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U.S. robo-advisors launch socially responsible investing platforms

Betterment and Wealthfront, which collectively manage more than $15.5 billion in assets, are rolling out stock portfolios that screen for human rights, health and safety, environmental impact and strong corporate governance. Both firms are among the top five U.S. digital investment advisors, or “robo-advisors,” by assets under management. The sector has more than $100 billion

Blending finance for global goals, responsible robo-advisors, U.S.

Hello ImpactAlpha readers! #Featured: ImpactAlpha Original Blending finance to unlock capital for the 2030 global goals. To build its $150 million private equity fund to invest in frontier markets, Sarona Asset Management leveraged public funding to lower risks and thus attract private investors. That “blended finance” model is becoming increasingly important in mobilizing private capital

Demand for impact investments generates a growing supply — of ‘intermediaries’

Impact wealth managers, impact investment advisors and managers, investment consultants, management consultants, financial advisors, family offices — an army of service providers is responding to growing client demand for impact investing advice (see, “Smoothing the flow of impact investing with lane markers and turn signals”). Toniic, the impact investor network, surveyed 37 providers to get the lay

FinLab winners share $3 million for inclusive fintech solutions

Eight startups have been awarded $3 million in startup capital from the third fintech competition from JPMorgan Chase and Financial Solutions Lab. The “FinLab” competition focuses on solutions for personal financial health, particularly among underserved U.S. populations. Winners include EverSafe, a banking and investment monitoring service for aging Americans; Nova, a cross-border credit reporting agency;

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