By Craig Miller, Next Avenue
A few years ago, Lee Hilliard and his wife Linda, of Manchester, Conn., were torn over what to do with their investment portfolio. The 72-year-old retired media consultant and his wife, who’s 64, had come into some Chevron
shares from Linda’s inheritance in 2016 and then again after her mother died in 2018, and they disagreed over what to do with the oil company stock.
For Linda, the shares were part of her father’s legacy and hey, they were paying decent dividends to boot. But Lee was uncomfortable.
“I’d been feeling badly about the oil stock,” he recalls. “As climate change becomes more impactful, I would say over the past five years I really started to pay attention and thought that it would be better not to invest in a fossil fuel company and maybe to take that money and put it toward something greener.”
He’s in good company. The Global Sustainable Investment Alliance estimates that about a third of all managed assets worldwide are now invested with some form of sustainability consideration in mind. If it is even close to that proportion, that’s a seismic shift.
Why Green Investing Is Blooming
In the early days of “green investing,” that is, putting your money where it could help the environment, one of the raps on this strategy was that by definition, it limited diversification in your portfolio. Not all companies that are “doing good” are going to do well.
But recent events like the unprecedented heat and wildfires in the western U.S., catastrophic floods in Germany and China, and —for the first time ever — an extreme heat advisory from weather authorities in Great Britain, have only added to the drumbeat of reminders that severe climate impacts have arrived.
As these events expose the risks to businesses worldwide, it’s become clear that investing with an eye toward climate change has arrived as well. In the first quarter of 2021 alone, investors poured $178 billion into “green” investment funds globally.
“It’s real. You need to know about it,” says Lucas Mansberger, an investment strategist and senior manager selection analyst at Greenleaf Trust, a Kalamazoo, Mich.-based firm. (Despite its name, Greenleaf does not focus exclusively on “green” investments.)
“You can see that environmental issues like the heat waves out west, the rising sea levels — they’re beginning to be material and salient to companies and to investors in a way that they weren’t twenty or thirty years ago,” Mansberger said. “And because that’s happening, you see more attention from the investment community.”
A year ago, when the Covid-19 pandemic was stealing most of the headlines, CNBC proclaimed that a new green investing “megatrend” was in the works. The pronouncement was triggered in part when Larry Fink, CEO of the global investment juggernaut BlackRock
, predicted that the imperatives around climate change would trigger a “fundamental reshaping of finance.”
Fink, whose firm had $7 trillion under management at the time, warned that, “companies, investors and governments must prepare for a significant reallocation of capital.”
Ambitious Climate Goals of the Biden Administration
Fast-forward to 2021, when the Biden administration has made climate a centerpiece of its agenda, setting out the most ambitious environmental to-do list in the nation’s history. Goals include cutting greenhouse gas emissions in half by 2030, a carbon-free electrical grid by 2035 and becoming a net-zero-carbon nation by 2050.
If President Joe Biden is able to muscle his sweeping climate program through Congress — or even a portion of it — tens of billions of dollars in programs and incentives will be unleashed to benefit companies in the business of “decarbonizing” America and the world. The current infrastructure plan alone includes $73 billion to upgrade the nation’s electrical grid and expand renewable resources, and more than $15 billion earmarked for electric vehicle charging stations, purchases of electric and hybrid school buses and other clean transit projects.
“The required investments are going to be much more far-ranging than that,” predicts Manberger. “Investments in climate resilience, generally for coastal communities. Upgrading infrastructure for changing weather patterns. Physical infrastructure. We’re in the first few innings of that.”
But how can individual investors take advantage of this?
One way is to “follow the money,” investing in certain stocks and mutual funds and exchange traded funds (ETFs) that own them.
For example, the Biden administration is seeking —reportedly with bipartisan support — a 10-year extension of clean-energy tax credits, which will provide a boost to players in the solar and wind energy arena. According to a recent report from RMI, a pro-clean-energy think tank, “the most important year to phase out fossil fuel infrastructure and invest in clean energy solutions is this year.”
But if investing in carbon-reducing companies and technologies seems like a slam dunk, take a breath. As with all investments, there are no guarantees.
In 2019, the Hilliards funneled some of the proceeds from selling their Chevron shares into stocks of three young companies in the electric vehicle (EV) sector. One took off big. Their other two are languishing, currently worth less than they paid for them.
Their experience highlights one of the hazards of trying to pick winners in a maze of new technology aimed at supporting a low-carbon economy. One recent projection by a Chinese manufacturer of EVs, reported in The Economist, foresees an explosion in the market, with as many as 300 companies making vehicles — followed, of course, by a major shakeout that will leave a handful of survivors.
Where to Find Investing Opportunities
Mansberger says that in the midst of this energy renaissance, investment opportunities are proliferating, but it’s a minefield.
“We generally don’t recommend that our clients go out and try to pick the individual winners and losers,” he says. “But if you do want to do it, don’t put in more than you can reasonably lose because many of these companies on the forefront of these technologies are in these dynamic industries. They’re going to be volatile.”
Advisers like Mansberger recommend spreading your risk through mutual funds, ETFs and other diversified investments in the green sector.
It also helps to start with a little introspection.
“You need to do a little bit of homework, first with respect to sustainability goals, and second on your investment goals and needs,” says Mansberger. “What are the reasons you’re interested in green investing? What is it you’re trying to accomplish? What are you most interested in?”
Next, check an online database to see which funds target sustainable investments.
Mansberger points to websites like Real Impact Tracker and FossilFreeFunds.com to help you separate the wheat from the chaff among corporate sustainability claims.
He adds that fund-tracker Morningstar now provides information about the sustainability of a fund’s holdings.
One thing is clear: The one-time cottage industry of green investments is now a force to be reckoned with, and that’s simply a reflection of where the world is heading.
“It’s not about ‘do-gooderism’ anymore,” says Mansberger. “It’s about the future of our economy.”
FXM VENTURE – Offers News Investment Platform – GlobeNewswire
Glasgow, Scotland, Aug. 13, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — With the intention of being one of the top investment platforms for investors of all stripes, FXM Venture was established in July of 2020. FXM has been extending its impact to adjacent nations thanks to the vision and leadership of its core members.
BACKGROUND OF FXM VENTURE
Ten significant individuals were involved in the founding and early development of FXM Venture, with the goal of establishing this investment fund’s brand on a global scale. And today, 100 members work in 6 transnational branches and continue their tradition. In addition to being directed and run by professionals with decades of expertise in a variety of sectors, including finance, investing, marketing, and technology, FMX is also run by vital departments like: customer service personnel, technical staff,…
Additionally, in just two years (starting in July 2020), FMX has called for a total investment of 8 million USD.
HOW DOES FXM VENTURE WORK?
For both long- and short-term traders, funding rates are regular payments. Investors are free to select a transaction based on their financial situation and liquidity. Users can, in particular, withdraw money at any moment and get interest.
At FXM Venture, we have experienced traders in both Forex and Cryptocurrencies allowing us to build a stable financial foundation to increase the returns of our investors.
FXM also has AI technology in trading approaches to Real-time forecasts of hundreds of scenarios, execution strategies, and commercial alliances, in addition to our research, market neutral algorithms by monitoring market movements and building trading algorithms. Our primary goal is to establish a win-win relationship between the customer and the firm, in which FXM Venture develops specific investment plans and strategies, while investors can then choose suitable investment packages, together with FXM consider and select specific investment plans.
ORIENTATIONS AND VISIONS
By expanding its operations and financial system in 2022, FXM aims to become one of the best legitimate funds in the world. To that end, 4 additional branches will be opened, and recruiting efforts will be stepped up to reach our target of 200 members.
In terms of financing, FXM VENTURE’s aim is to raise our fund up to $15 million.. Aside from that, FXM equips you with the resources you need to be completely confident in your investment decisions. Furthermore, you may invest with FXM with complete confidence because here are what make FXM different:
- TRANSPARENT TRANSACTIONS
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FXM does not intend to stop at satisfying almost 30,000 customers who have been using services and investing in FXM (with a customer satisfaction rate of 78% and a customer return rate of 85%), FXM is as complete as possible with the goal of increasing the number of clients to 50,000 in the next quarter with a satisfaction level of over 90%.
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PepsiCo Makes $550 Million Celsius Investment As Hip Hop Mogul Sues For His Shares – Forbes
has its sights on gaining a bigger share of the energy drink with a $550 million investment in Celsius Holdings. The energy drink maker is also at the center of a lawsuit between Russell Simmons and his ex-wife Kimora Lee Simmons along with her husband Tim Leissner, as he tries to retrieve his shares in Celsius back from them. Allegedly Kimora Lee and Leissner transferred and were using his shares of Celsius as collateral to pay a bond in connection with these criminal charges. Leissner already pleaded guilty, and agreed to forfeit $43.7 million for his role in the Malaysia 1MDB scandal that cost Goldman more than $3 billion. Simmons alleges that his shares of Celsius are being used as collateral to pay a bond in connection with these criminal charges.
The Breakdown You Need To Know:
Celsius recorded a first-quarter domestic revenue increase of 217% to $123.5 million and the long-term distribution deal gives Pepsi a minority stake of about 8.5%. The brand, which doesn’t use artificial preservatives or sugar, adds to PepsiCo’s energy drink portfolio, which already includes Rockstar as well as Mountain Dew drinks Amp, Game Fuel, and Kickstart. CultureBanx reported that with these types of returns it’s easy to see why Simmons wants his shares back from the couple.
Quick Recap on how these three people ended up in this situation. Goldman Sachs
last year agreed to pay the Malaysian government $3.1 billion, to settle claims in the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) fund. One of the main people who got the bank involved in this scandal was Kimora Lee’s Simmons husband Tim Leissner.
The bank swiftly parted ways with him after his shady dealings with Jho Low came to light. In November 2018, when Leissner agreed to pay $43.7 million toward victim compensation, it was in order to avoid jail time.
In his claim, Simmons says Kimora and Leissner “knew full well that Leissner would need tens of millions of dollars to avoid jail time, stay out on bail, and forfeit monies for victim compensation.” Simmons claims they used their Celsius shares as collateral for Leissner’s bail, and he wants his shares returned.
Now Russell wants no financial part in keeping Leissner out of jail. In a letter sent to his ex-wife Kimora Lee on May 5, 2021, he was pleading with her to do the right thing and avoid a lawsuit. He wrote that “I am shocked and saddened to see how your side has behaved in response to my repeated attempts to get an agreement from you to rightfully and legally reaffirm my 50% of the Celsius shares..which have been locked up with the government after being used for your husband’s bail money.”
A representative for Kimora Lee said “Kimora and her children are shocked by the extortive harassment coming from her ex-husband, Russell Simmons, who has decided to sue her for shares and dividends of Celsius stock in which Kimora and Tim Leissner invested millions of dollars.” At this point Russell is asking a judge for damages against Kimora and Leissner and believes he should be awarded restitution for interest and equal value for the wrongfully obtained shares.
Saskatchewan Leads Provinces In Building Construction Investment | News and Media – Government of Saskatchewan
Released on August 12, 2022
Saskatchewan first among the provinces in year-over-year growth
Today, Statistics Canada released June 2022 Investment in Building Construction numbers, which showed Saskatchewan with a 63.0 per cent increase (seasonally adjusted) compared to June 2021, ranking first among the provinces in terms of percentage change.
Saskatchewan also had strong month-to-month growth for building construction investment with a 17.6 per cent increase (seasonally adjusted) between May 2022 and June 2022, second among the provinces. The value of building construction investment in June 2022 was $464 million, the highest monthly investment in the province since August 2013.
Investment in residential building construction also saw strong month-to-month growth with an increase of 24.0 per cent.
“Saskatchewan’s economy is moving full steam ahead as we advance our Government’s strategy to increase our exports and attract investment into the province,” Trade and Export Development Minister Jeremy Harrison said. “Saskatchewan is a global leader in the sustainable production of the food, fuel and fertilizer that the world needs, a reality that will lead to more jobs and opportunities in our province for years to come.”
The latest Statistics Canada Labour Force Survey showed there were 581,600 people employed in July 2022 – an increase of 24,400 jobs (+4.4 per cent) compared to July 2021, the third highest percentage increase among the provinces. The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate of 4.0 per cent remained the second lowest among the provinces, a decrease from 7.1 per cent in July 2021 and well below the national average of 4.9 per cent.
Saskatchewan has ranked highly in a number of other key economic indicators in recent months, including June 2022 merchandise exports, which had the second highest year-over-year growth among the provinces at 57.3 per cent and June 2022 building permits, which had the second highest month-to-month growth among the provinces at 15.8 per cent and the third highest year-over-year growth at 27.4 per cent. June 2022 urban housing starts had the second highest year-over-year growth at 87.0 per cent, compared to the national increase of 0.2 per cent (unadjusted).
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