Weekly Impact Investment Market Update: July 27, 2018

Impact Investing & ESG

The Next Step in Impact Investing: Breaking the Shackles of Extractive Thinking
Those who influence the allocation of capital have an obligation to consider whether current practices solve or perpetuate the challenges impact investing aims to address.

How to Attract the Socially Conscious Investor
Like consumers, investors are voting with their wallets for socially responsible businesses. Here’s how to get their vote.

This Socially Responsible Investor Says What a Company Does is Even More Important than How They Do It
David Fanger is the CEO and founder of Swell, an impact investing platform that helps people invest in equity portfolios that map to the UN Sustainable Development Goals. It identifies high-impact, high-potential companies that are focused on a positive future.

Using ESG Ratings to Build a Sustainability Investing Strategy
The authors, who previously studied sustainability ratings issued by the mass media, now turn their attention on rankings used by the investing community itself.


United States & Europe

US Economy Growing at Annual Rate of 4.1%, Fastest Pace in Four Years
The US economy roared ahead in the second quarter of 2018, growing at an annual rate of 4.1%, its fastest pace in four years, the commerce department announced on Friday.


Developing Economies

The Pursuit of Inclusive Growth in Africa
Global growth is projected at 3.9 percent in 2018 and 2019, in line with our April forecasts. But the expansion is becoming less even, and its rate appears to have peaked in some major advanced economies.

In Emerging-Market Rout, Asian Economies are Financially Healthy
Asian emerging economies, particularly those in Southeast Asia, are in a stronger position financially than their global peers to weather risks from rising U.S. interest rates.

Ecuador Economy on Right Track but Reform Follow-Through is Key
Ecuador’s recent turn toward a more market friendly economic policies has lifted investor sentiment toward the Andean country, but follow-through beyond fiscal discipline will be key in order for the positive market reaction to continue.