Weekly Impact Investment Market Update: May 25, 2018

Impact Investing & ESG

European Commission Proposes Regulations to Strengthen ESG Alignment
The European Commission wants institutional investors and money managers to demonstrate how their investments align with environmental, social and governance factors under proposed regulations.

GAO Urges Removal of Roadblocks to ESG Investing in Retirement Plans
ESG investing roadblocks in retirement plans should be removed, the Government Accountability Office (GAO), the investigative arm of Congress, urged in a report today.

ESG: What Institutional Investors are Saying about Sustainable Investing
At a Neuberger Berman conference, institutional investors discussed current trends in ESG investing.

One Key to Impact Investing: Start Big
Robert Rubinstein, 66, founder and chairman of the TBLI Group, has been advocating for sustainable, responsible or impact investing since the mid-1990s. One of the key lessons he’s learned: start big.

World’s Wealthy Investing in Companies that Care
A global investment club for the wealthy whose members aim to bring about social or environmental change as well as making a profit has grown by more than $1 billion in two years, according to a report.


United States & Europe

US Economy Back on Top of World Competitiveness Ranking
With dynamic growth and access to capital seen as primary factors for jumping three places, the US has regained its status as being on the cutting edge of competitiveness in a ranking by the IMD think tank.


Developing Economies

Easing Inflation, Stable Naira Show Nigeria MPC May Be Right
Nigerian central bank Governor Godwin Emefiele’s tight monetary-policy stance and system of multiple exchange rates may have paid off through slowing inflation and a stable naira, and he’s not about to change that soon.

Policies to Ensure Asia’s Sustained Economic Growth
The transcript of the fifth annual MAS Asian Monetary Policy Forum.

Here’s How India’s Economy is Faring After Four Years Under Modi
Prime Minister Narendra Modi completes four years in office on May 26. He’s used the time to give India its biggest tax reform, overhauled a century-old bankruptcy law, revived stalled projects and got the World Bank to say Asia’s No. 3 economy is a much better place to do business.

Brazil Economy Advances in First Quarter, Set to Accelerate
The Brazilian economy likely expanded for a fifth straight quarter in the first three months of 2018, a Reuters poll of economists showed, suggesting fears of a slowdown may have been overblown.

Colombia to Become a Member of the OECD International Economic Organization
Colombia is set to be the third Latin American country in the Paris-based economic group. President Juan Manuel Santos praised the membership as key to the country’s efforts to modernize.