The Trump Challenge

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Instead of worrying about what a Trump presidency will do to this country or what it says about America, let’s consider appropriate ways to respond through capital markets intervention. The wave of investor capital flowing into portfolios that incorporate environmental, social and governance (ESG) metrics continues to grow at an unprecedented rate. … More >

Microgrid Growth in 2016

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Supplying diesel fuel energy to the front lines of U.S. Military operations can cost as much as $400 per gallon. It’s also one of the most dangerous assignments for military personnel. That’s two good  reasons why all military bases will eventually become microgrids. … More >

Is Your Practice Ready for Millennial Investors?

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What’s the first thing Millennials will do when they inherit their portion of the $30 trillion wealth transfer from Baby Boomers?

Change advisors. That’s right. Investment industry research shows that Millennials plan to find advisors who understand them better and meet their needs more effectively than the advisors who have been working with their parents for years.(1) … More >

What does Dodd-Frank have to do with ESG?

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Written by Dr Carrie Giunta, @CarrieGiunta. Dr. Giunta is a freelance writer and visiting research fellow at Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London. She has published articles about conflict minerals in Telesur and Pambazuka.

Advisors may well be aware of the banking industry provisions that came into effect with the Dodd-Frank Act of 2010. But what they might not know about is a section included in the act, which specifies conflict mineral supply chain optimization. Section 1502 of Dodd-Frank requires companies to report to the Securities and Exchange Commission about the products they make which contain the metals tantalum, tungsten, tin and gold sourced in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Section 1502 requires companies to declare whether their sources of these minerals are: DRC Conflict Free, Not DRC Conflict Free or DRC Conflict Free Indeterminable. The idea is for manufacturers of products containing tantalum, tungsten, tin and gold to give their supply chains more transparency, thus improving sustainability. All of this will, in theory, create supply chain optimization. … More >

Yale’s Endowment Goes Green

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In August, Yale University’s Chief Investment Officer sent a letter asking every asset manager Yale engages to “. . . assess the greenhouse gas footprint of prospective investments, the direct costs of the consequences of climate change on expected returns, and the costs of policies aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions on expected returns.”* … More >