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After the Women’s March: Make the Most of Where You Shop, Save and Invest

We marched. We came together in cities across the globe to protest the inauguration of a president who does not embody the values we espouse. So many of us marched, it was the largest recorded protest in U.S. history. There were so many thoughtful messages and humorous signs, and many different issues to embrace and hold

Latin American impact investors to convene in Mexico [February 14 – 16]

New Ventures Mexico will play host to the 7th edition of the Latin America Impact Investing Forum in Mérida, Mexico from February 14th through 16th. More than 30 funds will be on hand as the region’s leaders explore how to maximize growing interest in the field from foundations, corporates, faith-based initiatives and universities. That expectations for the

HCAP Partners invests in spas that offer massages – and good jobs

Masseurs and spa attendants can’t be outsourced or automated, at least not yet. HCAP, the California-based private equity firm formerly known as Huntington Capital, made an undisclosed mezzanine debt investment in Burke Williams, a chain of 11 spas in California. HCAP’s Frank Mora said management’s “considerable investment” in employees creates a strong company culture and

Institutional investors are differentiating themselves with ESG

Stock market research firm MSCI says investors will differentiate themselves in 2017 by looking for non-financial data and long-term performance. Rising risks mean governance factors are key in pricing bonds. Utilities may spin off renewables to attract low-carbon investors. And new pay-ratio data may tilt institutions away from companies with excessive CEO compensation. A flurry

Soros stakes up to $50 million on Humanity Ventures

The hedge fund billionaire is seeking to galvanize private sector finance and innovation as an alternative to humanitarian aid for vulnerable, transient populations. The education and healthcare-focused partnership with Mastercard, called Humanity Ventures, is part of Soros’ $500 million pledge to reshape the global response to refugees, whose numbers are expected to swell under the

HTC to invest $10 million in VR-for-good startups

Virtual reality “for good” has been having its moment ever since several 360-degree films stirred empathy for Syrian refugees. The Taiwanese smartphone manufacturer HTC launched a $10 million impact fund to invest in virtual reality startups with storytelling projects around the Global Goals for sustainable development. Photo credit: Dan Mason / Flickr

Inclusive Development Index: Measuring What Matters

Call it the Norway model. A new economic measure introduced at the World Economic Forum suggests inequality is not a natural byproduct of globalization, but a choice countries make through investments and priorities. The Inclusive Development Index shifts the evidence of a nation’s economic health from gross domestic product to living standards. GDP, a commonly used