Posts Categorized: Impact Investing

The ESG Practice Playbook: Education, Training, and Leadership (for Financial Professionals Only)

Please Note: This webinar series is for financial professionals only, and the replay can now be seen on demand by clicking here The ESG and sustainable investing landscape has greatly evolved over the last decade. From the evolution and increased adoption of standards and protocols, to the propagation of new data sets, there are now… Read more »

Financial Advisors and the Art of Listening

Have you ever noticed that the words listen and silent are spelled with the same letters?  Perhaps this is no accident, because in many ways, they mean the same thing.  Have you ever talked to someone and walked away feeling enriched because they were such a good listener, even if they were a complete stranger?… Read more »

Increasing Income Streams: Where Should Investors Look?

As wealth managers, we intend to focus on our client’s investment returns over market cycles, not just quarterly positioning.  Risk must be measured and factored in, just as much so as the potential for rewards.  Additionally, we should not only be thinking about generating current income for our clients, but also about an increasing income… Read more »

Don’t Fear the Repo

As if the U.S. Federal Reserve did not already have enough on its plate heading into its meeting on interest rates this week, chaos deep inside the plumbing of the U.S. financial system has thrown policymakers an unexpected curve ball.  When rates on the typically steady overnight re-purchase agreements behave like the stock market, as… Read more »

US / China Trade War Analysis

US / China Trade War Analysis  Why are we in a trade war? China entered into the World Trade Organization in 2001, under rules that granted it concessions as a developing country, which greatly accelerated its integration with global markets and supply chains. Studies have shown that Chinese exports led to lower prices for U.S…. Read more »

Earth Day 2019: Carbon Footprint of a Texas Wildcatter Gone Climate Advocate

The earth aware days have arrived. April 22, 2020 will mark the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. Just as active managers use shareholder resolutions to address corporate governance, social, and environmental change, on the other side of the trade are individuals driving the demand of goods and services. Understanding your personal metrics and carbon footprint… Read more »

PG&E: A Case for Active vs. Passive ESG Investing

The story surrounding California Public Utility Pacific Gas and Electric (NYSE: PCG) is a case study of the nuanced implications of different sustainable investing strategies.  PG&E filed for bankruptcy after estimating a $30 billion liability from two years of wildfires, becoming one of the largest utility bankruptcies in history, and one of the first to… Read more »

ESG and Managing Client Relationships in a Volatile Market

The current market downturn and volatility we are experiencing is obviously a big change from the behavior of the market over the past 10 years.  In my 28 years of experience as a financial advisor, I’ve found that the most important thing to do during a down market cycle is to call my clients before… Read more »