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Billionaires are of a different breed, which may be good news for investors. Their determination, focus and appetite for risk not only sets them apart, but also drives their companies to outperform others. This...
New guidelines released today by the Institute of International Finance aim to clear up the language used to describe sustainable investment and measure industry progress.  The Washington D.C.-based IIF, whose membership includes many of...
Key Takeaway: Mitto hopes that its digital payment card wins over Generation Z clients in Spain, Latin America, and the E.U., but heavy competition and an underwhelming history with prepaid debit cards might put the breaks on...
SoftBank tightened the reins to curb the excesses of startup founders after the spectacular, multi-billion dollar failure of WeWork forced the tech investor to take huge losses and take a hard look at its mistakes.
Private equity firms, responding to surging demand for ethical investing opportunities, plan on hiring more professionals focused on environmental, social and governance principles, a survey has found.Almost two in three PE firms will hire their first ESG-focused...
Climate change is a risk not only to the planet -- it also threatens to blow up portfolios. That’s according to Marisa Drew, the Impact Investing CEO at Credit Suisse. Drew told Yahoo Finance...
Key Takeaway: Israel’s traditional banks are lagging behind fintech startups. Can two tech billionaires turn things around with a new bank?
Private equity giant Carlyle Group completed a blockbuster majority stake acquisition in the energy sector and invested in a promising artificial intelligence technology company in an upbeat third quarter that topped estimates.   Co-CEOs Kewsong...
“Is mining the sky a better investment than mining the earth?” This might not seem like an obvious question in the fight against climate change. Landfills, cars groaning out exhaust, and rivers red with...
Hewlett Packard Enterprise has found that sustainability isn’t just good for public relations. Along with a growing number of leading companies, the IT giant is discovering it’s also a profit generator.  “We must rethink...
British financial services giant Barclays has joined a host of global banking rivals ramping up efforts to find companies that will generate hefty returns by solving some of the world’s most pressing problems.  Barclays...
This content is brought to you in partnership with SOCAP. More than 3,000 investors, entrepreneurs and executives convened at the Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture in San Francisco from Oct. 22-25 for...
While KKR pulled off edutech, fintech and real estate deals in the third-quarter, the private equity investor’s profit slipped, a victim of the record-setting U.S. stock market’s downside. Lofty valuations made cutting deals more difficult...
China’s Communist Party is the latest cheerleader for Blockchain, the technology underpinning Facebook’s Libra currency, with plans to use it to manage risk and ensure loyalty. Applied in conjunction with artificial intelligence, Blockchain may...
Virgin Galactic’s shares briefly scraped the stratosphere before returning to earth in the space tourism company’s stock market debut. The world’s first publicly traded space tourism company closed down four cents at $11.75, valuing...
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, testifying again today on Capitol Hill, faced pushback from members of Congress skeptical of his claims the social media giant’s proposed Libra stablecoin is intended to help the world’s unbanked.
Key Takeaway: Paypal has been eager to establish a bigger presence in China, but its latest deal may not help the company all that much. 
A former Trump campaign advisor and unsuccessful Federal Reserve nominee is set to launch a new stablecoin backed by a pricing model that has already failed once because of regulatory concerns. Economist Stephen Moore,...
Half a trillion dollars may be the minimum amount of investments developing countries will need if the world intends to meet the United Nations’ lofty sustainable development goals for 2030.“That’s 15% of total GDP for low-income and...
Key Takeaway: Gender diversity can pay off for investors as companies that promote women to CEO and CFO are likely to be more profitable and have better...
Wells Fargo, Commerzbank and UniCredit are among the world’s biggest banks yet to sign on to a climate change initiative championed by Bank of England governor Mark Carney and billionaire Mike Bloomberg that would help environmental impact...
Economists Abhijit Banerjee, Esther Duflo and Michael Kremer were recognized “for their experimental approach to alleviating global poverty,” said the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences when it announced the award on Monday. The question...
Key Takeaway: Panelists at the Global Impact Investing Network Investor Forum in Amsterdam challenge investors to change portfolios to reflect urgent global needs
Key Takeaway: Green bond issuance hit a record $66.6 billion in the second quarter, and global issuance seems headed toward a historic high this year of $200...
Beyond gloomy headlines about a scolding 16-year old activist to leaders acknowledging failure to make meaningful progress on climate change, you may have missed the fintech report published during the United Nations General Assembly last month. 
Key Takeaway: Private equity investors are relying more on the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals to guide their funding choices in emerging markets, a panel in London...
The latest tool in the global push toward environmental sustainability may be an enhanced financial statement. Researchers at Harvard Business School suggest that business leaders need a quantifiable way to assess the impact that...
This content is brought to you in partnership with Sustainable Brands. Sustainability and impact investing are gaining traction with individual investors, larger financial institutions, major CPG brands and tech companies. However, standardized metrics for...
Citigroup, ready to meet a ten-year $100 billion sustainability goal four years ahead of schedule, named the executive in charge of the initiative to the new position of chief sustainability officer as the company joins a host...
Revolut, the British digital bank shaking up the industry, is going global in a big way: in a deal with payments giant Visa Inc., it’s tripling its total employees and expanding to 24 new markets. 
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