Amsterdam — More money, bigger investors, diverse products and specialized funds: This is what market evolution looks like. [blockquote author=”Christiana Figueres” pull=”pullleft”]How you invest money over the next five years will determine how the world looks in 300 years.[/blockquote] At the Global Impact Investing Network’s forum here last week, 800 investors and industry leaders gathered to cheer the
Impact can be added to mainstream financial products, as well as the other way around. This week’s #Dealflow includes asset-backed securities and other such “plain vanilla” financial products. “Investing is very habitual,” says Jennifer Kenning of wealth manager Align Impact. “The more we can make [impact investing] look like what we have always done, the
The wheels are starting to crank and the capital is starting to flow through the new impact investing mechanisms created by often-stodgy institutions like the United Nations and International Finance Corp. After a slow start, the UN’s Green Climate Fund approved $745 million in new commitments in October, pushing its total commitments above $1 billion.
Catalytic capital is, well, catalyzing capital in this week’s #DealFlow. Off-grid solar in Africa. Mortgages for low-income home buyers in India. Financial services for small farmers. Incubators for small businesses in the U.S. (Just to show we know what we’re talking about, here’s a cite to Cathy Clark, Jed Emerson and Ben Thornley in Impact
Dealflow #Dealflow : Tyson Goes Beyond Meat, Bridges Backs Vegetarian Express and USDA Invests in Rural Development Nov. 13, 2016 Sustainable food, animal welfare and the logical (if not always fully satisfying) conclusion, vegetarianism, is rising as an investment theme (have a listen to our recent podcast, “How Bringing Animals Into Impact Investing Can Help People, Too”).
Proponents of pay-for-success financing structures are laying the groundwork to pioneer the tool in as-yet untested social issues, like drug addiction recovery and the refugee crisis. Social impact bonds (SIBs) have now been joined by development impact bonds (DIBs) and even humanitarian impact bonds (HIBs). Commercial investors, such as French bank BNP Paribas, are starting