Posts Categorized ‘Economic’

Unintended Consequences: Student Debt
By Mel Miller

Within the sustainable, responsible, impact investing community, intention is important. Intention sets us apart from other investment styles, even if those other investment activities happen to generate unintended positive social and environmental impacts. However, intention alone is rarely sufficient. When we use tools such as investing to solve sizeable problems, there is always a risk Read more »

Posted: December 16, 2015

Are we Winning the War on Coal?
By James Griffitts, Contributor

In Washington, tightening EPA restrictions and policies favoring cleaner energy have led some to characterize present policy as a war on coal. Whether or not an actual war on coal is underway, a recent report released by the Carbon Tracking Initiative indicates that the decline in the US coal sector is not cyclical, but structural. Read more »

Posted: May 13, 2015

Policy Levers for Impact Investing
By Lauren Morrell

Though we may overlook its importance, conditions in the public sector can often have a considerable effect on the success of private impact investments. In light of this, the White House has been adjusting policies to promote impact investing and has shifted focus from “what government can do, [to] what government can allow markets to Read more »

Posted: April 8, 2015

The Grand Strategy Project
By Michael Schweibinz

Patrick Doherty , the founding co-director of the Strategic Innovation Lab at Case Western University, was one of many enlightening speakers who took center stage at the 25th annual SRI Conference in early November. Mr. Doherty presented the essence of a multi-year, multi-stakeholder project focused on developing a new "Grand Strategy” for the United States (video Read more »

Posted: December 17, 2014

What Makes a Green Bond “Green”?
By Michael Schweibinz

A high level of enthusiasm and optimism flowed through the 25th annual SRI Conference as a panel of experts discussed the past, present, and future of the rapidly emerging green bond market. The discussion panel consisted of issuers, rating agencies, and investors sharing their own perspectives on the market, its players, impact, and metrics. Speakers Read more »

Posted: December 3, 2014

Hazardous to Your Wealth
By R.Kevin O'Keefe, CIMA®, AIF®

With big moves in the stock markets lately, some investors might be anxious. The past several weeks have given almost every investor an opportunity to feel that they are right about the market—whether their outlook is bullish or bearish. Having a strong opinion about the direction of the stock market can be very hazardous to your wealth. To Read more »

Posted: November 12, 2014

Millennials: Do Gooders at Heart
By Michael Schweibinz

The American workplace is on the verge of one of the largest demographic shifts in contemporary history. It’s a bold statement, but one that’s becoming widely acknowledged, as the Millennials sweep into leadership positions in for-profit and non-profit corporations across the country. Who are they? How will they impact the future of America?  (see the info graphic Read more »

Posted: October 20, 2014

The Three Ps Echo Across Wall Street
By Michael Schweibinz

Have you earned an MBA or degree in business administration sometime during the past half-century? If the so, you’ve surely had the four Ps of marketing engrained into your business DNA. Marketers tend to focus on price, product, place, and promotion. Similarly, responsible investors make decisions based on people, planet, and profit. The three Ps Read more »

Posted: October 13, 2014

Time to Change the “Dual Mandate”
By Mel Miller

The Federal Reserve is coming under growing criticism for actions taken during and since the Great Recession. In light of the political acrimony which currently permeates Washington, DC, I am concerned that any decisions that will change the workings of the Federal Reserve could merely be politically motivated and not in the best interests of the Read more »

Posted: September 17, 2014

World Bank Calls for Carbon Pricing
By Dan Sherman

It is said that there is nothing more powerful than an idea whose time has come. Evidently UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon feels the time has come to discuss the idea of shifting to a low-carbon economy. The Secretary General has called for a summit to focus on climate change in advance of the climate Read more »

Posted: September 15, 2014

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