet? Don’t let fear ruin your finances

“Do ETFs, REITs and mutual funds still make sense to invest in if the planet won’t survive ’til our retirement?” So read an Instagram DM from a friend earlier this year. The reasoning was fairly clear: A recent report from the United Nations indicates that climate change is harming the world’s food supply to a catastrophic degree,

Supporting Main Street: How Investors Are Creating Small Business Jobs Through Fintech

When it comes to impact investing, it’s hard to beat a small business loan. Dollars are lent out and put to work generating jobs and supporting economic growth — and then they're repaid with interest as the business grows. But until recently, only one type of investor was able to make this kind of impact

Ethical funds are increasingly focused on the new UN sustainable development goals

Ethical investing has seen a boom in popularity over the past year with savers piling into so-called environmental, social and governance or 'ESG' funds. In Europe, 290 ESG-oriented funds were launched last year while in the US, total assets under management in sustainable investments more than doubled from approximately $40billion (£32.5billion) in 2013 to almost $90billion

Kiva’s Crowdfunding Platform Transforms Into Hub for Impact Investing and Financial Inclusion

In 2003, Jessica Jackley was a 25-year-old staff member of Stanford Business School’s Public Management Program when a lecture by Muhammad Yunus upturned her life. Yunus popularized the microfinance solution to global poverty by founding Grameen Bank in Bangladesh. Poor people in low-income countries typically lack the collateral and credit history that most financial institutions

Opportunity Zones Are Heating Up As The Year Progresses

Many consumers no longer make decisions solely based on the product or service they are receiving, but also consider the principles and values of the organizations they are engaging. Companies are now more emboldened than ever to align themselves with social issues, promote partnerships with charities and herald their sustainability practices to differentiate themselves from

Impact Investing VS Investing With Impact

Right now, interest in impact investing is experiencing explosive growth as the concept continues to capture the attention of mainstream investors the world over. In fact, The Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN) estimates the current size of the global impact investing market to be around $502 billion. While many are fully invested in making an impact, there's

How To Start With Sustainable Investing

The first thing to note: I’m on the fence about this whole capitalism thing. As I think about investment and savings, I’m always wondering if 70-year old Andrea will have the opportunity to reap the rewards of my decades of investment, or will the white supremacist, fossil fuel evildoers have their way and kill everything livable and beautiful

Rhino bonds: Can big finance really save big beasts?

Investors’ appetite for funds that aim to improve the environment and society, as well as making money, has grown quickly in 2019 — to the extent that some are beginning to push quite unconventional products. One such is the so-called Rhino Impact Bond, which is being coordinated by charity the Zoological Society of London and Conservation Capital,

Inspired By Berkshire Hathaway, A New Model To Impact Investing

Trevor Neilson and Howard Warren Buffett want to hold the “impact” sector accountable. This summer, Neilson, CEO and co-founder of i(x) investments, a four-year-old company leveraging finance for socially- and environmentally-driven companies, launched another event, adding to the roster of impact conferences. However, this one asks those attending to make public commitments on how their company

ESG Investing Isn’t The Only Way To Make An Impact

From driving a hybrid car to buying from ethical brands, or meticulously separating your recycling, we’re all thinking about how we can have a more positive impact on the world we live in. And it is no different with investors. Recent research shows that more than one in three family offices now engages with sustainable–or Environmental, Social

If Impact Investing Is The Future, What Comes Next For VC Investors?

What if philanthropy could financially sustain itself — or better yet, turn a profit? I have long been involved in venture capital because I love the can-do mindset of entrepreneurs who seek to solve real problems and make lasting differences. People who believe in their ability to change the world can do powerful things, and

How to Invest for Market-Rate Return and Measurable Impact at Large Scale

Impact investing is a specific approach of “investing for the common good” alongside ethical investing, sustainable investing, socially responsible investing (SRI), and environmental, social and governance (ESG) investing. Although they are often grouped together in everyday conversation and media coverage, there are different methodologies associated with each of these approaches. The Global Impact Investors Network

Can Sustainable Bonds Save the World?

Bonds seem designed to make investors' eyes glaze over. Yields, maturities and credit ratings are not the stuff of cocktail-party conversation. But a fast-growing category of fixed-income investments promises to change that, transforming stodgy bonds into a vehicle for corporate governance, social and environmental change. These “sustainable” bond funds include broadly diversified index funds that

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Meet The Berkshire Hathaway Of Impact Investing

Trevor Neilson wants to hold the “impact” sector accountable. This summer, Neilson, CEO and co-founder of i(x) investments, a four-year-old company leveraging finance for socially- and environmentally-driven companies, launched another event, adding to the roster of impact conferences. However, this one asks those attending to make public commitments on how their company is going to tackle

Three Ways To Embrace The Next Generation Of Family Office Leaders

The world of business is evolving at an exponential rate, new multi-billion dollar industries emerging rapidly and old, established industries becoming obsolete. In this fast-changing environment, operating with agility and a purpose-driven, innovative mindset is key to the sustained success of modern enterprises. For this reason, family firms need to look beyond the obvious priority