Weekly Impact Investment Market Update: February 9, 2018

Impact Investing & ESG

Make Money, Do Good: Women and Young Invest with Purpose

Investors increasingly want more than good returns – they want to do good, too, with women and millennials most likely to buy products that seek to save the world, according to a Swiss bank.

ESG and Impact Investing: Do You Know the Difference?

As investors increasingly rally behind the concept that their investment choices yield the ability to positively impact social or environmental issues, interest in impact investing has skyrocketed.

View from Seattle: Nine Ways to Create a Bigger Tent for Impact Investing in 2018

SOCAP365 hits the road to dig up local insights from long-time impact investors.

Record-Breaking 2017 Closes Gap Between Impact & Return-Driven Investing in Africa

African startups had a record-breaking 2017 when it came to fundraising, securing a total of $195 million, according to the recently released Disrupt Africa African Tech Startups Funding Report.

UN SDGs Can Propel Impact Investing into the Mainstream

Impact investing is set to continue to grow, as many investors are interested in making their money work for good, as well as for returns.

DC Participants Seen as Next Advocates of ESG Mantra

ESG investing is getting a closer look from defined contribution stakeholders as a potential way to increase participant engagement and participation, provide diversification, achieve higher long-term returns and manage risks.

Millennials Embrace ESG Options in Bloomberg’s 401(k) Plan

Millennials are the largest identifiable group that has elected to participate in the ESG-focused fund in Bloomberg’s $2.5 billion U.S. 401(k) plan.


United States & Europe

Europe is to Choose a New Key Member for the European Central Bank

So far, two names have been mentioned as potential replacements for Constancio: Spanish Economy Minister Luis de Guindos and Philip Lane, the governor of Ireland’s central bank.


Developing Economies

Star of Africa in 2018 Lenders’ Economic Forecasts is Ghana

Africa’s likely star economic performer this year isn’t in much doubt, according to all three of the international lenders focusing on the continent.

Ghana’s President Pledges to Build on Economic Progress of 2017

Ghana’s President said efforts to stabilize the economy are beginning to yield results as the rate of debt-growth slowed while the government exceeded targets for keeping spending under control.

Thailand Approves Law for US$45 Billion Eastern Economic Corridor

Thailand’s parliament on Thursday approved legislation geared towards attracting more investment in an ambitious $45 billion project in the country’s industrial east, which the ruling junta hopes will help lift Southeast Asia’s second-largest economy.

Eastern Europe: The Growth Which is Not Visible

The relevance of the Eurozone on a global level means that the majority of the macroeconomic information being handled pivots around the countries in the region. As a result, we habitually don’t pay attention to the performance of other economies in Europe which, in the last few years, have shown vigorous growth.