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Socially responsible investing

The New Generation of Behavioral Finance

Nov 26th, 2020 | Filed under: Newly Added, Risk management, Asset allocation, Behavioral finance, Socially responsible investing, Asset Allocation Models, ESG, Economics, Risk Management Strategies & Processes, Hedge Funds, Macroeconomics, Finance & Economics

Meir Statman, a professor of finance at Santa Clara University and a consultant to Avantis Investors, has focused his scholarly efforts for decades on behavioral finance, and those efforts have given us a recent book on the subject, Behavioral Finance: The Second Generation. In Statman’s view the first generation ofRead More


OECD Works on Sorting Through the ESG Ratings Systems

Nov 8th, 2020 | Filed under: Newly Added, Risk management, Socially responsible investing, ESG, ETFs, Risk Management Strategies & Processes, SRI and Clean Energy, Other Topics in A.I.

A report from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development critiques “current market practices” in connection with Environmental, Social, and Governance investing. It says that the bewildering ratings, investment terminology, and individual metrics, “present a fragmented and inconsistent view of ESG risks and performances.” On the bright side, the OECDRead More


Micro Financing as a Sustainable Investment

Oct 26th, 2020 | Filed under: Microfinance, Newly Added, Socially responsible investing, Alternative Investments in Context, ESG, Emerging Alternative Investments, Other Topics in A.I.

Micro finance is a very contested subject within the realm of ESG investing. The idea, for which a Bangladeshi, Muhammad Yunus won a Nobel Peace Prize in 2006, is that very small loans to very small-scale entrepreneurs within large populations that have historically gone unbanked, and in particular that haveRead More


EUROPEAN GREEN DEAL: TOWARDS A ZERO-CARBON URBAN ENVIRONMENT

Aug 20th, 2020 | Filed under: Newly Added, Socially responsible investing, The Global Economy & Currencies, Alternative Investments in Context, ESG, Economics, Climate change, Macroeconomics, SRI and Clean Energy, Finance & Economics, Other Topics in A.I.

Part 1 of a multi-part series: The Role of the EU, National Governments & Local Authorities By Christos Angelis, CAIA – Director at Masterdam INTRODUCTION In light of the exciting developments in the European Union regarding the European Green Deal (EGD)[1] presented in the end of 2019, it would beRead More


Impact Investing Won’t Save Capitalism, But Its Example Might

Jul 22nd, 2020 | Filed under: Private Equity, Social investing, Newly Added, Asset allocation, Socially responsible investing, Equity Types of Private Equity, Asset Allocation Models, Other Issues in Private Investments, ESG, Private Investments, SRI and Clean Energy, Other Topics in A.I.

By Michael O’Leary and Warren Valdmanis GIIN’s 10th Anniversary report highlights new records, but what’s the endgame? When the Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN) issued its first survey a decade ago, the term “impact investing” had only been coined three years earlier. Just 24 investors responded. In GIIN’s tenth anniversaryRead More


Looking For Sustainability in Energy SDG Credits

Jul 9th, 2020 | Filed under: Newly Added, Socially responsible investing, ESG, SRI and Clean Energy, Finance & Economics, Other Topics in A.I.

A new report by two analysts at Robeco discusses sustainability trends in energy credits, especially in the era of Covid 19. The analysts acknowledge the demand collapse that is keeping crude oil, and accordingly alternatives fuels, at very low values. Their focus is on what lies ahead for energy credits.Read More


How Often Do Investors Google ‘Climate Change’?

Jun 2nd, 2020 | Filed under: Newly Added, Socially responsible investing, Alternative Investments in Context, ESG, Climate change, Other Topics in A.I.

Two scholars at Copenhagen Business School, Denmark  have devised what they call a “text-based sustainability sentiment measure,” that is, a quantification of when and to what extent concerns about climate change are rising amongst investors, with a likely consequence for the success of an ESG-oriented trading policy. The authors areRead More


Wedding ESG with Modern Portfolio Theory

Mar 29th, 2020 | Filed under: Newly Added, Socially responsible investing, ESG, The A.I. Industry, Other Topics in A.I.

Three executives at AQR Capital have proposed a new variant on modern portfolio theory, an elaboration of the classical idea of an efficient frontier. The idea, going back to Markowitz’ 1952 paper, is that there exists a set of possible portfolios such that each achieves the best possible risk-return tradeoff.Read More


Wall Street Tackles Sustainable Development Goals

Feb 25th, 2020 | Filed under: Retail Investing, Newly Added, Institutional Investing, Socially responsible investing, ESG, The A.I. Industry, Institutional Asset Management, SRI and Clean Energy, Other Topics in A.I.

In 2015 the United Nations defined 17 Sustainable Development Goals [no poverty, no hunger, health & well-being, etc.] along with 169 targets that were devised to allow for quantitative measurement of progress. It also set 2030 as the bull’s eye for the attainment of the goals. Since governments alone areRead More


Lessons from CAIS 2020

Feb 11th, 2020 | Filed under: Debt Types of Private Equity, Newly Added, Institutional Investing, Socially responsible investing, Equity Types of Private Equity, Artificial Intelligence, CAIA Alternative Viewpoints, Alternative Investments in Context, ESG, Economics, Climate change, Institutional Asset Management, Hedge Funds, Macroeconomics, Private Investments, Personalities in AI, SRI and Clean Energy, Allocating to A.I., Other Topics in A.I.

John Bowman, CFA, Senior Managing Director at CAIA Association “You’re a kite dancing in a hurricane, Mr. Bond.” (Mr. White to 007, Spectre) Despite the crystal blue island water, softly rolling Caribbean tide, and perfect skies outside the hotel all week, I opened my conference wrap-up panel reminding delegates forRead More


Climate: The ‘OUR’ Between Dog and Wolf

Feb 10th, 2020 | Filed under: Newly Added, Institutional Investing, Media Coverage of Hedge Funds, Socially responsible investing, The Global Economy & Currencies, What about beta?, Alternative Investments in Context, ESG, Economics, Climate change, Institutional Asset Management, Hedge Funds, Macroeconomics, Private Investments, SRI and Clean Energy, Finance & Economics, Other Topics in A.I.

By Bill Kelly, CEO, CAIA Association While this week’s post may harken to a certain book written by John Coates, there is a different play on the metaphor at work here, with our wheezing planet spinning in the center. Consider the wolf: powerful, aggressive, and risk-seeking. The wolf is alsoRead More


ESG: Why the Ratings Diverge

Jan 20th, 2020 | Filed under: Newly Added, Socially responsible investing, The Global Economy & Currencies, Business News, ESG, The A.I. Industry, SRI and Clean Energy, Allocating to A.I., Other Topics in A.I.

A recent MIT Sloan research paper looks at the degree to which various environmental, social, and governance (ESG) ratings diverge and why. The paper is the work of Florian Berg and Roberto Rigobon, both of MIT Sloan, and Julian F. Kolbel, who is affiliated with the University of Zurich’s departmentRead More


Fossil Fuel: Divestment By the Numbers

Jan 16th, 2020 | Filed under: Private Equity, Social investing, Debt Types of Private Equity, Newly Added, Venture capital, Socially responsible investing, Equity Types of Private Equity, Alternative energy, Other Issues in Private Investments, The A.I. Industry, Private Investments, SRI and Clean Energy, Allocating to A.I., Finance & Economics, Other Topics in A.I.

Bill Gates, the founder of Microsoft and one of the world’s wealthiest humans, attracted a good deal of attention last fall by saying, “Divestment, to date, probably has reduced about zero tons of emissions.” He thereby put his finger on a key fault line amongst those who regard ESG investmentRead More


How Expensive Are ESG Stocks?

Jan 12th, 2020 | Filed under: Social investing, Newly Added, Socially responsible investing, The A.I. Industry, Other Topics in A.I.

By Nicolas Rabener, FactorResearch (@FactorResearch) INTRODUCTION Europeans seem far more focused on the environment than Americans, which might be considered unusual given that both share an interest in the outdoors and have great national parks. Perhaps this is explained by Europe’s higher population density, which puts living space at aRead More


From SRI to Shariah: A Bridge Not too Far

Dec 24th, 2019 | Filed under: Newly Added, Socially responsible investing, The A.I. Industry, SRI and Clean Energy, Other Topics in A.I.

Usman Hayat, for the CFA Institute has written a provocative paper about the relationship between socially responsible investing on the one hand and Islamic finance on the other. His bottom line is that “emerging trends may enable financial services to develop products that satisfy criteria of both approaches.” In anRead More


Ebenezer Scrooge: An Alternative View

Dec 23rd, 2019 | Filed under: Alpha-centric Companies, Social investing, Industry Size & Managers, Newly Added, Asset Managers, Institutional Investing, Socially responsible investing, What about beta?, The A.I. Industry, Institutional Asset Management, Hedge Funds, SRI and Clean Energy, Other Topics in A.I.

By Bill Kelly, CEO, CAIA Association Ebenezer Scrooge was not exactly a cuddly CEO. The way he treated poor Bob Cratchit alone would not have exactly put Scrooge & Marley Ltd. in the top quartile of the Sustainalytics’ ESG Risk Ratings, as he routinely gutted any notion of social responsibility.Read More


Investment Management: Time for New Leaders and Exiting Comfort Zones

Dec 10th, 2019 | Filed under: Hedge Fund Industry Trends, Consultants, Private Equity, Industry Size & Managers, Newly Added, Institutional Investing, Socially responsible investing, Equity Types of Private Equity, Other Issues in Private Investments, Business News, The A.I. Industry, Institutional Asset Management, Hedge Funds, Private Investments, SRI and Clean Energy

Disruption is the trend of the moment in many industries and the investment world is no exception. Deloitte Insights has just posted an article that takes a comprehensive look at the investment world today, traditional and alternative. Its theme is that this world is in search of new leadership andRead More


Of Colossal Fools and Fossil Fuels

Oct 15th, 2019 | Filed under: Social investing, Newly Added, Socially responsible investing, The Global Economy & Currencies, What about beta?, Alternative energy, Business News, Economics, Climate change, Macroeconomics, SRI and Clean Energy, 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: Social investing, Newly Added, Socially responsible investing, Other Issues in Private Investments, Operationally Intensive Real Assets, The A.I. Industry, Emerging Alternative Investments, 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: Hedge Fund Strategies, Investing in Commodities, Newly Added, Socially responsible investing, Event-Driven Hedge Funds, oil, Alternative energy, Other Issues in Private Investments, Energy, The A.I. Industry, Hedge Funds, Commodities, 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: Social investing, Newly Added, Socially responsible investing, Alternative energy, Other Issues in Private Investments, The A.I. Industry, Emerging Alternative 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: Social investing, Newly Added, Socially responsible investing, The A.I. Industry, 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: Social investing, Newly Added, Socially responsible investing, Climate change, The A.I. Industry, 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: Hedge Fund Strategies, Social investing, Equity Hedge Funds, Newly Added, Socially responsible investing, Event-Driven Hedge Funds, The A.I. Industry, 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: Hedge Fund Strategies, Investing in Commodities, Equity Hedge Funds, Newly Added, Socially responsible investing, Event-Driven Hedge Funds, The Global Economy & Currencies, Emerging markets, Alternative energy, Commodities: Examples, Energy, The A.I. Industry, Frontier markets, Hedge Funds, Emerging Alternative Investments, 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: Social investing, Newly Added, Socially responsible investing, The A.I. Industry

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, Socially responsible investing, What about beta?, Alternative energy, Climate change, Emerging Alternative Investments, 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: Social investing, Newly Added, Institutional Investing, Socially responsible investing, The A.I. Industry, Institutional Asset Management, Emerging Alternative Investments, 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: Commodities, Infrastructure, Investing in Commodities, Debt Types of Private Equity, Newly Added, Institutional Investing, Socially responsible investing, Operationally Intensive Real Assets, Climate change, Institutional Asset Management, Hedge Funds, Commodities, 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: Social investing, Newly Added, Institutional Investing, Socially responsible investing, Other Issues in Private Investments, Climate change, The A.I. Industry, 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: Infrastructure, Newly Added, Institutional Investing, Socially responsible investing, Alternative energy, Operationally Intensive Real Assets, The A.I. Industry, 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: Commodities, Investing in Commodities, Newly Added, Socially responsible investing, Natural Resources and Land, oil, Alternative energy, Commodities: Examples, Climate change, The A.I. Industry, Commodities, Emerging Alternative Investments, 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: Consultants, Social investing, Newly Added, Institutional Investing, Socially responsible investing, Climate change, The A.I. Industry, 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: Infrastructure, Newly Added, 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: Due Diligence Process, Newly Added, 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: Private Equity, Newly Added, Venture capital, Socially responsible investing, Alternative energy, Other Issues in Private Investments, Commodities: Examples, Energy, Emerging Alternative Investments, 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: Social investing, Newly Added, 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: Social investing, Newly Added, 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: Alpha-centric Companies, Social investing, Newly Added, 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: Industry Size & Managers, Newly Added, Socially responsible investing, ETFs, The A.I. Industry, 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: Commodities, Investing in Commodities, Newly Added, Socially responsible investing, Commodities: Examples, Energy, Commodities, 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