Weekly Impact Investing Market Update: September 28, 2018

Impact Investing & ESG

Champions of Impact Investing
The Rockefeller Foundation coined the term “impact investing” in 2007 to describe private investments that generate a financial return alongside social or environmental impact.

Advocates of Sustainable Investing Puts Climate Change in U.N. Spotlight
As world leaders meet in New York City this week for the United Nations General Assembly, advocates are drawing attention to how climate change should influence investment decisions.

What Holds Investors Back from ESG Investing
ESG adoption level in Asia is still low even though reports and findings have shown that sustainable investing does not hurt returns

How Impact Investors Can Better Serve Communities: Ask Them What They Need
Impact Experience brings investors, foundations, and thought leaders to marginalized communities to find out what the communities think would help.


United States & Europe

How to Fill the Gaps in the U.S. Economy
What do the internet, nuclear power, GPS, cloud computing, voice recognition and artificial intelligence all have in common? They were all developed with the help of the U.S. government.


Developing Economies

Kenyan Economy Expands at Fastest Pace in 2 Years on Farming
Kenya’s economy expanded 6.3%, outpacing central bank’s 6.1% estimate. The agriculture sector grew 5.6% in quarter from 5.2% in first 3 months.

Southeast Asia Could Hit $5 Trillion Growth Mark: McKinsey’s Lin
Southeast Asia’s been home to almost half of the biggest growth drivers in the past half-century. To keep investors interested, it’ll have to make the right moves across technology, education and infrastructure, according to Diaan-Yi Lin, a senior partner at McKinsey & Co.

Emerging-Market Rebound Depends on China and India
This year’s sell-off in emerging-markets assets has abated in recent weeks and valuations are tempting, but it’s too soon to say things have bottomed. The key to any rebound is China and India, two economies where the outlook has deteriorated in recent weeks.

Chile Central Bank Considered Increasing Interest Rate
Ultimately policymakers kept the key rate stable at 2.5 percent amid a sustained recovery in the economy under the center-right government led by President Sebastian Pinera.