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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. The total financial performance (comparing all capital draw downs with all capital, interest and fee payments) over the … Continue reading

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Social Investing – from Hype to Impact?

Impact investment is blossoming. What started as a fad for idealists is gradually becoming a mainstream concept often discussed by fund management hotshots and company executives. The concept itself is certainly appealing. Investors are realising that they have the possibility … Continue reading

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A new Crystal Palace: phoenix rising or setting sun?

Local residents ‘outside the tent’. Photo: Sarah Glover. Local residents, who were excluded from a media conference in Crystal Palace Park, pressed their ears to the windows so that they could hear what was being said. On 3 Oct 2013, London Mayor … Continue reading

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The fancy names aren’t helping – let’s call it investment and get on with doing it properly

The extent of debate (and often disagreement) about the definition of social impact investment is fascinating – exploring in great depth the nuances and prerequisite principles for investing in a way that seeks both positive social outcomes and financial returns. … Continue reading

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Osborne’s 2013 Budget for the UK – giving love a chance?

A committed fiscal conservative like UK Chancellor George Osborne was never going to deviate from Government’s hard-wired policy of austerity. Nobody really expected a change of course in his 2013 Budget, not even after his recent humiliation by Moody’s downgrade … Continue reading

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World’s first financial index for impact investing unveiled

Press release: 11 December 2012, London (reblogged here 12 Dec) Engaged Investment has launched a pilot to test the creation of the world’s first investment index for the growing emerging market of social investment (‘impact investing’, as it is called … Continue reading

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The Road Less Travelled: Social Business in Europe

Call it a new kind of capitalism. You make goods to sell to a mass market but your aim isn’t profit. Enterprises are run by workers and customers and surpluses are ploughed back to achieve social goals. Capitalism? Not as … Continue reading

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