We know the other party won’t talk about it. Will Democrats?

The second round of Democratic presidential debates starts tonight, and we hope one issue will be center-stage: climate change.

In the first debate of the election season, forty percent of Democratic candidates cited climate change as our nation’s greatest threat. Yet the topic was hardly discussed, taking up just six percent of debate time.

The NBC moderators seemed poorly-prepared to discuss the issue, asking non-specific and sensationalist questions. Critics have suggested that candidates, too, were often eager to skate past the questions into more familiar territory.

Climate change is…

Industries with the most female CEOs? Defense contractors and utility companies.

Two-thousand eighteen may have been the “Year of the Woman” in the US Congress, but the same cannot be said about US corporations. Just 5 percent of the top 500 public companies in the US are led by a woman, including just two women of color.

Among the largest 500 companies in the US, the industries with the most female CEOs may not be the ones you expect: defense contractors and utility companies. …

Investing sustainably allows you to align your investments with your values. But we’re interested in more than just feeling good about our investments. How can sustainable investing actually create change?

There are at least three mechanisms: financial incentives, shareholder voting, and media attention.

Financial Incentives

The first and maybe most obvious impact to companies is financial. Investing in companies has an impact on demand for their stocks and bonds, and therefore makes it easier for them to raise money to fund their growth. …

What we at Vestive call sustainable investing, others sometimes call impact investing. Or they might call it socially responsible, ethical, environmental or ESG investing. There are a lot of terms for the same basic idea.

So, what does this actually mean? It means that when making investment decisions, we consider a range of environmental and social factors, in addition to financial ones. At Vestive, we score our investments on factors like carbon emissions, alternative energy, high-impact fossil fuels, women in leadership, gun manufacturers, tobacco manufacturers and labor norms violations, among others.

For issues that are having a negative impact on…

Wind turbines and solar panels are great, but should they be all you invest in?

No, we don’t think you should. Here’s why: If your financial goal in general is to have long term investments that will grow over time, one of the most important things you can do is diversify your portfolio. You wouldn’t buy stock in only one company and hold that and no other investments for your entire life, right? That leaves you exposed if that company falters, or if a new technology comes along that makes that company obsolete. Think Blockbuster. Blackberry. Kodak.

Vestive Staff

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