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Chris McKnett: The investment logic for sustainability

Chris McKnett: The investment logic for sustainability

 

Sustainability is pretty clearly one of the world’s most important goals; but what groups can really make environmental progress in leaps and bounds? Chris McKnett makes the case that it’s large institutional investors. He shows how strong financial data isn’t enough, and reveals why investors need to look at a company’s environmental, social and governance structures, too.

Chris McKnett helps institutional investors put money toward sustainable and socially-forward assets. 

 

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At State Street Global Advisors, Chris McKnett thinks deeply about how large investors, like banks, pension funds and endowments, can put their money in the right places — not just for better business, but for a better world. In his role as the head of State Street Global Advisors’ Environmental, Social and Governance Investing (ESG), McKnett develops sustainable-strategic products and integrates sustainability thinking directly into the investment process.

Luke Syson: How I learned to stop worrying and love “useless” art

Luke Syson: How I learned to stop worrying and love “useless” art

 

Luke Syson was a curator of Renaissance art, of transcendent paintings of saints and solemn Italian ladies – serious art. And then he changed jobs, and inherited the Met’s collection of ceramics — pretty, frilly, “useless” candlesticks and vases. He didn’t like it. He didn’t get it. Until one day….

As a curator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Luke Syson accesses the richness of European history through sculpture.

 

WHY YOU SHOULD LISTEN TO HIM?

 

Luke Syson joined the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 2012 as the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Curator in Charge of European Sculpture and Decorative Arts. This year, he co-curated the small but innovative exhibition “Plain or Fancy? Restraint and Exuberance in the Decorative Arts.” Before joining the Met Syson was Curator of Italian Painting before 1500 and Head of Research at the National Gallery, London. While at the National Gallery, he was curator of the exhibition “Renaissance Siena: Art for a City,” and in 2011 he organized the groundbreaking “Leonardo da Vinci: Painter at the Court of Milan.”

 

Syson was also one of the curators who organized the acclaimed Enlightenment Gallery at The British Museum and was part of the team that planned the new galleries for Medieval and Renaissance Art at the Victoria & Albert Museum.

 

Toby Eccles: Invest in social change

Toby Eccles: Invest in social change

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Here’s a stat worth knowing: In the UK, 63% of men who finish short-term prison sentences are back inside within a year for another crime. Helping them stay outside involves job training, classes, therapy. And it would pay off handsomely — but the government can’t find the funds. Toby Eccles shares an imaginative idea for how to change that: the Social Impact Bond. It’s an unusual bond that helps fund initiatives with a social goal through private money — with the government paying back the investors (with interest) if the initiatives work.

Toby Eccles has created a radical financial instrument that helps private investors contribute to solving thorny public problems.

 

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All too often, an ex-inmate walks out of prison with the exact same problems he or she walked in with: lack of skills, lack of support, no job. And they end up re-offending and back in jail. It’s an expensive problem to fix, but it’s a much more expensive one to ignore. A director at Social Finance in London, Toby Eccles explores the arbitrage between those two options.

 

In 2010, his pioneering Social Impact Bond allowed private investors to support a UK program targeting ex-prisoners who served short sentences (the limited government funding only goes to ex-inmates who served long terms). The £5m scheme, funded by 17 investors, supports training and support for 1,000 ex-inmates; if they re-offend less than a control group, the government will pay investors back, plus interest, through the savings accrued by achieving the program’s targets.

 

More such bonds are now being tried across the world, including in New York City and Massachusetts (both addressing recidivism), and extended to new fields such as development. Eccles founded Social Finance in 2007, and he oversees all of the firm’s social impact bond work, where, he says: “We are incentivised to work with the complicated and with those willing to change.” “We are incentivised to work with the complicated and with those willing to change.”

 

Black Gold The Secrets of Oil

Black Gold The Secrets of Oil

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Becoming Your Own Banker, The Infinite Banking Concept

Becoming Your Own Banker, The Infinite Banking Concept

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The more you own, the more you know you don’t own – Aristotle Onassis

 

The more you own, the more you know you don’t own – Aristotle Onassis

The next gold? Diamonds lure investors

The next gold? Diamonds lure investors

Gemstones and jewelry are fetching record prices at auctions, while gold falls and stocks remain volatile. The combination is boosting the appetite for diamonds as investments.

Top 5 Richest Football Club Owners In The World

Top 5 Richest Football Club Owners In The World

In this Top Money, TRACE Sports looks at the richest owners and shareholders of football clubs:.

5. Roman Abramovich – Chelsea FC – $10.2 Billion
4. François Pinault – Stade Rennais FC – $15 Billion
3. Rinat Akhmetov – Shakhtar Donetsk – $15.4 Billion
2. Alisher Usmanov – Arsenal FC – $17.6 Billion
1. Amancio Ortega – Deportivo La Coruna – $57 Billion

 

$190 Million Estate: America’s Most Expensive Home For Sale

$190 Million Estate: America’s Most Expensive Home For Sale

Greenwich, Conn. has long been known for its pricey ZIP codes, enviable proximity to New York City, and of course, a diaspora of wealthy Wall Street residents that has earned it a nickname as the hedge fund capital of the country. Now the tony town will be known for something else: as the location of America’s most expensive home for sale.

With an astounding asking price of $190 million, Copper Beech Farm has come to market as one of Greenwich’s last ‘Great Estates,’ a designation assigned by the Junior League of Greenwich in a 1986 coffee table book highlighting the town’s 46 most architecturally significant historic abodes. At that nine-figure price tag, Copper Beech Farm trumps every other U.S. residence publicly listed for sale, asking nearly 30% more than the country’s second most expensive home, the $135 million Crespi-Hicks estate in Dallas, Texas.

 

The Discipline of Finishing: Conor Neill

The Discipline of Finishing: Conor Neill

If you had 1000€ and you could invest that money in someone’s future, who would you bet on? Is it yourself? Outstanding speaker Conor Neill from IESE Business School illustrates how to self apply the three criteria Warren Buffett uses to choose the people in which he trusts with his investments.