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The Change We All Seek

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If this past year has shown us anything, it’s that the world is seeking change–and is looking for it in places they’ve never looked before. Although the current political, economic, and social climate brings with it tremendous uncertainty, it also presents an incredible opportunity for the impact investing community as people actively seek to alter the status quo.

This thirst for real, systemic change has already taken root in the minds of many investors. From January through August of 2016, investors added more than $1.2 billion to socially responsible funds, and total assets in these funds increased a remarkable 56% to total $170.1 billion from the same time period in 2012, according to Morningstar. This growth is being fueled in large part by women and millennials, both of whom have made their intentions to align their money with their values very clear. And we should be listening. While various studies cite different timelines and amounts, most agree that the intergenerational wealth transfer expected over the next four decades will accrue mainly to women and millennials.

Impact investing is a logical next step for these and other purpose-driven investors. Yet the impact investing community, that we should expect to be a major beneficiary of this emerging wealth, has only just begun to put the technology and infrastructure in place and provide the necessary transparency that will attract and accommodate these investors.

Read the full atricle at Invest with Values.