economy

Policy Levers for Impact Investing

By Lauren Morrell, Contributor

Though we may overlook its importance, conditions in the public sector can often have a considerable effect on the success of private impact investments. In light of this, the White House has been adjusting policies to promote impact investing and has shifted focus from “what government can do, [to] what government can allow markets to do better,” explained Annie Donovan, the former Senior Advisor to Obama’s Office of Social Innovation and Civic Participation during a presentation at the 25th annual SRI Conference.… Read More

Policy Levers for Impact Investing

Though we may overlook its importance, conditions in the public sector can often have a considerable effect on the success of private impact investments. In light of this, the White House has been adjusting policies to promote impact investing and has shifted focus from “what government can do, [to] what government can allow markets to do better,” explained Annie Donovan, the former Senior Advisor to Obama’s Office of Social Innovation and Civic Participation during a presentation at the 25th annual SRI Conference.… Read More

The Grand Strategy Project

By: Michael Schweibinz

Patrick Doherty , the founding co-director of the Strategic Innovation Lab at Case Western University, was one of many enlightening speakers who took center stage at the 25th annual SRI Conference in early November. Mr. Doherty presented the essence of a multi-year, multi-stakeholder project focused on developing a new “Grand Strategy” for the United States (video and visuals).… Read More

Hazardous to Your Wealth

By Kevin O’Keefe, Chief Investment Officer

With big moves in the stock markets lately, some investors might be anxious. The past several weeks have given almost every investor an opportunity to feel that they are right about the market—whether their outlook is bullish or bearish.… Read More

The Pentagon Prepares for Climate Change

By: Michael Schweibinz

Earlier this month, the Department of Defense published its “2014 Climate Change Adaptation Roadmap.” The groundbreaking report signifies a dramatic shift in belief and action regarding climate change. Having typically been dismissed as a future risk, the Pentagon is now “integrating climate change threats into all plans, operations, and training across the entire agency.”

The report emphasizes four primary climate change phenomenon:

  • Rising global temperatures.
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Millennials: Do Gooders at Heart

By Michael Schweibinz:

The American workplace is on the verge of one of the largest demographic shifts in contemporary history. It’s a bold statement, but one that’s becoming widely acknowledged, as the Millennials sweep into leadership positions in for-profit and non-profit corporations across the country.… Read More

Time to Change the “Dual Mandate”

By Mel Miller, Chief Economist

The Federal Reserve is coming under growing criticism for actions taken during and since the Great Recession. In light of the political acrimony which currently permeates Washington, DC, I am concerned that any decisions that will change the workings of the Federal Reserve could merely be politically motivated and not in the best interests of the public.… Read More

World Bank Calls for Carbon Pricing

By Dan Sherman

It is said that there is nothing more powerful than an idea whose time has come. Evidently UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon feels the time has come to discuss the idea of shifting to a low-carbon economy.

The Secretary General has called for a summit to focus on climate change in advance of the climate treaty negotiation conference in Paris in 2015.… Read More

Profits over People? Earthquakes Rattle Oklahoma

By Mason Meyer

Oklahomans are tough; it’s in their blood. Many are descendants of relocated Native peoples, Dust Bowl survivors, and hearty pioneers. In addition, Oklahomans have grown accustom to an extreme climate. Tornados, droughts, ice storms, and sweltering heat and humidity are nothing new.… Read More

Climate Change Risks and Opportunities—From a Banking Perspective

By Dan Sherman

 

It’s clear that action is needed to mitigate global warming risks, including sea level rise and environmental degradation. When a company or industry makes a change to reduce emissions or environmental impact, it’s big news; but it would be far better if shifts in corporate policy could affect many companies and industries simultaneously.… Read More