Weekly Impact Investment Market Update: June 15, 2018

Impact Investing & ESG

Emerging Markets Next on Map for Impact Investing
Impact investing in emerging markets might be poised for a major growth spurt, as proponents see pension funds and other institutional investors taking an increasing role in a field that largely has been filled by government financial institutions, foundations, and more specialized private equity managers.

How to Quench Investors’ Thirst for ESG Information
A large proportion of investors have recently assigned greater importance to companies’ environmental, social, and governance factors.

People are Really into Impact Investing
The amount of money being invested in “world changing causes” doubled in the last year–to $228 billion.

ESG Doubts Could Cost Male Advisors Female Clients
There’s a serious gender split when it comes to ESG investing, and it could cost male advisors.

Impact Investments Made by More than 70% of Millennials and Gen Xers
Just 30% of baby boomers and older investors have made similar investments, Fidelity Charitable finds.

U.K. Government Pledges Support to Expand Impact Investing
The U.K. government will work with the financial services industry to help make impact investing easier, including potential changes to pension fund law.

How Advisors Can Tap into the Growing $23T ESG Market
Worldwide sustainable investment assets jumped more than fivefold to nearly $23 trillion between 2006 and 2016, according to data from the Global Sustainable Investment Review cited by Morningstar.


United States & Europe

As Uncertainty Clouds Economy, Europe Pulls Back on Easy Money
It would not seem the ideal time to put the brakes on Europe’s economy. But that is what the European Central Bank is preparing to do.


Developing Economies

Sustaining the Global Expansion
Life is all about choices, they say. The choices we make today help determine the outcomes in the future. For the global economy, as well, today’s policy choices play a major role in shaping future growth prospects.

The Developing World’s Need for Natural Resources
Commodities haven’t had it easy lately. Depending on who you talk to, commodities have been in a bearish slump for six to nearly 10 years.

Nigeria’s Buhari to Sign Off 2018 Budget on Tuesday
Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari will sign the government’s long-delayed budget into law on Tuesday, Information Minister Lai Mohammed said on Friday.

More than 60 Million Nigerians are Unbanked – World Bank
A 2017 World Bank Global Findex Database report on financial inclusion says that more than 60 million Nigerians are without bank accounts.

Tanzania to Raise 2018/19 Spending by 2.4%, Sees 7.2% GDP Growth
Tanzania will raise its spending by 2.4 percent in the 2018/19 fiscal year starting next month, with the bulk of spending allocated for infrastructure, education and water projects, its finance minister said on Thursday.

World Bank Says It May Raise Thai Economic Growth Forecast
The World Bank may boost its projection for economic growth in Thailand, where the pace of expansion hit a five-year high last quarter.

Brazil Sugar, Coffee Producers Lock in Profits on Currency Drop
Many Brazilian coffee and sugar producers saw a rare opportunity last week to fix prices with solid profit margins at a moment of global oversupply for both products, moving quickly to cash in when the local currency hit its cheapest levels in two years.