Webinar to Probe Impact Investing

watering can watering a plant with in teh shape of a dollar symbolJoin experts from the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, Duke University, Tideline, and Acumen as they discuss impact classes as a way to match investments with the right opportunities.

In traditional and impact investing, asset classes provide tremendous benefits as a frame for grouping investments with similar financial characteristics, but there is not equivalent shorthand for the impact in impact investing. Without an improved classification, the market risks increased misunderstandings, inefficiencies, and misalignment that will impede its development.

In a recent report from Tideline, Navigating Impact Investing, social investment experts propose the creation of impact classes as a way to optimize the process of matching an investor's unique risk, return, and impact preferences with the right investment opportunities. In this one-hour session, report coauthors Ben Thornley of Tideline and Cathy Clark, a Duke University professor, will share their proposed impact classes, the feedback they've received from stakeholders, and how to turn this concept into reality. Sasha Dichter of Acumen will offer a practitioner's reflections on what an impact class framework may mean for the impact investing field.

Speakers include:

  • Ben Thornley, Tideline
  • Cathy Clark, Duke University
  • Sasha Dichter, Acumen
  • Daniel Davis, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis (moderator)

Register for the November 17 webinar, which takes place at 3:00 p.m. ET. Participation is free, but preregistration is required.

The Connecting Communities® webinar series is a Federal Reserve System initiative providing a national audience with timely information on emerging and important community and economic development topics. All sessions are recorded and archived on the Connecting Communities® website.