Weekly Impact Investment Market Update: August 31, 2018

Impact Investing & ESG

As ESG Investments Boom, Asset Managers Seek Out Fixed-Income Options
Bonds have potential to be a popular ESG asset class for impact investors.

Impact Investing Boom Leads to Verbal Muddle
The word has swung into favor in responsible investing circles in the past few years, and is now used by many different players to mean different things. So far this has not led to any tension, but debates over how the word should be used are likely to intensify in the next year.

SRI, ESG and Impact Investing: A Natural Evolution for Investment Management?
There is some confusion around the terms and methodologies behind SRI, ESG and Impact investing. If they all exist on the same spectrum, where does one begin and the other end?

Former Hedge Funder Seeks to Improve ESG Investing
It’s an age-old investing question. Can you do good and do well at the same time? Ethan Powell is on a mission to prove that you can.

3 Areas of Fixed Income Experiencing ESG Innovations
The focus on environmental, social and governance (ESG) investing has made headway in the form of equities, but investors are also looking at opportunities within the fixed-income space where funds can make innovations to meet this demand.


United States & Europe

US Economy Logs Best Performance in Nearly 4 Years
U.S. economic growth was a bit stronger than initially thought in the second quarter, notching its best performance in nearly four years, as businesses boosted spending on software and imports declined.

Why the U.S. Economy is Having a Boom
There’s no doubt that the U.S. economy is in a boom. The Conference Board is reporting the highest levels of job satisfaction in more than a decade.

Eurozone Unemployment Falls to Decade Low of 8.2 Percent
Unemployment across the 19-country eurozone has fallen to its lowest level since the most acute phase of the global financial crisis a decade ago.


Developing Economies

Britain’s May in Kenya to Boost Economic Ties Amid Brexit
British Prime Minister Theresa May on Thursday became the first UK leader to visit Kenya in 30 years, bringing security and development funding to East Africa’s commercial hub and neighboring Somalia as Britain seeks to boost economic ties ahead of a bumpy exit from the European Union in March.

Asia’s Digital Revolution
Asia is embracing the digital revolution. Companies such as Alibaba, Tencent, and Baidu are providing a wide range of services from e-commerce to fintech and cloud computing for customers in China and elsewhere.

Australia, Indonesia Wrap Up Talks on Free Trade Agreement
Indonesia and Australia announced the conclusion of talks on free-trade deals as the Pacific neighbors attempt to boost economic ties.