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"Impact investments offer a range of returns, from risk-adjusted, market-rate returns to concessionary returns. Not all investors aim for their impact investments to achieve top or market-rate returns. Similarly, market-rate solutions are not feasible across all impact investment opportunities."...

The early autumn of 2018 was an interesting and exciting time for a certain progressive utility company, which had some very forward-looking initiatives as part of a strategy to evolve in the wake of climate change, the most pressing environmental issue of our time. While conservation had not traditionally been a part of its business, and the safety of some of its old-line equipment had been called into question in...

After selling off late last year, equity markets bounced back and ended the quarter with the S&P 500, MSCI EAFE, and MSCI EM indices posting gains of 13.6%, 10%, and 9.9%, respectively. Concerns over the US-China trade dispute eased and accommodative policies from global central banks proved a potent combination, helping investors to overcome their worries about global growth....

In the final weeks of 2018, domestic equity markets experienced an incredible level of volatility as they joined the global selloff in risk assets. Overall markets finished the year in negative territory, with the S&P 500, the MSCI EAFE, and the MSCI Emerging indices declining by 4.4%, 13.8%, and 14.6%, respectively. Compared to the halcyon days of 2017, during which US markets experienced no moves greater than 3%, and 2016,...

Few people remember this given the company’s outsized success today, but in the mid-1990s, Apple was on death watch. Co-founder Steve Jobs had recently returned to the company, but one of the greatest turnarounds in corporate history hadn’t yet taken shape and the company was hemorrhaging cash. At a technology conference, Michael Dell, the founder of personal-computer powerhouse Dell Computer, was asked what he would do if he were CEO...

Questions that dominated the first half of the year remained at the forefront during the quarter, as investors continued to assess the impact of rising interest rates in the US and of trade wars and tariffs between the US and its global trading partners. Equity markets ended the period with mixed results. Domestic equity markets performed well; the S&P 500 gained 7.7%, while the MSCI EAFE increased by 1.4% and...

In 1986, an [wpdm_package id='28947']English illustrator named Martin Handford created a character named Wally. Wally appeared in double-page-spread illustrations and displayed an affinity for situations in which lots of activity was occurring around him, so much so that it became difficult for Wally himself to be located. He always wore the same red and white striped shirt and cap, but to better camouflage him, items with a similar color scheme...

Four-letter words have always enjoyed a distinct reputation in the global lexicon. Often labeled "bad words," these well-known expletives have a harshness to them, even when used casually, and those on the receiving end of such invective will always take particular notice, as intended. Of course, all words with four letters are not four-letter words, but we do tend to put a magnifying glass on words with four letters because...

[wpdm_package id='28782']The second quarter was marked by a series of escalating skirmishes on the issues of trade and tariffs between the US and its global trading partners. Equity markets ended the period with mixed results; domestic equity markets performed well, with the S&P 500 gaining 3.4%, while the MSCI EAFE and the MSCI Emerging declined 1.2% and 8% respectively.  US markets climbed higher on positive earnings momentum, particularly in the...