Readying an ‘Impact IPO’ on the London Stock Exchange

The prospectus for one of the world’s first publicly listed impact investment companies has a long list of risk factors that would be daunting — if they weren’t much like the risk factors for all other initial public offerings. Indeed, the IPO prospectus for the Impact Investment Trust PLC, which will be listed on the London Stock

OpenInvest points its robo-advisors toward refugee inclusion

OpenInvest has added a #WithRefugees investment screen to its impact investing platform. OpenInvest allows investors to back publicly-listed companies that have forward-thinking policies towards refugees, including Starbucks, which has committed to hiring 10,000 refugees in the next five years, and H&M and Google, which are pledging funds for refugee aid. More than 34,000 people around the

Will impact investing be passive investing in 2030?

“Both large and small investors should stick with low-cost index funds,” wrote Warren Buffett in his annual letter to Berkshire Hathaway shareholders. It seems people are heeding his advice. Passive investment funds — ones that track stock market indices — could own the whole U.S. stock market by 2030 if the current rate of growth continues. Today, about 30% of

New ‘Swell’ impact investing platform joins an increasingly crowded field

Life insurance firm Pacific Life has launched Swell, a social impact investing platform open to investors with as little as $500 to commit. The venture, Swell, is a similar concept to other impact-focused investing platforms targeting everyday investors that have launched and raised money recently (OpenInvest closed a seed round of funding earlier this week). Swell is

Andreessen Horowitz backs impact investing robo-advisor OpenInvest

OpenInvest, the socially-responsible online-investment platform for retail investors, has raised $3.25 million in seed financing. Andreessen Horowitz, one of Sand Hill Road’s best known venture capitalists, led the round. Unlike many online passive investment options, OpenInvest allows users to manage their portfolio around themes such as climate change, fossil fuels, gender and LGBT equality, or political

Private equity looks to SDGs, Emerson Collective backs Neighborly, A16z backs OpenInvest, sleeping…

Greetings, ImpactAlpha readers! #Featured: ImpactAlpha Original Growth-market private equity investors seek direction from the 2030 global goals. Amid volatile currencies and political uncertainty, the Sustainable Development Goals are providing direction for private-equity investors in growing global markets. The 17 goals were touted as a menu of investment opportunities today at the International Finance Corp.’s Global

The sustainable ETF boom, Latin America’s growth in growth-stage, global goal progress

Greetings ImpactAlpha readers! #Featured: Open Mic Can the boom in ‘Sustainable ETFs’ really drive impact? ‘Sustainable’ is the marketing trend du jour in exchange-traded funds, the low-cost alternative to mutual funds that round-up holdings in public companies into entities that are themselves traded on stock-exchanges. That has made ETFs the fastest growing asset class in impact