Jonathan Rose, the green developer, is a poster c... Continue reading
Robert Shiller, the Yale investor extraordinaire writes “In my 2009 book with George Akerlof, Animal Spirits: How Human Psychology Drives the Economy and Why It Matters for Global Capitalism, we argued that business fluctuations are substantially driven by fluctuations in confidence, in trust, in narratives. Still, I now feel skeptical that Trump can keep anything... Continue reading
Bob Dylan, the Nobel Laureate, on his white album, said, “I don’t write songs, I just write them down.” This could be said of all of us, both positively and negatively: we don’t control our circumstances... we can ride them, resist them, or make music out of them. Lawrence Durrell seemed to think that each human journey has little to do with decisions we can take... Continue reading
Sustainatopia is John Rosser’s baby. Starting as a green doorway between Miami and the Southern Hemisphere, it was convened in LA, then Boston and next May will launch in San Francisco, the hub for all things green, including money. Recently I attended the 9th Sustainatopia in Boston where everyone is successful, good looking and leading one of the mind-boggling array of panels. Everyone seems to be a speaker, whether a celebrity like Tom Chappell, the founder of Tom’s of M... Continue reading
There is an opportunity for a resurgence of ethical individualism now, a philosophy that ultimately means this: we each own our... Continue reading
Why are we facing so much ambivalence when so much is at stake? One painful answer is that we have a status quo presidential can... Continue reading
Let me explain the title first, starting with a general historical definition of the words: “Impact on the Efficient Frontier,” to specific current usage: I mean the current buzzwords for all kinds of purposeful money practices, which boil down to: “impact investing.”
Originally impact (impingere) was the measure of a hit, but when technology (think steam engines and smokestacks over sweatshops)... Continue reading
The appeal of a billionaire “telling it like it is” has me thinking about Money, Investing and the key American ideal of Liberty. I am wondering if any of the politicians are acting out of freedom. “Telling it, as if it is” may be more accurate. Saying something is so does not make it... Continue reading
Dan Martell recently took over Scarab Global All-Cap Fund and describes how he manages to build long term financial value and to reduce risk while maintaining the social and environmental impact of the portfolio.
Recently, in Shakespeare’s As You Like It , the language seemed to accelerate to shrill inhuman interchanges accompanied with much brilliant physicality but without a chance for the words to sink in deeply. It seemed like a high speed cartoon, a caricature of the play and I wondered wh... Continue reading
In 2000, I had an established network of supporters who had trusted me through the funding of three ventures. Like me, these investors did not want the best of the worst (often referred to as “best of class”), but wanted to invest in companies that were making a positive difference in the world. Here are some lessons learned in the interim that apply to all investors.
First, I had to persuade clients to compromise their values a bit for the sake o... Continue reading
Fresh from watching the Big Short in a crowded theater in Philly, I wanted to shout out my experiences from that time, using excerpts from my book: “Making Money Matter... Impact Investing to Change the World.”
In the first Democratic Debate a question which differentiated the candidates was this: What do you view as the greatest danger facing the next presidency? China! the Middle East! Global Warming! No, trumped Hillary: “it’s nuclear material getting into the wrong hands!” I get it. Fear... Continue reading
Sometimes I am shadowboxing with a powerful opponent that I can’t see, feel or understand. It is a mindless and undeterable attitude that reacts to me automatically based on a set of data I don’t know and that has no interest in my unique perspective. It is the robot-like rigidity that... Continue reading
Maybe the stock market isn’t the best way to invest all your money. There are plenty of reasons to be concerned with no corrections to speak of since 2009, shaky geopolitical concerns and the like. Corporate and municipal bonds don’t seem to be the solid answer they used to be either:... Continue reading
I first met Jay Coen Gilbert, founder of B Lab, the nonprofit behind the B-Corporation concept, 10 years ago at a Spirit in Business meeting. I invited the group to my “Circle of Entrepreneurs” meeting, and Jay showed up. He liked the way we had created something out of nothing, a tale... Continue reading
The talking heads: A feeder fund to seed a C-Corp run by the man who co-founded the biggest solar utility ever (Sun-Edison) that will invest billions in subsidized renewable energy projects.
What difference does your money make when you invest or divest? You might be conservative and want nature to remain beautiful forever. You might be liberal and want to undo environmental injustices. The same investment strategies may serve the goals of both. Arguing about the definitio... Continue reading
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