Truth or dare – transparency by vanguard social investors reveals risks and returns in a maturing market

A landmark study released today via the Government’s open data portal reveals for the first time historic performance of UK social investment activity.

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The total financial performance (comparing all capital draw downs with all capital, interest and fee payments) over the 12 year period was negative 9.25% (-0.77% annualised)*. Counterintuitively, this is remarkably good given that pricing of capital was driven by affordability and not risk adjusted. Moreover, most of these social investments were made after the investees had been refused finance from High Street institutions. They would therefore be classified as high risk deals.Read More »

DATA UNLOCKS CAPITAL – WHY SOCIAL INVESTMENT AND IMPACT INVESTING NEED DATA AND WHY IT IS A PRIORITY

Great article by my co-founder Rupert Evenett explaining why we’re passionate about creating EngagedX.

Normative Capital - On Social Investment, Finance for Social Purpose and the Role of the City

Data unlocks capital.

Data sets the risk and return expectations for providers of capital and thus provides the basis on which the provision of capital for social investment and impact investing can be scaled. Data gives a baseline for social investment and enables pricing for risk and return. Data shows how social investment and impact investing fits into modern portfolio construction compared with other investments and investment classes. Data signposts to front line organisations what sort of capital investments are available and on what terms. Data benchmarks success and investment readiness in social investment and impact investing – providing case studies and the aggregated investment characteristics of success. This helps new and existing investors to understand the drivers of social investment performance. Data identifies social investment gaps and opportunities – making the market more efficient and maximising public benefit. Data maps social investment. Data supports local as well as national…

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