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February 6, 2014 Impact Investing: Three Ways for Advisors to Remain Strategic

Minyanville - For the socially îresponsible investorî, focusing on the long term is even more critical as we seek to compound both financial and social returns. The social-impact conversation is critical for advisors...

February 6, 2014 Turnabout on Global Outlook Darkens Investor Mood

The Wall Street Journal - Japan's Nikkei index is down 14% this year and Hong Kong's Hang Seng Index down 8%. The Euro îStoxxî 50 Index is down 5%. Brazil's Bovespa index is down 9%. "Maybe the U.S. will not have the...

January 30, 2014 Beware of Activist Investors

Source: American Banker

The banking industry's strong 2013 stock market performance reflects its recovery from the financial crisis. The KBW banking index rose 35% last year while the Standard & Poor's 500 rose by 30%. Nonetheless, the KBW banking index...

January 30, 2014 Church of England and MSCI team up for ethical investment screening

Blue & Green Tomorrow - The Church of Englandâs national investing bodies, including CCLA which manages funds on its behalf, have struck a deal to get ethical screening services and environmental, social and governance...

January 29, 2014 Apple's $160 Billion Mystery

Source: Bloomberg

There's a mystery to the data Apple Inc. released for the first quarter of fiscal 2014. Its cash position has increased by $12 billion to $158.8 billion; it usually goes up in the first quarter, but why does it never go down?...

January 29, 2014 How Student Activists at Duke Transformed a $6 Billion Endowment

Source: BillMoyers.com

Last October 4, a group of students clutching more than 2,000 petitions knocked on the door of the Duke University Board of Trustees meeting and requested an audience. Burly security guards barred the door on the order of vexed...

January 29, 2014 Norway Backs Biggest Wealth Fund in Seeking Highest Returns

Source: Bloomberg

Norway Finance Minister Siv Jensen said the nation’s $820 billion wealth fund should pursue the highest returns amid opposition demands that the investor place more focus on ethics and the environment.

January 29, 2014 U.S. securities class-action suits rise, big Supreme Court case looms

Source: Reuters

Investors are pursuing more lawsuits accusing companies of fraud, according to a new study, but filings may plunge if the U.S. Supreme Court decides soon to remake the legal landscape. Plaintiffs filed 166 federal securities...

January 23, 2014 When It Comes To Getting Coal-Burning Utilities to Clean Up, Investors May Have More Power Than Regulators

Forbes - Should asset managers ply the companies in which they invest to be more environmentally assertive' That discussion is moving forward now that some institutional investors are pushing major coal-burning utilities to clean...

January 21, 2014 How to Integrate ESG Considerations into Investments

Source: CFA Institute

A lot is said about the materiality of environment, social, and governance (ESG) issues in investment decision making. Examples of these issues include air and water pollution, biodiversity, climate change, customer satisfaction,...

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