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Impact Investing

How Impact Investing Can Improve Your Portfolio

Investors are exposed to dozens of investing ideas and can access thousands of investment choices. Making a decision can be overwhelming. To simplify the process, think about what is important to you as an investor. A growing number of people are moving to impact investing, which allows you to generate a rate of return and make a social or environmental …

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Industry Spotlight

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Do You Know the Water Risks in Your Portfolio?

If you think of water as a free-flowing, abundant commodity, you may want to reconsider. We all know food production is closely tied to water supply, but did you realize that the semiconductor and electronics industries are also affected? Julie Fox Gorte, Ph.D., Senior Vice President for Sustainable Investing at Pax World Investments, explains that the computer on which you’re …

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Pope Francis

Pope’s Latest Encyclical Calls for Responsible Investments

Last month, Pope Francis issued his second encyclical, titled Laudato Si. Its subtitle “on the care for our common home” sets the tone for his denouncement of consumerism and irresponsible development. His letter calls for “swift and unified global action” to combat environmental, and therefore economic, degradation. As John Streur, CEO of Calvert Investments, explained, the Pope points to “the …

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Why Trump May Actually Boost ESG Investing

Trump’s flurry of proposals to roll back environmental regulations and reject climate change science may seem like a death toll for sustainable investors, but it might have an opposite, galvanizing effect. As Barron’s writes, “The political backdrop could actually be good for so-called ESG funds, which include environmental, social, and governance criteria in their stock-picking. Trump’s actions could not only …

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Impact Investing

How Institutional Investors and Intermediaries View Impact Investing

Impact investing is a buzzworthy topic, but does everyone agree on what it means and what the future holds? American Century Investments and Greenwich Associates teamed up to ask institutional investors and financial intermediaries about the growing interest in impact investing. The study took place between late 2015 and early 2016, and included a total of 277 institutional investors, investment consultants, …

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Which ESG Factors Are Most Important to Investors?

We’ve written recently on the upward trend of ESG investing and the asset inflows. But what ESG criteria are  most important to institutional investors? As Forbes writes, “The leading ESG criteria institutional investors consider are restrictions on investing in companies doing business in regions with conflict risk, particularly in countries with repressive regimes or sponsoring terrorism, and  climate change and …

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Green Consumer Tips


Meet Maestro, the Occupancy Sensing Light Switch

Turning on the lights upon entering a room is not a big deal. But how often do you forget to turn them off when you leave, wasting electricity and burning your bulbs out faster? Meet Maestro, a motion sensing light switch that will make up for any absent mindedness. Maestro detects when you enter the room, and when you leave. …

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