The View from Canada: Impact Investing 2.0 – Your Money, Your Way

The View from Canada: Impact Investing 2.0 - Your Money, Your Way

Authored by: Carmelina Macario

When you start to think about investing your money to save for retirement or to grow your net worth, you are faced with a lot of questions:

How much do I put aside every month? Who do I trust with my money? I am a high- or low-risk investor? What do I want to invest in? Enter the financial advisor – they can help answer those questions, set up a portfolio for you and give you piece of mind. But what about when they can’t offer you something you want to invest in? What happens with even Socially Responsible Investment (SRI) funds don’t met your needs?

Enter impact investing. Of course it isn’t a new concept (NextBillion has covered it extensively) but it is a concept that is gaining popularity in the investment community. For the uninitated, impact investing is the act of investing your money into projects that will have a positive social or environmental impact and getting a return for it. Impact investing experts credit the gain in popularity to among other things: the instability of financial markets, the creation of a common framework for reporting on impact investments and to the shift of donors lending money to causes rather than giving money to causes.

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