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On Climate Change, Some Politicians Need a Crash Course in Capitalism

Michael Bloomberg shares his thoughts on recent developments regarding the politically charged attempts to bring restrictions on ESG focused investments.  He argues that climate risk is financial risk and is an important factor for investors to consider.

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Massachusetts Passes a Massive Climate and Clean Energy Bill

The Washington Post reports on a new climate and clean-energy bill that was recently signed by Gov. Charlie Baker.  This move helps move Massachusetts towards its goal to reach net-zero emissions by 2050, including funding for off-shore wind, electric grid improvements, a ban prohibiting car dealerships from selling new gas- or diesel-powered vehicles after 2035, incentives for electric vehicles and appliances, and additional provisions focused on natural gas.

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Ingenuity and the Investor

Weston Wellington of Dimensional Funds has put together this piece on the importance of innovation in creating better businesses and improving consumer’s lives.  As investors, we would all like to focus on companies that are driving innovation, but it’s difficult to predict which ideas will become successful as well as which firms would reap those benefits.  Weston proposes that owning a diversified portfolio is the most effective way to participate in the rewards of ingenuity and innovation.

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What the Inflation Reduction Act Incentives Mean for Your Wallet

NPR lists just a few of the ways that the Inflation Protection Act can help consumers reduce their electric bills and fight climate change using tax credits for purchasing efficient electronic appliances, solar and electric vehicle credits.

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Market Returns through a Century of Recessions

What does a century of economic cycles teach investors about investing?  This interactive exhibit from DFA examines how stocks have behaved during US economic downturns.  Markets around the world have often rewarded investors even when economic activity has slowed.  This is an important lesson on the forward-looking nature of markets, highlighting how current market prices reflect market participants’ collective expectations for the future.

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Speeding Up the Transition Toward Clean Energy

In this interview with Olivia Wassenaar, the head of Apollo Global Management’s sustainable investing platform, we learn about the need for increased urgency in advancing the transition toward cleaner, renewable energy sources.  The recent geopolitical challenges have reminded the world how reliant we are on fossil fuels and how far we are from a true shift toward clean energy.

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Aid to the People of Ukraine

If you are interested in examining ways to help the people of Ukraine, the following two online publications offer numerous links to organizations actively involved in the effort:

Timeout Magazine: https://www.timeout.com/news/23-ways-you-can-help-the-people-of-ukraine-right-now-040722

The Cut Magazine: https://www.thecut.com/2022/03/russia-invades-ukraine-how-to-help-the-people-of-ukraine.html

We’ve also found that the U.S. Department of State has some helpful information, including actions being taken by our government: https://www.state.gov/united-with-ukraine/

Third Dose Is Key to Fight Omicron’s Spread

Bloomberg reports that Pfizer and BioNTech SE said initial lab studies show a third dose of their Covid-19 vaccine may be needed to neutralize the omicron variant, results that will accelerate booster-shot drives around the world and may lead to use of new strain-specific vaccines.

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The Unstoppably Good News about Clean Energy

In this interview with Canary Media, energy strategist Kingsmill Bond from the think Carbon Tracker says the transition to renewables is inevitable based on sheer economics.

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Pax Global Environmental Markets Fund Sustainability & Impact Profile

Pax World Funds recently released its Sustainability & Impact Profile Report.
The Company stated in the release of this report (May 2021) that the document will help “..provide evidence of the Fund’s measurable, positive impact.”