Weekly Impact Investment Market Update: June 1, 2018

Impact Investing & ESG

Give the People What They Want: Socially Responsible Investments in 401(k)s
If you spend much time reading the financial press nowadays, it’s likely that you’ve come across more than a few articles discussing the growing popularity of investing according to various social and environmental mandates.

Ahead of the Curve: Valuable Tools for EMs
The challenge is that ESG discussions are often accompanied by a degree of confusion because participants cannot agree on what it involves, whether it improves returns, or how it changes the risk profile. Greater clarity can be achieved by analyzing ESG through two separate lenses.

Forbes’ Impact Summit Will Bring Together Business Titans, Impact Investors, and Major Influencers to Drive Impact Investing and Impact Business Globally
Forbes Media announced its first-ever, invite-only Forbes Impact Summit on June 12-13, 2018 in Newark and New York City.

Preqin Solutions Launches ESG & Impact Module
The new solution will help general partners and investors deploy and manage their ESG & impact programs


United States & Europe

U.S. Economy Extends its Hiring Spree, with a Better than Expected 223,000 New Jobs in May
The U.S. economy added 223,000 job in May as U.S. companies continued their hiring spree, according to the Labor Department’s monthly jobs report released Friday. The unemployment rate fell to 3.8 percent, the lowest since 2000.


Developing Economies

Emerging Markets Expected to Expand 4.9%
Throughout 2016 and 2017, emerging markets staged an impressive rally.

Chile Sets New Economic Plans in Motion
In its first months in office, Chile’s new government is making a big push to put the country on a new fiscal path.

Secretary General Welcomes President of Colombia to NATO
Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg welcomed President Juan Manuel Santos of Colombia to NATO for talks on Thursday, marking the first-ever visit by a Colombian head of state to the Alliance. Colombia is NATO’s newest partner, and its first in Latin America.