Weekly Impact Investment Market Update: October 27, 2017

Impact Investing & ESG

The Limits of ESG Screening
Governance is the most important factor in ESG investing. But can you really screen for it? READ MORE…

Companies Taking ESG Seriously are Long-Term Winners
Inequality and climate change have created a challenging backdrop for companies, meaning a failure to incorporate these principles will provide a poor return for investors. READ MORE…

In Depth: ESG Investing is Here to Stay
As asset owners’ fervor surrounding ESG and impact investing intensifies, sustainable investing has emerged as an integral part of investment frameworks. READ MORE…

25 Universal Assets Owners That Could Put a Dent in the SDG Financing Gap
Canada had the most leaders on a list of the world’s top 25 responsible asset allocators, with six asset managers representing nearly $1 trillion under management. READ MORE…

Global Tree Cover Loss Rose 51 Percent in 2016
Global tree cover loss reached a record 29.7 million hectares in 2016, according to new data from the University of Maryland released today on Global Forest Watch. READ MORE…

Business Are Facing a New Reality. These Are the Ones that are Succeeding.
Evidence is mounting to show that the frequency and ferocity of extreme weather events is intensifying on a global scale. From severe droughts to powerful storms, we are living in an increasingly changeable, uncertain, and unpredictable world. READ MORE…

United States & Europe

US Workforce to Add 11.5 Million Jobs by 2026
The U.S. economy is expected to add another 11.5 million jobs by 2026, as an aging population and longer life spans raise the need for healthcare providers. The total U.S. workforce is expected to grow to 167.6 million people. READ MORE…

U.S. Economy Grew at 3% Rate in 3rd Quarter, Despite Storm
In a show of resilience, the American economy grew at a solid pace in the latest quarter despite the impact of the hurricanes in Texas and Florida. READ MORE…

Eastern Europe’s Major Economies Are Having an Underappreciated “Goldilocks Moment”
Germany has long been the engine that drives the EU’s economic growth, but for the past few years it has been outpaced by countries further east—most notably Poland, Romania, and the Czech Republic. READ MORE…

Catalonia Independence: Rajoy Dissolves Catalan Parliament
Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy is dissolving the Catalan parliament and calling snap local elections after MPs there voted to declare independence. READ MORE…

Developing Economies

Worldwide Debt More Than Triple Economic Output as Central Bank Shift Looms
Worldwide debt has risen to a record $226 trillion – more than three times global annual economic output – and firms in more countries are struggling to service loans. READ MORE…

By 2030, the Number of 15-to-24-Year Olds Will Increase by 100 Million –Where Will They Find Work?
Between 2015 and 2030, the number of 15- to 24-year-olds is expected to increase by 100 million – almost all of them in sub-Saharan Africa and most of them in rural areas. READ MORE…

A $2.9 Billion Tax Hole Looms Over South Africa’s Finance Minister
South African Finance Minister faces a gaping budget hole — and will have to consider cutting spending, raising taxes and selling state assets if he wants to avoid further ratings downgrades. READ MORE…

Tanzania President Names Tax Expert as Central Bank Governor
Tanzania’s new central bank governor will be tax law professor Florens Luoga. READ MORE…

Zambia’s Independence and the State of Agriculture
Zambia’s agriculture has a special place in the country’s political and economic agenda. READ MORE…


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