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December 18, 2014 Say Goodbye to the American Century

Source: Time

America is not in decline. the U.S. will have the world’s most formidable military for the foreseeable future. Its economy remains the world’s largest, and its recovery will probably gather more steam in 2015. Its workforce is...

December 17, 2014 Beware The Approaching Silent Killer: Influenza

Source: Forbes

Now that the media have finished with the luridly reported and absurdly exaggerated concerns about Ebola in the U.S., they might wish to consider a genuine imminent threat to our health: influenza. The “flu,” which is marked by...

December 17, 2014 The problem with corporate social responsibility

Source: Open Democracy

The problem with an approach that lets business define corporate responsibility is that it is not grounded in a set of principles about what it means to be a responsible business. Corporate social responsibility is whatever...

December 17, 2014 Sierra Leone’s crisis deepens as doctors die of Ebola

Source: Washington Post

No evacuation plane to the United States or Europe awaited Dr. Thomas Rogers in early December when he fell ill with the Ebola virus in Sierra Leone. Instead, the highly trained physicianstruggled to be admitted to one of the...

December 17, 2014 Hedge Fund Manager Who Remembers 1998 Rout Says Prepare for Pain

Source: Bloomberg

“My long-standing view on EM currencies is that they could melt down because there has simply been way too much cumulative capital flows,” said Jen. “Nothing the EM economics can do will stop these potential outflows as long as...

December 12, 2014 Corporate social responsibility is about the action, not the talk

Source: Financial Post

You might think that embracing Corporate Social Responsibility is a matter of public relations, but there are practical legal reasons for mining companies to have a CSR strategy in place

December 10, 2014 Sustainable & Responsible Investing: It's Now $1-in-$6 in the US Capital Markets!

Source: CSRWire, Hank Boerner, Chairman, Governance & Accountability Institute

For your conversations inside the company, and perhaps outside, the following key numbers should help you make the investing or business case for corporate responsibility:

December 9, 2014 How to be a socially responsible investor

The Week Magazine - In 2013, $6.57 trillion in assets under management were devoted to socially responsible investing â an increase of 76 percent since 2012, according to the Forum for Sustainable and Responsible Investment...

December 9, 2014 The Heat Is On: Three Ways To Avoid Climate Armageddon

Forbes - The UN îIntergovernmental Panel on Climate Changeî (IPCC) report echoes the work released by 13 US federal government agencies this past spring predicting that climate change would harm the American economy...

December 8, 2014 Beyond profits: Millennials embrace investing for social good

Source: LA Times

Yet there are questions about how far millennials will be willing or able to take socially responsible investing — especially if it means their nest egg earns less than the stock market overall. As people age, the fear of...

December 8, 2014 Philanthropy Over Policy Equals Plutocracy

Source: by Larry Checco

Philanthropy verses policy. What’s at stake? In the United States of America, perhaps our entire democratic process. At a recent Brookings Institution event that focused on income inequality, John Prideaux, Washington...[more]

December 5, 2014 Opinion: Sorry, but America is still No. 1

Source: MarketWatch

CAMBRIDGE — Headlines around the world trumpeted a watershed moment for the global economy. As the Financial Times put it, “China poised to pass U.S. as world’s leading economic power this year.” This is a startling development —...

December 5, 2014 Market Structure Map - Lava Cools

Source: Tim Quast, President, ModernNetworks IR LLC

In 1999, two years after the SEC passed rules on handling trades and set regulations for alternative trading systems that today we call “dark pools,” Richard Korhammer and his engineering colleagues started a direct-access...[more]

December 4, 2014 Australian companies fail to identify sustainability risks and opportunities

Source: The Guardian

In an interview earlier this year with a corporate sustainability director of a leading Australian corporation, I had hoped to discuss the value of sustainability reporting. What was said I’ve heard on several occasions, but it...

December 4, 2014 4 Ways You Can Give (And Get) Through Socially Responsible Investing

Source: Forbes

At its core, it’s when you weigh both social impact and financial return while choosing investments for your portfolio—and it’s become an increasingly popular way for people to invest in causes they believe in.

December 3, 2014 What Is the Break-Even Point for OPEC, U.S. Shale? - video

Source: Bloomberg

Willem Buiter, chief economist at Citigroup and Bloomberg’s Hans Nichols discuss the economic impact on oil producing nations and OPEC as prices continue to tumble. They speak on “Bloomberg Surveillance

December 3, 2014 Does Social Impact Demand Financial Sacrifice?

A growing number of social impact investment firms are onto their second or third funds, a reliable sign that the earliest funds had returns good enough to make their limited partners want to come back for more. SJF Ventures of...

December 3, 2014 Oil Investors May Be Running Off a Cliff They Can’t See

Source: Bloomberg

A major threat to fossil fuel companies has suddenly moved from the fringe to center stage with a dramatic announcement by Germany’s biggest power company and an intriguing letter from the Bank of England

December 2, 2014 Information-Rich Democracy Is Key to Good Governance

Source: Huff Post

So, for both ethical and practical reasons, social scientists have long investigated how the concerns of a society's members can be reflected in one way or another in its collective decisions, even if the society is not fully...

December 2, 2014 So, How Do We Make Sustainability... Sustainable?

Source: Forbes

Last week the New York Times reported that, for the first time in history, clean energy resources like solar and wind are becoming cost competitive with conventional coal in some markets. This paradigm shift, where clean energy...

December 2, 2014 OPEC is wrong to think it can outlast U.S. on oil prices

Source: MarketWatch

Give Saudi Arabia credit: Whoever sets oil-production policy for the desert kingdom has guts. Unfortunately, the sheiks have made what’s likely to become a sucker’s bet.

December 2, 2014 Is This The Bottom For Russia?

Source: Forbes

Yesterday Russia suffered the biggest one-day decline in its currency since its 1998 financial crisis. This morning, however, it’s stronger. Have we seen the worst?

December 1, 2014 Socially responsible investing: Match your values with your investment strategy

Source: MarketWatch

Does this sound familiar? You’ve committed to reducing your household’s environmental impact by recycling as much as possible, composting food waste, taking reusable bags to the grocery store and avoiding Styrofoam like the...

December 1, 2014 I don’t see institutional investors being active enough: M. Damodaran

Source: Live Mint

The new Companies Act and changes made by the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi) to Clause 49 of the listing agreement have tightened the corporate governance norms that Indian firms must adhere to

December 1, 2014 Whatever Happened to Inflation?

Source: Reason.com

Since 2008, the Federal Reserve has been trying to stave off economic disaster with an unconventional monetary policy tool known as quantitative easing. By buying financial assets from commercial banks and other institutions, the...

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