Hedge in a volatile market: Companies meeting basic needs in emerging markets

  • “Growing consumer populations continue to consume essentials,” write Will Poole and Dimitrios Lagias of Capria, which invests in emerging market private-equity funds, in a market brief that charts the resilience of such consumption in previous market downturns.

Infrastructure hopes spring eternal. What’s impact got to do with it? (podcast)

  • It’s becoming a biennial ritual to loft “infrastructure” as one of the few issues on which bipartisan cooperation is even imaginable in the current U.S. political climate. The pipe dream found new life after last week’s midterm elections, which will give the Democrats a majority in the House of Representatives.

Capria Fund raises $33 million to invest in early-stage emerging-market funds

Capria Fund’s first close was anchored by $20 million from Vulcan Capital, the family office of Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, who died last month. (Microsoft’s other co-founder, Bill Gates, is also an investor.) The Capria Fund will invest in the network of funds in Africa, Asia and Latin America that have gone through its fund-manager

Some high-profile gender equality funds get low scores…for gender equality

Fearless Girl has some explaining to do.   State Street Global Advisors installed the statue of a defiant girl standing her ground in front of Wall Street’s Charging Bull last year in part to market its SHE exchange-traded fund. The statue’s original plaque (later removed) read: “Know the power of women in leadership. SHE makes

The Conduit: Doing good while eating and drinking well (podcast)

  • “If you’re going to build an impact business with impact at its core, you need a posse of people around you to help you,” Conduit co-founder Paul van Zyl told Impactalpha – in the bar, of course – to record the latest episode of our Returns on Investment podcast.