Investments products that benefit women are proliferating across asset classes

  • “For gender-smart investors there are now opportunities across asset classes and this is a great example, especially in products and services which benefit women,” Susan Biegel, a gender-lens investing adviser at the Wharton school, told ImpactAlpha.

Reinvestment Fund taps capital market to raise $76 million for ‘impact investment bond’

Public bond markets are becoming a reliable new source of capital for community development financial institutions that lend to low-income communities. A successful $76 million offering by the Reinvestment Fund, a nationwide “CDFI” based in Philadelphia, pushed total capital raised through four such general-obligation bond offerings since last year to more than $350 million. Reinvestment

Urban-X graduates target city life and infrastructure

ImpactAlpha, October 2 – The Urban-X accelerator graduated its fourth cohort of startups at a demo day in Brooklyn last week. With investors in attendance, seven startups showcased new hardware to make urban life less challenging and more enjoyable. Among this year’s cohort: Avvir, which uses laser scanners to scan construction sites and determine progress

Beyond Advisors’ Vegan ETF will screen out animal cruelty

ImpactAlpha, October 2 – Veganism was bound to hit the mainstream financial markets, given all the private capital investing in a meat-free future. (Or, at least, a reared-animal meat-free future. There’s that lab-grown trend, after all.) Investment firm Beyond Investing launched last year to build a pipeline of public and private investments that are vegan-friendly.