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Is it Time to Finally Change Your Bank?

Locavesting Staff | January 4, 2018

Is this the year to finally change your bank? As the stock market reaches giddy new highs, it’s worth noting that it was just 10 years ago that a mortgage bubble and risky behavior fueled by the nation’s largest banks brought the economy to its knees. That experience—along with a backlash against the high, often […]

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Transform Finance: Bridging the Worlds of Finance and Social Justice

Anne Field | November 20, 2017

Impact investment has the potential to transform economies and societies, say its advocates. But the growing field is littered with examples of good intentions gone wrong—often the result of a “top-down” approach. How can impact investors avoid unintended consequences and ensure that their investments are aligned with the goals and needs of the people and […]

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For Impact Investor Kristin Hull, There Are Many Ways to Effect Change

Amy Cortese | May 9, 2017

The California Bay Area has a well-developed impact investing ecosystem. But trace any one initiative, and chances are it will lead back to Kristin Hull. A Bay Area native and former educator, Hull drew on her insights from education, grad school and the family investment business to become an influential voice and leader in the […]

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Impact Investing Marketplace ImpactUS Launches First Four Offerings

Anne Field | May 5, 2017

Impact investors often complain they can’t find enough viable social enterprises to invest in. And entrepreneurs bemoan a lack of available funding. A recently introduced online impact investing marketplace hopes to address that problem. ImpactUs, a Washington, D.C.-based platform, aims to provide a place where investors can find out about, research and connect with funds, […]

American Homeowner Preservation

A Fund Where Investors and Homeowners Both Win

Locavesting Staff | April 21, 2017

The mortgage crisis might seem like a distant memory, but in some ways, American families are more vulnerable than ever. More than 83,000 new families are impacted by foreclosure every month. Nationwide, one in every 200 homes goes into foreclosure. Jorge Newbery is out to change that. His company, American Homeowner Preservation (AHP), buys distressed mortgages […]

Three Women-Owned Startups That You Can Invest In Today

Locavesting Staff | March 10, 2017

Women entrepreneurs are at a disadvantage when it comes to raising capital for their businesses. They’re turned down more often than men and, when they do raise money, they raise smaller sums. (It’s a good thing they know how to do more with less). That’s starting to change, as new funding options that bypass the […]

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Can Tax Incentives Jumpstart the JOBS Act?

Chelsea Eddy | January 24, 2017

Investing in local businesses, rather than in publicly traded corporations, is an idea generating interest globally. But until recently, that was hard to do in the U.S., thanks to federal and state laws that have impeded such investments by average citizens. The JOBS Act, passed in 2012 and fully implemented last May, has lowered many […]

A Progressive Investor’s Action Guide for the Next Administration

James Frazier | January 20, 2017

Concerned about the direction of the country? Make your voice—and money—heard, argues financial advisor James Frazier in this guest post.  Now that the 2016 presidential election is in the history books, the rough outlines of the next few years are starting to become a little clearer. We can reasonably expect a federal government with less […]

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Social Impact Investing: the Outlook for 2017

Locavesting Staff | December 31, 2016

For all its faults, we may look back at 2016 as the year that impact investing was democratized. Once the exclusive domain of wealthy individuals and institutions, impact investing is now within reach of any American with $100 to invest—thanks to the passage of the JOBS Act and new investment vehicles like those offered by […]

For Omidyar, Investing in High Social Impact is Worth The Lower Financial Returns

Anne Field | December 6, 2016

Some social enterprises promise fast growth and lofty financial returns for investors. Others, not so much. But according to a recent analysis from Omidyar Network, accepting lower returns in exchange for greater social impact is well worth the effort. That, of course, is good news for high-impact social entrepreneurs on the lower end of the […]