Leveraging big data, a new report by the biggest asset manager examines the physical risks associated with climate change.
"Responsible investment now commands a sizable share of professionally managed assets in each region, ranging from 18% in Japan to 63% in Australia and New Zealand. Clearly, sustainable investing constitutes a major force across global financial markets." Meanwhile, tighter standards are holding Europe back. (GLOBAL SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENT ASSETS WORTH $30 TRILLION)
Crowdfunding platforms are trying to make the most of impact investing trends whilst new data on the market open-up fresh perspectives for both investors and entrepreneurs.
"We started by issuing a Code of Conduct, then we made reporting standards mandatory for member platforms. Now, we are offering a third consumer protection tool. These three measures demonstrate how we go above and beyond legal requirements in terms of retail investors’ protection." ( Jamal El Mallouki, Chairman of the board of the German Crowdfunding Association on how they set the new "Transparency Seal", the first self regulatory scheme to protect retail investors within the European market for alternative finance)
MEPs adopted their position to boost European crowdfunding platforms and protect investors.
March has been the month of the first two IPOs in the equity crowdfunding segment. At what cost?
The merger between Invesdor and Finnest signals a new phase for the whole industry.
NatWest has announced the launch of a brand new initiative supporting women contemplating starting a business throughout the UK.
Seedrs' co-founder Jeff Lynn goes out of beta as the platform introduces AutoInvest, a new investment bot for early-stage private companies which constitutes equity crowdfunding’s first move into automation: "This is a very exciting release for us, and for me personally, as it represents the initial realisation of a vision we have had for quite some time."
How are regulators innovating to better respond to financial innovation?
While online venturing finance grows, investment platforms are embracing the educational challenge to distrupt the startup accelerator industry.
A new study confirms the growing trend of Millennials looking for impact as the sector needs to support the new generation of investors.
The European Commission welcomes the political agreement reached today by the European Parliament and Member States on new rules that will further help small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to finance their growth, innovate, and create jobs.
Equity crowdfunding platforms keep on growing as Millennials start becoming the biggest investment cluster.
"The UN and social entrepreneurs alike could tap into the market of global giving with a crowdfunding model modified for the SDGs, funnelling that money to help solve today’s toughest social problems." (Oxford University's Michele Scataglini on how to close the financing gap for SDGs)
75% of U.S. asset managers say their firms now offer sustainable investing strategies, up from 65% in 2016.
Results show that, although sustainability orientation does not increase the chances of success or of engaging professional
investors, it attracts a higher number of everyday investors.
What the Baromètre du Crowdfunding en France 2018 shows.
"Since the financial crisis, in the absence of banks lending, crowdfunding and peer-to-peer lending took off. That awakened an appetite in the public psyche to invest in things directly." (Bevis Watts on why crowdfunding has become a growing source of investment for social enterprises over the past decade)
Ethical and sustainable banks’ returns have been three times higher than those of mainstream banks.