The Impact Alpha: Prudence, materiality and impact in the Trump era

  • Not just another swing of the pendulum ... The latest Labor Department guidance on on ESG considerations for investors queues up the right question.
  • Duty bound... If ESG factors are material to long-term financial performance, prudent pension-fund fiduciaries have to consider them.
  • Game on... David Bank tackles "Prudence, materiality and impact in the Trump era" in his column this week.

Apply a racial lens, and other lessons from Living Cities’ impact investments

  • Investing in economic security... Living Cities has deployed $57 million into 33 transactions from two structured debt funds to drive outcomes for low-income people in America.
  • In a new series with ImpactAlpha... Living Cities will explore how foundations and financial institutions can deploy capital to better create jobs, income and wealth in America’s cities.
  • First up... the biggest lessons from Living Cities’ 10 years of impact investing.

Deals lag hype in ‘Blockchain for Good’ investments

  • Hype-cycle... For all the promise of blockchain-enabled technologies to solve a variety of global challenges, “blockchain for good” ventures have been slow to emerge.
  • The latest signal... Consensys' $50 million in-house venture fund is scaling back the social impact-focus of the fund.
  • Market development... If interest in blockchain-for-good is indeed ebbing, that just might mean it’s an opportunity to buy in.

Philadelphia Story: Good Capital Project, ImpactPHL and ImpactAlpha team up at Total Impact

There’s a reason ImpactAlpha has been publishing so many stories on Philadelphia, even beyond the fact that our own Dennis Price and his family moved back last year. We’ve been tracking locally-driven economic revival across the U.S.; Philly is testing approaches also taking hold elsewhere. Can local institutions and impact investors effectively direct capital to entrepreneurs and other agents of

Rise Fund’s Impact Multiple of Money: A conversation with TPG’s Bill McGlashan

  • Largest impact investment fund... TPG Growth's Rise Fund quickly raised $2 billion from a Who’s Who of global billionaires and institutional investors, making it the largest impact investment fund to date.
  • On-stage conversation...Bill McGlashan, Rise Fund founder and CEO, sat down with ImpactAlpha's David Bank at an event hosted by the Commonwealth Club in Mill Valley, California.

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Swedish pension fund adds $100 million to Dutch SDG-loan fund

  • More capital... The fund’s first close was expected in late 2017, but was reportedly 25% higher than the initial target.
  • Co-investment… The fund lets institutional investors co-invest with FMO in loans to financial institutions, clean energy projects and agribusiness in developing markets.