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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...

November 28, 2014 Good News on Energy

Source: NY Times

WHEN the world’s two largest polluters join in establishing new goals for reducing emissions of climate-disrupting gases, criticism and skepticism are predictable. And there was plenty following the recent agreement between the...

November 26, 2014 Blog: What does good corporate governance look like?

Source: Economia

We all know the importance of corporate culture and behaviour in corporate governance. The revised Preface of the 2014 version of the UK Corporate Governance Code talks about the key role that the board plays in establishing...

November 25, 2014 At Crisis Time – For Companies and Celebrities, It’s Usually Not Just One Thing to Deal With

Source: Hank Boerner, Chairman, G&A Institute

In my career of advising clients on issue management and crisis management (and especially crisis response), I usually pointed out to those in the crosshairs that it is not just “one thing” to deal with. Often, in time of an...

November 25, 2014 Why Are Oil Prices Dropping?

Source: Forbes

With the price of oil down 28 percent in recent months, financial analysts and political pundits are all asking the same questions: What are the reasons behind this drop and why isn’t OPEC taking steps to stop the bleeding?

November 24, 2014 Is Refusing to Fight Climate Change Unethical'

knowledge.insead.edu - Commentators say those not following the recommendations of the îIntergovernmental Panel on Climate Changeî are unethical. I disagree. The îIntergovernmental Panel on Climate Changeî...

November 24, 2014 Oil woes for Venezuela

Source: Miami Herald

Falling gas prices around the world, now at a four-year low, could result in the lifting of government subsidies on gasoline inside Venezuela, which has been a big savings for its citizens. The combination of the end of the...

November 21, 2014 Market Structure Map - Feedback

Source: Tim Quast, President, ModernNetworks IR LLC

We’re inundated with market information in the investor-relations profession. The feedback loop is so intensive that it can somewhere morph from meaningful to white noise. You don’t know what you’re measuring or hearing. The...[more]

November 19, 2014 The moral issue of climate change

Source: Washington Post

The politics of selfishness was embraced enthusiastically last week by Sen. Mitch McConnell. In dismissing President Obama’s deal with China to reduce carbon emissions, the incoming Senate majority leader said “carbon emission...

November 19, 2014 Why Organic Isn't 'Sustainable'

Source: Forbes

“Sustainable” has become a buzzword. It is applied not only to agriculture and energy production but to sectors as far afield as the building and textile industries. Some universities offer courses or even degrees in...

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