Industry News

  • Weekly Impact Investment Market Update May 19, 2017

    Weekly Impact Investment Market Update May 19, 2017 Impact Investing & ESG: Fidelity Launches Two ESG Index Funds Their new domestic fund is based on the MSCI USA ESG Index, while the international fund is based on the MSCI All Country World Index. Both follow large- and mid-cap companies with high ESG performance relative to

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  • Unleashing the power of endowments: The next great challenge for philanthropy

    For the better part of two decades, the world of philanthropy has been engaged in an important, sometimes contested, conversation about “impact”—both how we measure it and how we deliver it. More recently, this discussion—in the Ford Foundation’s halls and throughout our sector—has focused on how to create impact through the capital market, specifically through

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  • More Impact Investors Are Going “All In”

    If you want to keep up with the latest buzzwords in impact investing, here’s an important one starting to hit its stride:  “all in.”  It means placing your whole portfolio into assets with a positive social and/or environmental impact. Putting your money–all of it–where your mouth is. Recently technology executive, entrepreneur and investor Charly  Kleissner

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  • Majority of HNWIs Rate Social Impact Investing as ‘Extremely Important’

    More than 60% of global high net worth individuals (HNWIs) see driving social impact with their investments as “extremely or very important”, with Asian HNWIs valuing it higher than any other region in the world. According to research by RBC Wealth Management, HNWIs in India put the highest emphasis on social impact in the Asia-Pacific

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  • What is Next For Impact Investing?

    Impact investing represents a potential additional funding stream for development, but the field is still evolving and those working in it warn investors may be expecting too much, too soon. While the field may be beyond its initial phase, stakeholders focused on building the infrastructure and proving its case agree that there is still much

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  • Impact Investing in Asia: Poised to Grow

    Impact investments are expected to increase globally this year, with South Asia and Southeast Asia among the top target regions, according to a recent survey by JPMorgan and Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN). This could bode well, in particular, for India’s nascent impact investment sector, which is one of the most active in the region. It has

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  • What’s Holding Back Impact Investing?

    With the unveiling of a new report at the White House last Wednesday, the investors who have pioneered the impact investing movement are now urging the U.S. government to create policies that will turbocharge its growth. Seasoned impact investors say there is much more potential to direct private capital towards addressing the world’s pressing social and

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  • Why Impact Investing is an Emerging Paradigm Shift in Philanthropy

    Impact investing is a frequently featured topic of conversation at forums or conferences on philanthropy today.  Its popularity is linked to the potential for impact investing to cause a paradigm shift in the way philanthropy is approached—targeting investment capital as a complementary resource for achieving the social and environmental changes typically pursued by philanthropic organizations.

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  • Impact Investing Aided By White House

    On June 25, 2014, at the White House roundtable on impact investing, corporations, banks, foundations, and individuals including Prudential, Capricorn Investment Group and the Omidiyar Network committed to invest more than $1.5 billion in new capital into companies and funds that strive to generate positive financial and social returns. In addition, US government agencies announced programs

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  • So You Think You’re An Impact Investor?

    Charly Kleissner is a former tech entrepreneur and early pioneer of impact investing. He and his wife Lisa co-founded the KL Felicitas Foundation to support social entrepreneurs around the world and to bring like-minded investors together to redefine the meaning and purpose of investing in the first place. Kleissner says there is a much higher absorption

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