Are we Winning the War on Coal?

By James Griffitts, Contributor

Coal Economic Issues Structural Coal plantIn Washington, tightening EPA restrictions and policies favoring cleaner energy have led some to characterize present policy as a war on coal. Whether or not an actual war on coal is underway, a recent report released by the Carbon Tracking Initiative indicates that the decline in the US coal sector is not cyclical, but structural.… Read More

Renewable Energy Calls for Action

By Ahnika LeRoy, Contributor

The future of green energy and economic prosperity rests in the hands of everyone—from small business owners to policy makers around the world. Together we can make a positive impact and promote renewable energy generation.

Renewable Energy Calls for Action - Petroleum Extraction by housesAccording to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), to avoid catastrophic climate change we need to stay within 2 degrees centigrade of average warming around the world.… Read More

Money and Happiness

By R. Kevin O’Keefe, CIMA, AIF, Chief Investment Officer

A new year is a time for reflection. As we evaluate the progress made toward achieving our financial goals, let us also evaluate the deeper purpose of those goals. Most of us would agree that money alone cannot buy happiness.… Read More

Building a Cleaner Future: Reducing Climate Change Before It’s Too Late

Building a Cleaner Future: Reducing Climate Change


By Lauren Morrell, Contributor

From climate change to deforestation, our world faces stiff environmental headwinds. The 25th annual SRI Conference featured a panel of investment professionals who discussed how investors are increasingly putting their money where their mouths are—divesting of companies involved in creating environmental problems, or actively engaging with companies as shareowners to encourage positive behavior change.… Read More

First Affirmative Applauds the US Patent and Trademark Office

By Logan Coffman

A landmark ruling by US Patent and Trademark Office that officially canceled six Federal trademark registrations spanning from 1967 to 1990 associated with the controversial 82-year old Washington Redskins franchise has set the media world aflutter—and warmed the hearts of responsible investors.… Read More

Misleading Food Labels – Who Really Wins?

By Michael Schweibinz

A recent study conducted by the Harvard Law School and the Natural Resources Defense Council “found that dates printed on packaged foods, which help retailers cycle through stocked products and allow manufacturers to indicate when a product is at its peak freshness, are inconsistent,” Reuters reported.… Read More

Bristol Bay, Alaska An Environmental Gem One Step Closer to Protection

By Holly Testa, Director, Shareowner Engagement

The Keystone pipeline may be the headline grabbing environmental fight of the decade, but it is by no means the only one. Pristine Bristol Bay, the easternmost arm of the Bering Sea, has been the focus of another long struggle.… Read More

Recession Predictor Short-Cut

By Mel Miller, Chief Economist

Fifth in a series of economic updates focused on key economic indicators by our Chief Economist, Mel Miller.

Is the Index of Leading Economic Indicators also a good predictor of recessions? Yes. And no.

The Conference Board (a private research group based in New York City) publishes the Index of Leading Economic Indicators on a monthly basis.… Read More

The Golden Arches, Going Green?

By Michael Schweibinz

Globally, “going green” is evolving from a competitive advantage to a business necessity. For small enterprises, becoming more sustainable can be a relatively painless and seamless process. But for very large companies like McDonald’s, adaptation can be a daunting process.… Read More

Americans Favor Strong Wall Street Oversight

By Kymberly Levesque

A survey conducted by Lake Research Partners and commissioned by AARP, the Center for Responsible Lending, Americans for Financial Reform and the National Council of La Raza shows overwhelming bipartisan support of financial regulation.

The national survey was conducted over five days in early July and asked 803 likely voters in the 2012 election their opinions on the Dodd-Frank Act.… Read More