The new loophole in the U.S. tax bill that could draw private capital to distressed communities

The intention to generate social or environmental benefit is key to impact investing. But a tax break can be an additional incentive. Among the many provisions of the Republican tax bill signed by President Trump last month is the new “Investing for Opportunities Act,” which lets investors temporarily defer taxes by investing their capital gains

The Brief’s Big Ten: 2030 Finance, tax-cut casualties, investing in Detroit, Colorado and Virginia

Good Friday evening, ImpactAlpha readers! #Featured: The Brief’s Big Ten 1. Introducing 2030 Finance, where ImpactAlpha tracks the global shift of capital. The tagline for our new sub-site, 2030 Finance: “Investors meet the global goals.” That’s both a description, as more investors find the Sustainable Development Goals and the global climate agreement to be powerful drivers

Four ways the tax bill would hurt low-income Americans

Sen. Marco Rubio’s 11th-hour demand for a bigger child tax credit, along with other last-minute changes, makes clear that the U.S. tax bill is still far from a done deal. Given how razor-close the final vote will be, a single senator may have the power to force changes. So as the bill comes out of the

Propel Capital launches fund for civic tech and political engagement

Civic tech — from promoting awareness and transparency to straight-up political campaign tools — is a growing impact investment theme. The 2016 U.S. election was particularly catalytic for the left-leaning bunch. Propel Capital is launching a $5 million Democracy Fund for startups working to “build progressive political power in states of critical electoral importance.” The fund is supporting efforts

Impact Shares, YWCA, NAACP develop publicly traded social justice investments

The Dallas-based non-profit investment manager Impact Shares is partnering with YWCA Metropolitan Chicago and the NAACP on two social-justice exchange-traded funds, bundles of stocks listed on a stock exchange. The Impact Shares YWCA Women’s Empowerment ETF will focus on public companies committed to women’s empowerment through health or workplace advancement. The Impact Shares NAACP Minority

Why Rise of the Rest should own impact, Propel Capital’s civic tech fund, cleantech investing 2.0,

Greetings, ImpactAlpha readers! #Featured: Impact Voices Yes, Steve Case, there is impact alpha. As more money folks embrace impact investing, it seems some impact folks are running away. The latest case in point, so to speak, is Steve Case, who took pains to make clear to The New York Times that his new Rise of the

Tax cut complicity, social justice ETFs, finding Einsteins, the $600B global goal opportunity in…

Greetings, ImpactAlpha readers! #Featured: ImpactAlpha Original Complicit: Where are impact investors as the tax bill transfers wealth to the rich? Talk about a meme whose time has come. “Complicit” is the word of the year, according to, which made the selection even before the last few holdouts among Senate Republicans traded their votes for