05.01.10

Impact Investing

Capitalism is tackling the world's biggest social and environmental problems - and giving investors a new way to do well by doing good.

Ron Cordes, co-chairman of Genworth Financial Wealth Management and president of the Cordes Foundation, writes about the growing appeal of impact investing among high net worth individuals.

Cordes, who was an early impact investor, makes a strong case to financial advisors that their clients will increasingly demand products that allow them to address social and environmental goals while making a profit.

Although it's barely on most investors' radar screens today - and despite the fact that some microbanks have been in the news recently for doing more harm than good in these developing countries - I still firmly believe that in the coming decade impact investing could fundamentally reshape how your clients "do well by doing good," how the planet's biggest problems get solved and how you bring value to wealthy investors.

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