9 things you need to know about impact investing

84% of millennials are interested in investing in sustainability focused companies that hold a tangible connection with their social values.
Between 2014 and 2016, sustainable, responsible and impact investing spending grew by 33 %, increasing from $6.57 trillion in 2014 to $8.72 trillion in 2016, according to the U.S. SIF Foundation.
More than one out of every five dollars under professional management in the U.S. today, or 22% of the $40.30 trillion is involved in socially responsible investing.
The key is finding the balance between making a profit and having social impact and this makes impact investors more strict than classic investors.
Impact investors realise that ‘investing’ rather than ‘giving away’ is a much more effective and sustainable way to achieve social and environmental change.
98% of the population doesn’t meet the criteria for investing with the wealthy.
The easiest way to become an impact investor is to build a portfolio of publicly traded stocks in companies that do things you like. You might build a portfolio of companies in clean-tech and renewable energy.
No matter where you are in the world, chances are that impact investing is happening all around you. At its core, it is about the investor’s intention to facilitate a beneficial social or environmental impact that goes beyond the individual.
Impact investing takes the cause for good a step further and makes it the primary goal—above the return on investment. In addition, metrics specifically show the progress of the investments towards the social cause, which provides an extra layer of accountability.


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Articles: U.S. NewsInvestopediatbd*Forbes, and SLA.
Images: A Public Faith