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Why ESG Investing Is Here to Stay

There’s bad news and good news about sustainable and impact investing in the U.S., says Andrew Lee of UBS. The bad: Adoption is slow, with just 12% of U.S. investors owning sustainable investments. The good is that sharp growth may lie ahead. UBS expects adoption to increase by 58% within five years. Sitting down with

Socially Responsible Investing Sounds Appealing, but Does it Actually Work?

Make money, do good, feel good, save the planet. That’s the pitch for socially and environmentally responsible investing. And this form of investing is a good one—clean water, not clean coal, to simplify it. Millennial investors, who don’t yet have enough money to do much with it, and family offices, which have billions at their disposal and

Climate emergency: Why the City needs to join the Rebellion

Hopefully we all suffered some small inconvenience as a result of the Extinction Rebellion protest. Instead of grumbling, we should all be grateful for the wake-up call.  That includes the investment community. Yet some treat token action on climate change as a burden they unwillingly have to shoulder, while others are happy to pay lip

Mainstreaming Sustainability: What Banks And Business Schools Should Do Next

Assets globally that are invested in accordance with environmental, social and governance (ESG) principles, or sustainable investments, have been growing 17% per year and now stand at $23 trillion according to McKinsey. The growth of US ESG assets in particular is up over 200% from the past decade according to JPMorgan. As institutional investor demand for ESG products mounts

American ESG Investing Reaches $12 Trillion Assets, Says US SIF Foundation

Investors in the United States consider environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors across $12 trillion of professionally managed assets, a new report from the US SIF Foundation concluded. That represents a 38% increase since 2016. The Report on US Sustainable, Responsible and Impact Investing Trends 2018 shows, through surveying and research undertaken this year, that the total

The brave new world of impact investing

The emerging trend of socially responsible “impact investing” is grappling with growing pains. Big questions loom on the horizon. How should investors measure environmental or social impact? How can they prove their investments are sincere? Panelists at a summit hosted by cleantech incubator Vertue Lab (formerly Oregon BEST) on Wednesday addressed the challenges and opportunities for impact

The future of impact investing is here

As we continue to function in a growing global economy and the population continues to expand, businesses and corporations are taking a more active role in problem solving. I am not referring to concerns about internal auditing, supply chain challenges or language barriers. Instead, companies and individuals are taking a more significant role in solving

Millennials are driving a shift in how the ultra-wealthy manage their money

Regular people put their money into a savings account or hand it over to a financial adviser to manage. But the wealthiest tend to pull out a few more stops, and in some cases establish entire teams, referred to as family offices, that are staffed with financial professionals dedicated to building and managing their vast wealth. A new