Social impact investing: special focus
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Social impact investing: special focus


"Investing for impact is the most
important evolution in investing
we have seen in our lifetime"

-Patricia Farrar-Rivas of Veris Wealth
Partners outlines the potential of a
new form of philanthropy

Philanthropy debate: Investing’s most important evolution?  

Impact investing – putting money to work both for profit and social impact – is in its infancy as an industry. But it has the potential to become part of the fabric of financial markets. A group of leading wealth managers, foundations and sector specialists discuss how impact investment will develop, and the challenges they face.

June 2012

   See philanthropy debate participants, including video interviews on impact investing

"The scale of problems is beyond
the government and private
foundations to address alone. If
an industry is developed, it could
bring in the capital markets and
with it tens of trillions of dollars"

Margot Brandenburg of the Rockefeller
Foundation on the potential of social
impact investing

Impact investing: Making money make an impact 

With public spending being cut, wealthy individuals are putting more of their philanthropic dollars to work through social-impact investing. Companies are being set up to provide advice and products. And that means private banks are having to consider new offerings and services to their biggest clients. 

February 2012

   World''s wealthiest turn to impact investing 

   Banks and a fairer society 

   UBS matches business practice with philanthropic goals  

   Donor-advised funds 

From the archive: 

Private banking for the next generation

February 2013

Some $30 trillion will transfer from the baby-boomers to their children and grandchildren in the next 30 years. These younger generations think differently and bank differently. Private banks must adapt their businesses to ensure the money stays with them.

Backlash against rich challenges private banking industryFebruary 2013

Political climate increases pressure on wealthy to adopt mainstream tax structures.

Private Banking CEO roundtable: Between crisis and recoveryFebruary 2013

"Clients are also looking at the huge spectrum of possibilities to become active in the philanthropy sector and for advice on how to get engaged and succeed in their philanthropic endeavours."

Impact investing: the big business of small donorsJune 2012

Impact investing is not the sole preserve of corporate institutions. Individuals are increasingly applying this investment practice – by assessing the social return on investment and a given charity's cost-to-income ratio, for example – to maximise returns on donations

Pioneer Yunus promotes a social business network  

In a society obsessed with maximizing profit, Muhammad Yunus, Nobel Peace Prize winner and pioneer of microfinance through Grameen Bank in Bangladesh, has a new goal: to get business and finance to take off its ‘profit-maximizing glasses’ and think about its role in society instead.

January 2012

   View video of full interview herePolitics pulls down the microfinance pioneerJune 2011

The forced removal of Grameen Bank founder Muhammad Yunus as head of the lender casts a shadow over an institution that has flourished in Bangladesh and spread its message around the world.

Investing in the Cities of the 21st Century: Urbanization, Competitiveness and Infrastructure

March 2012

Closing the gap in responsible investing 

As more investors wonder how fund managers are weighing environmental, social and corporate governance factors in their investment decisions, the evidence that these factors can positively impact performance is growing.

December 2009

Microfinance: Beyond philanthropy 

Big banks are beginning to look beyond the kudos that socially responsible investment brings and are introducing microfinance to the capital markets as a viable, profitable business.

September 2006 

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