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Economics trump politics as the smart money bets big on clean electrification

ImpactAlpha, Oct. 27 – Joe Biden need not be defensive about his accidentally honest statement at last week’s debate, “I would transition from the oil industry, yes.” U.S. political campaigns at best represent a lagging indicator. Financial markets and investors already have voted for a full-throttle transition away from oil and gas and toward solar,

Unreasonable Group launches diverse investing collective

ImpactAlpha, Oct. 22 –  The social impact accelerator Unreasonable Group has for a decade offered high-growth, high-impact entrepreneurs mentorship, networks and resources – without taking a financial stake. Through the new Unreasonable Collective, individuals can pool their money to invest in the ventures of Unreasonable’s global network of more than 234 “fellows.” The ventures, in

SOCAP takes stock of impact investing in a changed world

ImpactAlpha, Oct. 22 – The different mood at this week’s impact investing gathering reflected not just the contrast between an online event and the annual schmoozefest on San Francisco Bay. On SOCAP’s virtual stage, impact investing leaders grasped to sum up “the state of the field” in a world gone crazy. Talk of market size

Let’s plot an energy scenario ambitious enough for the climate emergency

ImpactAlpha, Oct. 16 – The International Energy Agency’s annual ‘gold standard’ World Energy Outlook, used by policymakers, investors and business leaders, was published this week. What set energy wonks buzzing is the inclusion, for the first time, of a ‘Net-Zero’ scenario for 2050, and a roadmap for what needs to happen to get there.   But

Investors see a ‘blue wave’ of growth opportunities in sustainability and inclusion

ImpactAlpha, Oct. 15 – “Pro-business” really does have a new meaning. Just a few weeks ago, U.S. investors were said to be fretting about higher taxes in a potential Biden administration. Judging from a growing batch of briefings, they’re now anticipating not only stability and stimulus, but sustainable growth (see, “Pro-business has a new meaning now”).

Legal & General burnishes ‘stewardship’ credentials with push for aggressive climate action

ImpactAlpha, Oct. 14 – Out: Quiet engagement with executives. In: naming and shaming recalcitrant corporations.  As more institutional asset owners look for active “stewardship” of portfolio companies by their asset managers, Legal & General Investment Management has staked out an aggressive position. “You need a stick,” says John Hoeppner, LGIM’s U.S. stewardship chief. “We’ve found