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Evaluating the Power of Impact Investing

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The impact investing industry has matured to the point that investors expect rigorous impact measurement and management practices as part of an impact approach to investing. And impact investors identify transparency in impact performance as a key challenge facing the market. But until now, a method of compiling impact results across investments did not exist.

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ESG Investing Attracts the Young and the Wealthy

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“The new generation of wealthy clients, as well as society as a whole, is increasingly aware of the responsibility associated with large fortunes and the positive impact of ESG factors on returns,” said the man responsible for Deutsche Bank’s global wealth business, Fabrizio Campelli.

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Microfinance Borrowers Gain Access to Impact Capital

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From its head office in Zurich, the international impact asset manager responsAbility Investments has closed a US$175 million securitization of loans to microfinance institutions and those that finance small and medium-sized enterprises in emerging markets. Some 30,000 small businesses and 5.6 million microfinance borrowers will benefit.

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Learning to Invest With Impact

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“Purpose is not a mere tagline or marketing campaign; it is a company’s fundamental reason for being – what it does every day to create value for its stakeholders. Purpose is not the sole pursuit of profits but the animating force for achieving them,” wrote Larry Fink, chairman and CEO of Black Rock, the world’s largest asset manager.

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Catalytic Capital Consortium Meets SDG Funding Gap

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The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation today launched the Catalytic Capital Consortium, allocating US$150 million to address financing gaps in impact investing, targeted to funds and intermediaries not suitable for conventional investment.

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EU Drafts New Rules for Impact Investing

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The Council of the European Union is taking steps to encourage financial companies to increase awareness of the impact of their investments on the environment by requiring them to disclose how they integrate environmental, social and governance factors in their investment decisions.

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Faith in Finance

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First the numbers. Financial investors and leaders of more than 30 faith traditions representing over 500 faith investment groups from eight religions with some three trillion dollars in assets, will meet in Zug this month.

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Sacred Sites Strategize for Impact Investments

Sacred Sites Strategize for Impact Investments

Representatives of sacred places and cities that attract spiritual pilgrims are working with highly placed conservationists to create a dedicated fund for their environmental protection by relying on the investment community’s growing commitment to ethical or impact investment.

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Impact Investing Offers Opportunity to Wealth Managers

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There is a difficulty getting HNW clients interested in Impact Investing according to Wealth managers. Robert Rubinstein, Chairman & Founder TBLI Group, says ” I have heard this excuse hundreds of times. It is getting boring.” Robert says Wealth Managers need to lead the way.

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Positive Impact Finance Stands on Principles

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Nineteen global banks and investors, worth a total of US$6.6 trillion in assets, have agreed on a set of standards for financing sustainable development framed as the first-ever Principles for Positive Impact Finance.

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2016 Net Impact Conference

We’re excited to share that the 23rd Net Impact Conference this November 5-7 in Seattle, Washington was a success! Nearly 2400 student and professional leaders came together under one roof to tackle the world’s toughest social and environmental problems. Together we suited up, pushed our limits, and left it all on the field. Game on!

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Investing in Water for Life

Investing in Water for Life

Water scarcity is a top risk to global prosperity and ecological integrity. But creative impact investment solutions, such as Water Sharing Investment Partnerships, can shift water back to the environment, while supporting irrigated agriculture and meeting urban needs, finds new research presented during World Water Week in Stockholm.

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Making Deals in Impact Investing

Making Deals in Impact Investing

While both investors and entrepreneurs are embracing impact investing, they are having a hard time connecting. Why? It seems, it is a limited understanding by both parties on the opportunities of impact investing, the risks, and the realities and nuances of each other’s worlds.

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