Topic: ESG & Economics

All Investing has impact. Here we share how and why.

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Environmental Impact of St. Patrick’s Day

Green Celebrations: Navigating the Environmental Impact of St. Patrick’s Day As St. Patrick’s Day approaches, cities around the world prepare for a sea of green, lively parades, and joyous celebrations in honor of the patron saint of Ireland. While the day is synonymous with leprechauns, beer, and all things green, festivities aren’t necessarily lucky for

March 14, 2024
Podcast

Episode 125: ESG Data – From Metric to Factor, with Conor Platt – and the Magnificent 7 Stocks

In our latest Armchair, Nate and Yates bring back Confluence Analytics CEO Conor Platt to look at the Magnificent 7 Stocks through a lens of applying ESG data to create factor analyses.

January 25, 2024
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Fashion Industry Waste & Climate Change

Unraveling the Thread: How the Fashion Industry’s Waste Contributes to Climate Change Let’s be real. We’ve all bought clothes we either never wear, wear once, or wear all the time and then throw away. But have you ever wondered where it goes after you’re done with it? In a world driven by trends and fast-paced

November 7, 2023
Podcast

Episode 115: Halloween Spooktacular

In our latest Armchair, Nate and Yates talk with Tessa Schaal about Halloween and ESG sustainability.

October 31, 2023
Research

ESG in the Music Industry

Harmonizing with Nature: The Music Industry’s Green Revolution The music industry is truly massive in its scope, impact, and economic influence. As an industry, in total, it generates more than $170 billion, increasing every year. This is built on more than $28.8 billion in revenues from recorded music. In fact, retail sales of merchandise is an industry

October 16, 2023
Research

Taking ESG Investing Mainstream

Incorporating ESG factors into mainstream investing has grown on an absolute level, but relative adoption remains low against the entire market. While it takes time for markets to adjust, part of the reason for the delayed integration is the asymmetrical approach to investing for value and investing for values. This is changing. With reliable data

September 8, 2023
Podcast

Episode 108: The Nuclear Option

Exploring the pros and cons of nuclear energy with Nate and Yates.

August 10, 2023
Podcast

Episode 106: The Unlikely Intersection of Sustainability and Dividends

All investors are searching for yield, and mitigate risk with the dividend shield. But dividends that have a payment history often come from companies that aren’t quite green. We start from a place of carbon pricing, with a solution for both green and income investors alike.

June 27, 2023
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Research

The Unexpected Intersection of Sustainability and Dividends 

Sustainable investing and long-term investing share significant overlap. Investors use both approaches to seek specific positive change over broad periods of time. Without financial returns, sustainable investing is futile, and blue-chip, dividend paying stocks are a critical component of many successful long-term investment strategies. These established companies tend to be more carbon-intensive for a number

June 23, 2023
ESG Conflicts - What Would Adam Smith Say
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ESG Conflicts? What Would Adam Smith Say?

A respected idea in economics, known as the “universal ownership theory,” states that some actions that could maximize value for an individual company may not be optimal for its shareholders. Huh? Stick with us – we’ll explain, and show why this is relevant in the ESG arena. The whole is different than the sum of

February 16, 2023
Return on Sustainability Investing
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Return on Sustainability Investing

When deciding whether to pursue a project, a company’s CEO and CFO are likely to ask, “what’s the expected return on investment?” (Note: to head off the emails that statement might generate, we acknowledge that the preferred approach is to compute a project’s net present value, but we’ll leave it to corporate finance textbooks to

January 24, 2023
Good news for companies that embrace sustainability
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Good News for Companies that Embrace Sustainability

For those who argue that investing in efforts to fight climate change interferes with a company’s duty to shareholders, a recent study by EY has some disappointing news. The study reports that “companies that take decisive action to combat climate concerns are benefiting from unexpected financial value in areas like revenue growth and earnings.” EY

November 29, 2022

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