Weekly Impact Investment Market Update: May 4, 2018

Impact Investing & ESG

Investing to Make an Impact

The co-founder of an impact investing firm explains the growing intersection between Wall Street and the world of health.

The ‘Slippery Slope’ of ESG Demands

“We have to earn a return,” Ontario Teachers’ CEO Ron Mock reminded Milken conference attendees, while MetLife’s CIO attested to exploding client demand for ESG integration.

Making a Positive Impact – On Financial Performance and on Society

This report is one of Deutsche Bank Wealth Management’s CIO Insights Reflection on ESG.

Environmental, Social, and Governance Assessment and Engagement in Emerging Markets Debt

ESG factors can be particularly important to credit quality in emerging markets fixed income. This especially applies to quasi-sovereign issuers that are exposed to both sovereign and corporate risks.

The Case for Investing in Green Companies

For investors focused on profit, investing in environmentally friendly firms may not seem like the most lucrative strategy. They may worry that adopting greener practices could hurt a company’s share price.

Why Responsible Investing is Not Limited to ESG

Advisors would do well to include morally responsible investing in their array of SRI offerings.

New Issue Areas Attracting Impact Investors, and Why

The impact investment community has a unique mantle of responsibility that is one part of a symbiotic relationship with the responsibility of consumers. As consumers, it is beholden unto us to purchase products that reflect our values, in turn affecting where investors look to spend their investment dollars.


United States & Europe

Nine Days, One Signal: U.S. Economy is Doing Fine if Not Great

The data deluge that swept over the U.S. economy since the middle of last week can be boiled down in one message: Lofty expectations, but more down-to-earth numbers.

U.S. Unemployment Rate Falls to 3.9% as Economy Adds 164,000 Jobs

The U.S. economy added 164,000 jobs in April, the Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Friday, missing analysts’ average estimate for a gain of 192,000. The unemployment fell more than expected, to 3.9%, after holding at a 17-year low of 4.1% for six straight months.

EU Predicts Bright Outlook for Economy, Tougher Times for UK

Economic growth across the European Union will remain robust this year and next, particularly when compared with Britain, which is set to leave the bloc in less than a year, the EU’s executive branch said Thursday.


Developing Economies

Nigeria, China Sign $2.4 Billion Currency-Swap to Lift Trade

Nigeria and China agreed on a currency-swap worth $2.4 billion to boost commercial ties and reduce the need to use the dollar in bilateral trade.

South Africa’s Trade Balance Returns to a Surplus in March

South Africa’s trade balance returned to a surplus in March as exports of metals and vegetables climbed, while imports of minerals products declined.