Weekly Impact Investment Market Update: December 1, 2017

Impact Investing & ESG

Brain Gain: Impact Investing in Latin America’s New Wave of Startups
In Mexico, Brazil and Colombia, tech entrepreneurs tackle challenges of financial inclusion, health care and agriculture. READ MORE…

Why ESG Matters for Bonds
The higher a country’s ESG rating, the better its government bonds perform, MSCI has found. READ MORE…

The Promise of Private Sector Grants in an Impact Investing World
Private sector development grants can help reach people in communities where many investors won’t go. READ MORE…

United States & Europe

Forecasts for U.S. Growth are Too Pessimistic
Those who wait for changes to tax policy to upgrade their estimates for next year are going to end up waiting too long. READ MORE…

Private Banking Disrupts Italy’s Wealth Management Market
As supply and demand models change in Italy’s dynamic wealth management industry, private banking is emerging as a key disruptor. READ MORE…

What the Future of Work Will Mean for Future Jobs, Skills, and Wages
As many as 375 million workers around the world may need to switch occupational categories and learn new skills. READ MORE…

Developing Economies

The Global Economy in 2018
The global economy will confront serious challenges in the months ahead, and looming in the background is a mountain of debt that makes markets nervous – and that thus increases the system’s vulnerability to destabilizing shocks. READ MORE…

Emerging Markets Debt is so Hot, Some Investors Can’t Get Enough
In their hunt for yield, some investors have been venturing into offerings as exotic as Tajikistan’s sovereign bond or Iraq’s first sovereign debt sale. READ MORE…

Distributed Energy is a $40 Billion Industry in Developing Countries, Report Finds
Distributed energy outside the OECD is a $40bn industry, new research has found. READ MORE…

Wall Street’s Bulls Are Rushing to the Land of Gauchos: Argentina
Their return marks a sharp comeback in confidence for one of the world’s worst economies. READ MORE…

Kenya Seeks Proposals for $2 Billion Eurobond Sale
Kenya’s government is seeking proposals from banks about a possible $2 billion Eurobond offering in the first quarter of 2018. READ MORE…

Rwanda Among Top 10 Countries with Good Governance Record
Rwanda has been ranked the best ranked country in eastern Africa for good governance. READ MORE…

Zambia Says ‘Must Have’ $1.3 Billion IMF Loan in Place in 2018
Zambia expects to host a mission of the IMF before the end of the year and hopes to have a $1.3 billion loan deal in place in early 2018. READ MORE…


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