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How Stable is the Oil Industry?

When you really look at the utility of the fossil fuel industry as an investment, a warning that comes to mind is “volatility.” Today we find two separate headlines that show the many spikes and valleys of the industry.  In one corner, we have a piece on oil reaching a six month high just below […]

May 16th

Financial Empowerment Training – A Good Idea For Young Girls?

Toyota Financial Services (TFS) has partnered with Girl Scouts of the USA and pledged $2.1 million to provide financial literacy training for young girls.The program, which aims to empower 26,000 young girls, includes rolling out a new line of Girl Scout badges, providing college scholarships and conducting financial literacy events across the country. Financial Skills […]

July 15th

Who Are The Impact Investing Venture Capitalists Betting On?

DBL Partners, an investment fund based in the San Francisco and Palo Alto area, recently announced the closure of an impact investing fund worth $400 million. This fund is the largest so far in the impact investing space and will focus on companies in the sustainable energy, products and services, digital media and imaging, healthcare and IT […]

July 6th

Australia’s Biggest Banks Could Help Achieve UN’s Development Agenda in the Pacific

By Madeline Greer, Guest Contributor Australia’s Biggest Banks Could Help Achieve UN’s Development Agenda in the Pacific Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade has partnered with Westpac and ANZ to help deliver financial inclusion in Pacific communities. The bank’s partnerships are focused on helping communities better manage their funds, encourage entrepreneurship, and empower individuals […]

SunEdison & Morgan Stanley Launch Major Solar Energy Expansion

Originally published on SolarLove.org Partnering with Morgan Stanley to make tax equity financing available immediately, SunEdison is executing a major launch of an innovative power purchase agreement (PPA) product across seven states. With a newly expanded channel and sales platform, and through the recent acquisition of multiple residential power plants with SunEdison subsidiary TerraForm Power […]

June 26th

Is Sustainable Responsible Investing (SRI) More Than an Ethical Decision?

With cash-strapped and debt-ridden governments, sustainable development experts are turning to private SRI investors to address the gap in social and environmental initiative spending. A UN paper titled Private Sector Investment and Sustainable Development estimates that approximately US$5 trillion to US$7 trillion per year will be required to address sustainable development needs, with an additional US$44 […]

June 22nd

Egypt’s Solar Energy Plans Are Heating Up

Participating in an initiative to finance rooftop solar power units, National Bank of Egypt (NBE) and Banque Misr are offering loans to citizens in Egypt. As a preliminary stage, the initiative is being offered only within specific areas of Cairo. However, plans include expanding soon into Egypt’s other governorates. Energy Committee Head Magid Eldeen Almanzlaoy […]

January 19th

Islamic Finance: A Fast-Expanding Market

When the Western financial world imploded in 2007-8, many nations’ economies suffered as a result. Riding out the storm with little to no negative impact in the midst of severe economic downturn, the Islamic financial market has paradoxically been experiencing exponential growth. For this reason, Islamic finance has become a topic of worldwide interest. However, […]

January 5th

New Spending Bill Includes Environmental Setbacks

Several setbacks undermining environmental efforts and interests are tucked into the federal spending bill President Obama signed into U.S. law last Tuesday. This bill is one of the last acts of Congress under the Democratic-controlled Senate. Not boding well for environmentalists and climate change activists, Congress will return in January with Republicans in charge of […]

December 29th

Guide to Bitcoin for Small Business

As we continue to seek out more sustainable and decentralized solutions to such common everyday tasks, such as making and receiving payments, peer-to-peer currencies may lead the way. Of these digital currencies and crypocurrencies, perhaps the most well known is Bitcoin, which is not “just for geeks”, but is now seeing adoption by a range […]

May 14th

Is Bitcoin Mining Killing the Planet with its Massive Carbon Footprint?

Bitcoin, the latest virtual specie and darling of advocates of alternative, decentralized, and peer-to-peer currencies, has been making waves in currency speculation and spurring interest from investors and traders. And on the surface, bitcoin has a lot going for it, such as being digital, anonymous, decentralized, and open source, with its value not being tied […]

December 13th

Crowdfunding Could Grow to $90 Billion Market

The other day, I had a conversation that began something like this: “Crowdfunding, that’s that new term for how you can get the latest gadget or game or movie by ordering it early, right?” To which I replied that yes, that could certainly be one way to look at it, but another, and perhaps more […]

November 19th

SEC Crowdfunding Rule Could Let Small Businesses Raise $1Million per Year

A proposed crowdfunding rule by the Securities and Exchange Commission would allow small businesses to raise up to $1 million a year from unaccredited investors. “Entrepreneurs and start-up companies looking for investors will be able to solicit over the Internet from the general public under a new proposal issued by U.S. regulators on Wednesday. The […]

October 23rd