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Socially responsible investing

Of Colossal Fools and Fossil Fuels

Oct 15th, 2019 | Filed under: Newly Added, What about beta?, Social investing, Socially responsible investing, The Global Economy & Currencies, Alternative energy, Business News, Economics, Climate change, SRI and Clean Energy, Macroeconomics, Other Topics in A.I.

By Bill Kelly, CEO, CAIA Association The saying “fool me once shame on you, fool me twice shame on me” has its origins all the way back to the 1600’s when most of the carbon now in our atmosphere was “safely” encased in limestone and other rock formations within theRead More


‘Greenwashing:’ Why the Glass is Half Full

Sep 19th, 2019 | Filed under: Newly Added, Social investing, The A.I. Industry, Socially responsible investing, Emerging Alternative Investments, Other Issues in Private Investments, Operationally Intensive Real Assets, Private Investments, SRI and Clean Energy, Other Topics in A.I.

The term “greenwashing” is not a compliment. It isn’t supposed to be a good thing. Greenwashing means the re-spraying of old products and services so that they seem to comply with standards for socially responsible investment. Many investors want to put their money to work in ways that reflect theirRead More


Boone Pickens, A Trailblazer, Passes On

Sep 17th, 2019 | Filed under: Newly Added, Hedge Fund Strategies, The A.I. Industry, Investing in Commodities, Socially responsible investing, Hedge Funds, Event-Driven Hedge Funds, oil, Alternative energy, Commodities, Other Issues in Private Investments, Energy, SRI and Clean Energy, Other Topics in A.I.

T. Boone Pickens died quietly at home in Dallas, Texas on Sept. 11, 2019. In his long career Pickens did a good deal to give the current hedge fund industry, as well as the broader asset management industry and the energy commodities markets, their character, in a life that sometimesRead More


Can Sustainable Investing Sustain Itself in Japan?

Sep 15th, 2019 | Filed under: Newly Added, Social investing, The A.I. Industry, Socially responsible investing, Emerging Alternative Investments, Alternative energy, Other Issues in Private Investments, Private Investments, SRI and Clean Energy, Other Topics in A.I.

Advocates of sustainable investing in Japan are struggling, according to a new report co-authored by William Burchart and Jessica Ziegler of The Investment Integration Project (TIIP). Their research is based on a literature review and discussions with more than 50 industry experts. The paper was released Sept. 6 and isRead More


ESG: WHAT’S UNDER THE HOOD?

Jul 14th, 2019 | Filed under: Newly Added, Social investing, The A.I. Industry, Socially responsible investing, SRI and Clean Energy

By Nicolas Rabener of FactorResearch (@FactorResearch) ESG INVESTING – SIMPLE OR COMPLEX? Investing is complicated as it is simple and complex at the same time. Common advice for new investors is to pursue a buy-and-hold approach for long-term wealth creation. Although this strategy has worked out great in the U.S.Read More


The Environmental Road to the Future is Paved…in Green

Jul 1st, 2019 | Filed under: Newly Added, Social investing, The A.I. Industry, Socially responsible investing, Climate change, SRI and Clean Energy, Other Topics in A.I.

By Diane Harrison In January of this year, the World Economic Forum published an article, A Business Model for Sustainability, which highlighted a couple of key points relating to the growing interest in green business practices: Global finance is also inching toward sustainability. For example, environmental, social, and governance assetsRead More


How Hedge Funds Use Corporate Social Responsibility Considerations

May 30th, 2019 | Filed under: Newly Added, Hedge Fund Strategies, Social investing, The A.I. Industry, Equity Hedge Funds, Socially responsible investing, Hedge Funds, Event-Driven Hedge Funds, SRI and Clean Energy

A new study by Jun Duanmu and three colleagues examines hedge fund use of matters of corporate social responsibility. The authors work from an asset-weighted composite measure of CSR by fund, in order to seek the difference in financial performance of those hedge funds with high CSR investment and thoseRead More


The Two Faces of Investing in Renewables

May 27th, 2019 | Filed under: Newly Added, Hedge Fund Strategies, The A.I. Industry, Investing in Commodities, Equity Hedge Funds, Socially responsible investing, Hedge Funds, Event-Driven Hedge Funds, Emerging Alternative Investments, The Global Economy & Currencies, Emerging markets, Alternative energy, Commodities: Examples, Energy, Frontier markets, SRI and Clean Energy, Other Topics in A.I.

Renewable energy, however defined, is widely seen as a sustainable and socially responsible (and, if the investing is done right, very profitable) addition to one’s portfolio. Indeed, such entities as the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis, an Ohio based research-and-analysis shop, exist to show that renewables are theRead More


Impact Investing: How Big is the Market?

Apr 28th, 2019 | Filed under: Newly Added, Social investing, The A.I. Industry, Socially responsible investing

The Global Impact Investing Network recently issued a report on the size of the market for impact investing. The report explores how many investors want to invest how much of their money in ways that will do good for the planet and for the human social structures it hosts, asRead More


Earth to Kerth… It’s Our Day 

Apr 22nd, 2019 | Filed under: Newly Added, What about beta?, Socially responsible investing, Emerging Alternative Investments, Alternative energy, Climate change, SRI and Clean Energy, Other Topics in A.I.

By Bill Kelly, CEO, CAIA Association The Urban Dictionary turned 20 years old last month. If staying power means anything, perhaps it is time to use it as a citable source for modern day lexicon of words like Kerth. It seems Kerth is a name for someone who connotes sweetness, politeness,Read More


Was 2014 a Turning Point for ESG Investing?

Mar 7th, 2019 | Filed under: Newly Added, Social investing, The A.I. Industry, Institutional Investing, Socially responsible investing, Emerging Alternative Investments, Institutional Asset Management, SRI and Clean Energy

Amundi, the French asset management firm that, less than a year ago, launched the world’s largest green bond and emerging markets-focused investment, has just posted a scholarly discussion, “How ESG Investing Has Impacted the Asset Pricing in the Equity Market.”  The paper begins by saying that academic study of ESG firmsRead More


Green Bonds: The Future of Infrastructure Investing

Feb 24th, 2019 | Filed under: Newly Added, Commodities, Infrastructure, Investing in Commodities, Debt Types of Private Equity, Institutional Investing, Socially responsible investing, Hedge Funds, Commodities, Operationally Intensive Real Assets, Climate change, Institutional Asset Management, Private Investments, Real Assets, SRI and Clean Energy, Other Topics in A.I.

Two scholars affiliated with the Centre for International Governance Innovation, Waterloo, Canada, have taken a look at the future of green bonds, that is, bonds whose proceeds are employed to fund environmental initiatives. The paper, by Olaf Weber and Vasundhara Saravade, begins with a guesstimate as to the amount ofRead More


Steps to Attain Sustainable Development Goals

Feb 19th, 2019 | Filed under: Newly Added, Social investing, The A.I. Industry, Institutional Investing, Socially responsible investing, Other Issues in Private Investments, Climate change, Institutional Asset Management, Private Investments, SRI and Clean Energy

Amber Fairbanks, a portfolio manager at Mirova, a division of Natixis, recently talked to Clarice Avery, a Natixis investment strategist on Asset TV about potential long-term investment opportunity in the ESG space. She described ESG as a way in which investors can benefit from long-term secular trends rather than tryingRead More


How Public Pension Funds are Subsidizing Infrastructure

Jan 29th, 2019 | Filed under: Newly Added, Infrastructure, The A.I. Industry, Institutional Investing, Socially responsible investing, Alternative energy, Operationally Intensive Real Assets, Institutional Asset Management, Frontier markets, Real Assets, SRI and Clean Energy

Public pension funds in the United States invest in infrastructure. Unfortunately, they aren’t very good at it. A recent working paper of the NBER concludes, indeed, that public pensions are so bad at such investments that they—and thus either the public or its retirees or both—are unwittingly subsidizing infrastructure projects.Read More


Do the Capital Markets Reward Low-Carbon Business Models?

Jan 15th, 2019 | Filed under: Newly Added, Commodities, The A.I. Industry, Investing in Commodities, Socially responsible investing, Natural Resources and Land, Emerging Alternative Investments, oil, Alternative energy, Commodities, Commodities: Examples, Climate change, Real Assets, SRI and Clean Energy, Other Topics in A.I.

A new study by two scholars, an American and an Italian, presents evidence that financial markets are pricing the risk of reliance upon carbon, penalizing carbon-intensive assets and rewarding low-carbon assets. Irene Monasterolo and Luca de Angelis, respectively of Boston University and the University of Bologna, begin with the ParisRead More


10 Climate Change Actions for Pension Fund Managers

Oct 28th, 2018 | Filed under: Newly Added, Consultants, Social investing, The A.I. Industry, Institutional Investing, Socially responsible investing, Climate change, Institutional Asset Management, SRI and Clean Energy, Other Topics in A.I.

The International Centre for Pension Management (ICPM) has put out a paper on climate change and on the difference it makes for investments. The issue of climate change has, in recent years, gone from “being considered a niche issue to one of potentially major financial consequences for all investors,” oneRead More


Crumbling infrastructure offers mid-market investment opportunities

Jun 3rd, 2018 | Filed under: Newly Added, Infrastructure, Socially responsible investing, Operationally Intensive Real Assets, Real Assets, SRI and Clean Energy

Deteriorating infrastructure and potential for investment is the topic of a new white paper by Fiera Capital, a Canadian investment management firm. Infrastructure is generally understood to involve physical assets that provide a public service, including those most vital to economic development. The category includes water and waste-water systems, highwaysRead More


Whence Corporate Social Responsibility?

Mar 4th, 2018 | Filed under: Newly Added, Due Diligence Process, Socially responsible investing, SRI and Clean Energy, Risk Management & Operations, Other Topics in A.I.

A new scholarly paper, forthcoming in the Journal of Financial Economics, delves into the question whether institutional investors are the driving force behind corporate social economy. I.J. Alexander Dyck and three other scholars looked specifically at the environmental and social performance of firms across 41 countries. They found that ownershipRead More


Ceres Report Evaluates Value of Early-Stage Clean Energy

Feb 4th, 2018 | Filed under: Newly Added, Private Equity, Venture capital, Socially responsible investing, Emerging Alternative Investments, Alternative energy, Other Issues in Private Investments, Commodities: Examples, Energy, Private Investments, SRI and Clean Energy, Other Topics in A.I.

A recent publication from Ceres, a nonprofit organization devoted to promoting sustainability as a goal in both investing and corporate governance, looks at the value that early-stage clean energy products offer venture capitalists. The publication is the work of a team of five “lead authors and key contributors,” including threeRead More


Principles, ESG, and Credit Risk

Jan 11th, 2018 | Filed under: Newly Added, Socially responsible investing, Other Issues in Private Investments, SRI and Clean Energy, Other Topics in A.I.

The UN Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI), an initiative working to put into practice six principles on the environmental, social, and governance (ESG) aspects of investment decisions, in partnership with the UNEP Finance Initiative and the UN Global Compact, has issued a paper on the credit ratings agencies and theirRead More


Women on Boards: Different Markets, Different Trends

Jan 4th, 2018 | Filed under: Newly Added, Socially responsible investing, Other Topics in A.I.

The latest MSCI “Women on Boards Progress Report” notes that the advancement of women onto corporate boards and into the corporate suites of corporations with global reach has been slow. Until recently, MSCI had anticipated that 30% of the company board seats on the MSCI All Country World Index (ACWI)Read More


The Performance of Impact Investments

Dec 26th, 2017 | Filed under: Newly Added, Social investing, Socially responsible investing, Other Topics in A.I.

The Global Impact Investing Network has offered its own take on a much discussed question: do “impact investing” and its variants under various names – sustainable investing, socially conscious investing, ESG investing, etc. – work? And, if so, how well? It looks at this question in a very granular way,Read More


Performance of SRIs: Funds and Indexes

Oct 5th, 2017 | Filed under: Newly Added, Socially responsible investing, Alternative energy, SRI and Clean Energy, Other Topics in A.I.

A new paper by Giuseppe Risalvato, a Ph.D. candidate at Università Carlo Cattaneo, Italy, contends that there is no “ethical sacrifice” in investing. That is, there is no discount that investors who want to be socially responsible will have to pay for that choice. Risalvato makes two chief theoretical argumentsRead More


A Call to Norway to Invest in Renewables

Sep 14th, 2017 | Filed under: Newly Added, Socially responsible investing, SRI and Clean Energy, Other Topics in A.I.

A new paper from the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis looks at Norway’s pension fund, which is now in the process of increasing its investment in stock from 62.5% of the portfolio to 70%. The total portfolio value is now $7.5 trillion NOK, or about US $976 billion.Read More


An Alternative Approach to Responsible Investing

Jul 31st, 2017 | Filed under: Newly Added, Socially responsible investing, SRI and Clean Energy, Other Topics in A.I.

On May 18, 2017, CAIA’s Boston Chapter held a panel discussion at the InterContinental Boston on “An Alternative Approach to Responsible Investing.” Moderated by Bill Kelly, CEO, CAIA Association, panelists included leading ESG investing experts Tim Brennan, Treasurer & CFO, Unitarian Universalist Association; Jeff Finkelman, CFA, Research Associate, Impact Investments,Read More


Ernst & Young on ESG Reporting

Apr 23rd, 2017 | Filed under: Newly Added, Socially responsible investing, SRI and Clean Energy, Other Topics in A.I.

Are companies leveling with their shareholders and stakeholders in reporting data pertinent to their environmental and social impacts and their governance issues? Whether they are or aren’t levelling: how important is that as part of their relationship with their investors? For Ernst & Young, these questions have become more pressingRead More


Notes on Impact Investing in Europe

Feb 28th, 2017 | Filed under: Newly Added, Social investing, Socially responsible investing, SRI and Clean Energy, Other Topics in A.I.

The Science Communication Unit (SCU) of the University of the West of England has produced what it calls a “future brief,” a discussion of environmental impact investing focused especially on the European context. The term “impact investing” itself is only about a decade old. The idea, under various guises, isRead More


Impact Investing: The Impacts, Measurement and Profit

Oct 30th, 2016 | Filed under: Newly Added, Alpha-centric Companies, Social investing, Socially responsible investing, Other Topics in A.I.

One candidate for the title “next new thing” is “impact investing.” As the term suggests, this refers to investing with an eye to the ways in which the investor’s decisions make an impact upon society beyond his own portfolio. This sounds a lot like socially responsible investing, or like itsRead More


Taking the Alcohol Out of the Wine:  A Decarbonized Index

Jul 19th, 2016 | Filed under: Newly Added, Socially responsible investing, Climate change, SRI and Clean Energy, Other Topics in A.I.

A recent publication in the Financial Analysts Journal presents a model by virtue of which long-term passive investors may hedge the risks associated with climate change and/or with climate change related public policies. One incidental feature of the article is the sense it provides of the difference between carbon-free indexesRead More


ESG Issues: The Material and the Immaterial

Jul 12th, 2016 | Filed under: Newly Added, Socially responsible investing, Benchmarking & Performance Attribution, Alternative energy, SRI and Clean Energy, Allocating to A.I., Other Topics in A.I.

Activists pressing for corporate change on environmental, social, and governance issues often focus on issues that are, from the point of view of firm valuation, immaterial. Three scholars associated with the Harvard Business School recently quantified the materiality versus immateriality of shareholder proposals on ESG topics and discussed some ofRead More


Investors ‘Misoverestimate’ ETFs and a Push Towards ESG

May 26th, 2016 | Filed under: Newly Added, The A.I. Industry, Industry Size & Managers, Socially responsible investing, ETFs, SRI and Clean Energy, Allocating to A.I., Other Topics in A.I.

In a newly released report, Natixis Global Asset Management speaks to the quite positive views of passive investment vehicles and exchange traded funds that it finds in today’s marketplace.  Their report inspires the neologism “misoverestimate,” as a logical analog of a former U.S. president’s term, “misunder ….” A Natixis surveyRead More


More about Arch Coal and the Dusty Trail Ahead

Jan 24th, 2016 | Filed under: Newly Added, Commodities, Investing in Commodities, Socially responsible investing, Commodities, Commodities: Examples, Energy, SRI and Clean Energy, Other Topics in A.I.

I wrote here last week about the demise of Arch Coal.  I was reminded of the incompleteness of my treatment there by the commenters on that piece, and I’ve been reminded again by subsequent developments. More then: in December 2013 Arch made a tender offer for its $600 million ofRead More


The ‘Sin Stock’ Premium: A Neat Illusion Dismantled

Nov 3rd, 2015 | Filed under: Socially responsible investing, SRI and Clean Energy

The theory behind talk of a 'sin stock' premium is straightforward. It isn't at all clear, though, that facts match the theory. Adamsson and Hoepner think not.Read More


When Underfunded Pension Funds Take Up Social Responsibility Investing

Aug 24th, 2015 | Filed under: Institutional Investing, Socially responsible investing, Legislation/Court rulings

In November 2014, Scott Stringer, New York City's Comptroller, launched a campaign he called the Boardroom Accountability Project. Bernard Sharfman makes a case that this BAP is a good example of much that is wrong with institutional/activist investing today. Read More


Climate Finance: A Priority for the MDBs

Jul 15th, 2015 | Filed under: Social investing, Socially responsible investing, Technology, Climate change

A new report from the World Bank says that six multilateral development banks delivered more than $28 billion in financing in 2014 that "address climate change" in one of two ways, mitigation or adaptation. Read More


The Old Puzzle of SRI: India and France

Jul 12th, 2015 | Filed under: Social investing, Alpha Strategies, Socially responsible investing, Alpha Seekers

The conclusion of two Indian scholars in a new study supports the view that socially responsible investing is good for investors in India. But Faille worries that the battle-of-the-studies has thus far been indecisive, and that aerodynamics suggests this insect shouldn't be able to fly. Read More


Malaysia and the Sukuk World

May 4th, 2015 | Filed under: Socially responsible investing, Emerging markets

Moody’s Investor Services has assigned a provisional A3 rating to a $750 million multi-currency sukuk issuance program established by Telekom Malaysia Berhad. Meanwhile, also in Malaysia....Read More


Longevity Risk: Wary of Your 2015, and of Somebody Else’s Life Span?

Dec 21st, 2014 | Filed under: Liability Driven Investing, Institutional Investing, Risk management, Socially responsible investing

The new survey from Natixis tells us that a lot of asset-managing institutions think their industry as a whole has been quite slow about moving in the direction of liability-driven investment strategies. Also, more than half believe traditional assets are too correlated to provide them with the diversification they need. Read More


The Building of an Infrastructure for Renewables: A Report

Nov 5th, 2014 | Filed under: Private Equity, Commodities, Infrastructure, Socially responsible investing, Alternative energy

In 2012, [as the crude oil price was settling in to $110 and low vol,] the renewables’ infrastructure space for private funds reached an aggregate estimated deal value of $132 billion. In 2013, that fell to $95 billion. It now seems unlikely that 2014 will match last year. Read More


Microfinance and Its Critics: An Update

Oct 27th, 2014 | Filed under: Microfinance, Alpha Hunters, Socially responsible investing

The convergence of a central banker and micro financiers at a recent ceremony in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea inspires a look at where the MFI industry stands, and where it is headed. Read More


Alpha Hunters: Investing in Urban Communities

Jun 18th, 2012 | Filed under: Real Estate, Socially responsible investing

K. Robert "Bobby" Turner has overseen more than $12 billion of investment into urban communities (with partners including Magic Johnson and Andre Agassi), find out why..Read More


The Obvious Place to Look for Stable, Consistent Returns: African Trade Finance

May 14th, 2012 | Filed under: Socially responsible investing

Is Alpha Abundant Only in the Places Few Investors Want to Look?


A Life-changing £600 Million

Apr 30th, 2012 | Filed under: Socially responsible investing

"Over the next decade, impact investment will constitute an investment opportunity of between US$400 billion and US$1 trillion, generating profits of between US$183 billion and US$667 billion..."Read More