February 2016

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MS launches environmental investment tool

Morgan Stanley has launched a tool to assist individual and institutional investors to integrate environmental considerations into their investment strategies. Long the domain of niche ESG specific funds, the launch of the tool follows a mounting trend of mainstream banks offering impact-oriented products. The tool is...

UK social investors launch Good Finance site

UK social investors, Big Society Capital, have joined forces with other industry pioneers including Flip Finance and the UK Cabinet Office, to launch a website dedicated to improving access to information about social investment. The Good Finance site addresses concerns raised across a number of recent...

First close for UK’s first Social Investment Tax Relief fund

Resonance Ltd, a Bristol based impact investment fund manager, has announced the first close of its Social Investment Tax Relief (SITR) Bristol fund. SITR gives individual investors an additional incentive to get involved in impact investing by offering them a 30% deduction from their income tax...

Impact Investing & Development

The Huffington Post reported this week on the potential role of impact investing in Development. With an estimated $200 trillion financing gap for Development initiatives, it's understandable that new financial tools, like impact investment, are being sought alongside traditional forms of  development finance such as state and...

UK Social Stock Exchange publishes annual research book

The UK Social Stock Exchange has launched its 2016 research report in partnership with research house All Street, highlighting investment opportunities across its listed companies. Although clearly of interest to potential impact investors, the report is also a compelling read for those of our community who...

Bill Gates recommits to impact investing

In addition to his philanthropic work via the Gates Foundation, Bill Gates has recently announced a personal investment in an impact investing fund that invests in other impact investing funds. Sound like a fund of fund? Not quite, this fund aims to provide seed capital...

Case Study: Responsible Rides

This week, the Stanford Social Innovation Review explored the role of auto-lending programme 'Responsible Rides'.  The programme, run by US-based Freedom First credit union, helps low-income households to access affordable auto-loans. Based in Virginia, its primary aim is to enable rural households to access transport in a region where public...

Confused by impact investing?

With the growth of impact investing as a practice, the term itself has proliferated. At first glance this appears positive: more use of the term = more awareness and use of the practice. However, there is also a risk that with increasing breadth of use...

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Q&A with Sam Gill: An index to shift funds out of carbon

Finance Matters talked to Sam Gill, Chief Executive Officer at ET Index, about his vision to change the way money is invested in companies. ET index provides investors with corporate carbon emissions data and creates low carbon indexes. How will the index encourage companies’ behaviour change...