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With headlines focused on the first anniversary of the Jan 6 insurrection on the US Capitol and the impact of Omnicom and the holidays quickly receding in the rear-view mirror, it’s understandable if we all feel a bit overwhelmed. But, we didn’t want to miss the chance to wish everyone a Happy New Year and to start the year off with a recommitment to bring some positive news to your email boxes every week and to continue to raise up fearless changemakers and world-changing ideas to inspire you.

In the search for ways to continue to drive change, many have turned to impact investing. Whether you’re just sticking your toes in the water or are an experienced impact investor, we’ve got resources for you.

As we kick off 2022 and many proactively take steps to realign their investing and finances for the new year, we’ve created a book list to inspire you. It includes some investing classics and more recent entries to align your money with your values. Some are first-person journeys, others more practical or big picture. If you’ve read one, hit reply and let us know what you think -

  1. Broke Millennial Takes On Investing by Erin Lowry

  2. The Intelligent Investor by Benjamin Graham

  3. The Memo: Five Rules for Your Economic Liberation by John Hope Bryant

  4. Activate Your Money: Invest to Grow Your Wealth and Build a Better World by Janine Firpo

  5. A Random Walk Down Wall Street by Burton G Malkiel

  6. The Good Your Money Can Do: Becoming a Conscious Investor by Eva Yashari

  7. Real Impact: The New Economics of Social Change by Morgan Simon

  8. GIVE: How to Manage Your Money and Make a Difference by Rebecca Orlowitz David

  9. The Psychology of Money by Morgan Housel

Shoutout to ‘Jeopardy!’ contestant Amy Schneider who has won the most consecutive games of any woman in the show’s history.
Sustainable Investing in 2022
Jon Hale, head of sustainability research for the Americas at Morningstar, shares four things to keep in mind about sustainable finance as we get into 2022.
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ESG Needs Standardization
ESG is booming, and companies must adapt to the landscape to keep up. But increased transparency and measurement standards are needed so corporations and investors can maximize ESG efforts. Read our CEO Jean Case’s take in Barron’s.
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Support for Small Businesses
It may be a new year, but economic uncertainty wrought by the pandemic remains. Read for three ways the US Small Business Administration is continuing to help entrepreneurs and small businesses in 2022.
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Innovation in AI Research
MIT researcher Regina Barzilay, a breast cancer survivor, has devised a technique using artificial intelligence that seems to predict many breast cancer cases. The research team decided to make the technology open-source so any hospital could use it.
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Increases in Board Diversity
Great to see progress with 4,500 people of color occupying board seats in the members of the Russell 3000 stock index. This is up 25% from a year ago and up almost 50% from the end of 2019.
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Greenhouse Gas Emissions by Sector
This graphic from Our World In Data caught our eye this week. It shows a global breakdown of greenhouse gas emissions by sector and re-emphasizes the pressing need for continued innovation in the energy sector.
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