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Issue Briefs

ImpactAssets Issue Briefs are offered as concise, thoughtful articles exploring topics of interest to impact investors, wealth advisors and others active in the field of impact investing. Briefs have been written in response to discussions between ImpactAssets staff and others in the field. They are offered as a resource to those seeking a deeper understanding of impact investing and of current issues being discussed by those active in the field. If you have suggestions for additional topics to be explored in a future ImpactAssets Issue Brief, please send to Jed Emerson.

ImpactAssets Issue Brief #1
Invest with Meaning: An Introduction to a Unified Investment Strategy for Impact
By Jed Emerson, Chief Impact Strategist, and Tim Freundlich, President

ImpactAssets Issue Brief #2
Risk, Return and Impact: Understanding Diversification and Performance Within an Impact Investing Portfolio
By Jed Emerson, Chief Impact Strategist

ImpactAssets Issue Brief #3
Seven Tactics for Risk Management By Individuals Seeking to Engage in Impact Investing
By Jed Emerson, Chief Impact Strategist

ImpactAssets Issue Brief #4
The Metrics Challenge: Assessing "Impact Capacity" at the Firm Level
By Jed Emerson, Chief Impact Strategist, and Sarah Williams, Advective Fund

ImpactAssets Issue Brief #5
Ultimate Impact: Unifying an Investment Portfolio within a Donor Advised Fund
By senior staff of ImpactAssets, RSF Social Finance, and Tides

ImpactAssets Issue Brief #6
Private Equity in Emerging Markets: Exits from Aid, Steps Toward Independence
By Gerhard Pries and Vivina Berla, Sarona Asset Management Inc., and Jed Emerson, Chief Impact Strategist

ImpactAssets Issue Brief #7
Increasing Impact and Enhancing Returns: Integrating Publicly Traded Water and Agribusiness Equities into Impact Investor Portfolios
By Steve Falci, Calvert Investments, and Jed Emerson, Chief Impact Strategist

ImpactAssets Issue Brief #8
Present Risks, Future Rewards: Shared Reflections on Building the Market for Impact Investing
By Jed Emerson, Chief Impact Strategist, and Lindsay Norcott, Strategic Initiatives Officer

ImpactAssets Issue Brief #9
Path to Impact: On Becoming an Impact Investor
Featuring an interview with Stuart Rudick, Mindful Investors

ImpactAssets Issue Brief #10
From Grants to Groundbreaking: Unlocking Impact Investments
By Amy Chung, Living Cities, and Jed Emerson, Chief Impact Strategist

ImpactAssets Issue Brief #11
Seeding the Future: Challenge and Opportunity in Early Stage Impact Investing
By Jed Emerson, Chief Impact Strategist, Tim Freundlich, President, and Lindsay Norcott, Strategic Initiatives Officer