Impact investors start to make stodgy municipal bonds sexy (podcast)

  • Hidden inside the $3.8 trillion market for U.S. municipal bonds are mispriced social and environmental risks, untapped value and a whole lot of potential for on-the-ground impact in historically disadvantaged neighborhoods.

As assets flow to ESG investing, investors on the sidelines face hidden risks

  • In a raft of recent reports, asset managers from giants like BlackRock and State Street to sustainability specialists Boston Common and Cornerstone Capital Group have shown that considering ESG can help reduce investors’ exposure to climate change, supply-chain disruptions, management scandals and other material risks.

Global investment firms adopt IFC principles seeking a market standard for impact investing

  • Sixty investors managing $350 billion in assets invested for impact formally adopted the principles on Friday and will have a year to disclose how their investment practices stack up.