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Podcast Archives: ESG and Impact Investing

Episode 48 | June 9, 2019

How MPOWERD Is Becoming a Global Leader in Solar Powered LED Lighting

Seungah Jeong, President and CEO MPOWERD INC

Since I interviewed Jeong a year ago, MPOWERD has increased the number of people whose lives benefit from Luci lights to 3 million from 2.3 million. In this interview she shares how they’ve become the leader in solar powered portable lighting, and as a centennial partner for Save the Children Foundation are distributing 10,000 Luci […]

Episode 47 | June 3, 2019

AB’s Municipal Impact Strategy Delivers Performance and Opportunity

Eric Glass, Senior Vice President and Senior Portfolio Manager, Fixed Income Impact Strategy at AllianceBernstein

Listen to the story of how Glass created AllianceBernstein’s Municipal Impact Strategy to invest in underserved and low-socio-economic status communities. Glass explains how investing healthcare, education, mass transit, water/waste water and renewable energy infrastructure can generate a 4% tax-exempt yield on investment.

Episode 45 | May 20, 2019

Generating Alpha Through Active Portfolio Management at Brown Advisory

Karina Funk, Partner, Portfolio Manager, and Head of Sustainable Investing at Brown Advisory

Funk shares her three criteria for choosing companies with sustainable business advantages (SBAs) for the Brown Advisory Large Cap Sustainable Growth Portfolio, which invests in companies that will thrive in a resource-constrained world.

Episode 43 | May 8, 2019

How Nuveen Is Addressing the Responsible Investing Taxonomy Problem

Amy O'Brien, Head of Responsible Investing at Nuveen, a TIAA company

How do advisors and asset managers integrate portfolio strategies, shareholder activism and other investor motivations? O’Brien describes Nuveen’s rigorous, platform-wide approach.

Episode 42 | May 3, 2019

S&P Dow Jones Indices Launches New ESG Indices

Mona Naqvi, Senior Director and Global ESG Spokesperson for S&P Dow Jones Indices

Mona Naqvi discusses her group’s launch of the S&P 500 ESG Index, the basis for a UBS Asset Management ETF that’s now available. She also discusses the creation of numerous ESG indices and her ongoing work with Japan’s government pension investment fund (GPIF), the world’s largest, to systematically reduce exposure to high carbon companies through […]

Episode 41 | April 15, 2019

Sustainable Funds US Landscape Report: More Funds, More Flows, Strong Performance in 2018

Jon Hale, Global Head of Sustainability Research, Morningstar

Hale gives us the numbers from Morningstar’s 2019 Sustainable Funds US Landscape Report showing strong performance across the board for sustainable investing in 2018.

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