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The Green Investor

English, Finance, 1 season, 26 episodes, 12 hours, 28 minutes
Green Investing is one of the fastest growing sectors of the capital markets, yet it’s still one of the most misunderstood. Investors want their money to align with their social and environmental values, but finding a path through the thicket of products, companies, industries and ratings is trickier than ever. The Green Investor, powered by Investopedia, will explore the present and future frontiers of ESG, SRI and Impact investing, and the companies and leaders who are shaping the landscape. Hosted by Investopedia Editor-in-Chief Caleb Silver, The Green Investor will feature interviews with the most influential executives, academics, investors, and policy makers in ESG. Listeners will learn how to invest with environmental and sustainable frameworks, trends to watch as the industry grows, and resources to help them on their green investing journey.
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Following the Trillions of Dollars in Sustainable Infrastructure Government Projects

How do developed countries deploy trillions of dollars in government money toward more sustainable infrastructure projects, and what's holding them back? Chris Lewis, the head of the Global Infrastructure team at EY joins the show to talk about which countries are doing it right, which industries have the most wind and money at their backs, and what governments need to do in order to accelerate progress. Plus, Big Money is putting big money to work in ESG funds and ETFs despite the backlash against the theme. We'll name names, and follow the money. LINKS FOR SHOW NOTES
2/17/202326 minutes, 26 seconds
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The Most Important Themes Facing Green Investors in 2023

2022 brought historic agreements from the COP summits, the passage of a climate bill in the U.S., and a global spike in emissions. We break down the year that was. Plus, tighter regulations, stricter standards, the transition to renewables, adaptation and relentless climate disasters are just some of the main themes facing countries, companies and investors in 2003. Meggin Thwing Eastman of MSCI rejoins the show to share her team's ESG and Climate Trends to Watch for 2023 report. LINKS FOR SHOW NOTES
1/6/202327 minutes, 28 seconds
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What Was, and What Wasn't Accomplished at COP27

At the latest Conference of the Parties held in Egypt, a historic agreement on "Loss and Damage" was reached, paving the way for poorer countries impacted by climate change to receive billions of dollars of support from wealthier nations. Still, the details on the agreement are scarce, and there were many unanswered questions. Alice Hill from the Council on Foreign Relations attended COP27, and joins the show to tell us what key issues went unaddressed, and what needs to be done now to reduce global warming. LINKS FOR SHOW NOTES
11/23/202228 minutes, 17 seconds
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Insurance in the Era of Climate Change

Hurricane Ian ravaged Florida, leaving dozens of fatalities and upwards of $60 billion in economic losses in its wake. It also left a lot of home and business owners with steep losses given the lack of available flood and disaster insurance in the state. Brian Schneider of Fitch Ratings joins the show to talk about Florida's precarious insurance situation, the role of reinsurance in natural disasters and the likelihood of rising rates for customers in the era of climate change. Plus, The Clean Water Act goes back to The Supreme Court as an Idaho couple and several powerful lobbies try to take down the 50-year old law. LINKS FOR SHOW NOTES,quality%20standards%20for%20surface%20waters
10/7/202224 minutes, 49 seconds
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Resetting the Standards and Investing Principles for ESG

Live from Investor Connection, the first-ever partnership between Investopedia and Morningstar, a conversation on the state of ESG today, hosted by Leslie Norton,  Morningstar’s Editorial Director for Sustainability, featuring Jon Hale, Morningstar’s Director of Sustainability Research, Carol Liable, the CEO of Domini Impact Investments, and me. Plus, The Clean Air Act turns 52 this week. LINKS FOR SHOW NOTES
9/22/202229 minutes
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The Case Against Carbon Capture

Carbon Capture Utilization and Storage has been touted as one of the great hopes for reducing global greenhouse emissions, tens of billions of dollars are behind hundreds of projects around the world, with more on the way. But critics, like Carroll Muffett, President and CEO of the Center for International Environmental Law, say CCUS is not effective or even necessary.Plus, energy emergencies in Europe and California are calling for costly and dramatic measures. LINKS FOR SHOW NOTES:
9/8/202228 minutes, 34 seconds
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Why a Former Top Sustainability Investor Says the Industry is a Dangerous Fraud

Tariq Fancy, the former Chief Investment Officer of Sustainable Investing for Blackrock, joins the show to explain why he left the industry and penned a four-part essay decrying it as a marketing fraud that preys upon investors' intentions without delivering impact. Plus, money has been flowing back into renewable energy stocks and ETFs amid the passage of the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022. We track the flows and watch the temperatures as extreme heat is producing dangerous consequences around the world. LINKS FOR SHOW NOTES:
8/18/202235 minutes, 15 seconds
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Green Banks get the Green Light Under The Inflation Reduction Act

The Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 includes up to $370 billion in spending towards green technologies and industries aimed at reversing climate change, and the creation of a national Green Bank. That could ignite a boom in the green banking industry that has been around for over a decade, but has yet to go mainstream. Reed Hundt, the co-founder and CEO of the Coalition for Green Capital, and former chair of the FCC, joins the show to unpack the opportunity for green banks if the bill passes. LINKS FOR SHOW NOTES
8/4/202232 minutes, 23 seconds
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Life, Liberty, and Investing Returns with Perth Tolle

Perth Tolle, founder of the Life and Liberty Indexes, joins the show to talk about the connection between freedom and investing, and why it's more important now, than ever. Plus, the planet is baking with extreme temperatures in Asia, Europe and the U.S. threatening millions of lives and driving utility prices even higher. What, if anything, can political leaders do about it, and why their choices could compromise renewable energy adoption. LINKS FOR SHOW NOTES
7/21/202231 minutes, 24 seconds
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The Supreme Court's Ruling Against the EPA's Oversight and the Future of Emissions Regulations

The U.S. Supreme Court's recent ruling that limits the EPA's oversight of power plant greenhouse gas emissions, prompted more questions than answers. Carrie Jenks, Executive Director of Harvard Law School's Energy and Environmental Law Program, joins the show with some answers and what this means for the future of power plant emissions regulations. Plus, Europe lays down a framework to eliminate carbon emissions from new cars and vans by the year 2035, but high prices and regulations around lithium and cobalt could make that challenging. LINKS FOR SHOW NOTES
7/7/202224 minutes, 50 seconds
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Sustainable Investing From the Advisor's Perspective

Peter Krull, the founder and CEO of Earth Equity Advisors, one of the original sustainable investing focused RIAs, joins the show to talk about the financial advice and planning industry can move towards a greener future. Plus, the U.S. Supreme Court is on the verge of a major ruling that could upend the EPA's oversight, unwinding years of regulations designed to limit greenhouse gas emissions. And, higher gas prices are driving up the price of electric vehicles as consumers look for cleaner options. How much pricing power do electric automakers actually have? LINKS FOR SHOW NOTES:
6/23/202227 minutes, 12 seconds
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An ETF to Save the Oceans Splashes into the Market

The Newday Ocean Health exchange-traded fund, from Newday Impact in partnership with the legendary Cousteau family, launched this week, just in time for World Ocean Day. We talk to Doug Heske of Newday and Phillipe Cousteau about that ETF, and how it could be a new model for green, and blue investing. Plus, the sun is shining on the solar industry again after the Biden administration loosened tariffs on imports from Southeast Asia. We look at the forecast for renewable energy as gas prices hit record highs. SHOW LINKS:
6/9/202230 minutes, 14 seconds
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Busting through the Greatest Myths in Green Investing

Malik Sievers, head of ESG at Schwab Asset Management, joins the show to myth-bust the greatest tales about ESG and SRI investing. Plus, the planet is gearing up for one of the hottest summers on record and energy prices are already peaking. And, we go Unicorn spotting in search of the most valuable Green-Tech companies in the private market. Links Mentioned
5/26/202228 minutes, 42 seconds
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The Responsibilities of Responsible Investing

What does 'Responsible Investing', really mean amid climate change and a bull market in commodities? Amy O'Brien, the Global Head of Responsible Investing for Nuveen joins the Green Investor to talk about how the asset manager with over $1 trillion under management wields its influence on behalf of its stakeholders. Plus, electric vehicle stocks are spinning out, as production problems and material shortages curb EV-makers' capacity. And, green steel may be the next heavy metal. We look inside what could be the future of the industry.
5/12/202229 minutes, 29 seconds
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Why Climate Literacy is Critical to Green Investing

Marika Christopher of Janus Henderson Investors, joins the show to talk about the importance of climate literacy when engaging with companies and investors, and where ESG investing is headed. Plus, money flows continue to pour into ESG and Sustainable ETFs, despite the selloff across the sector. And, we celebrate Earth Day and dig into the origins of the largest secular holiday on the planet. LINKS FOR SHOW NOTES:
4/28/202230 minutes, 27 seconds
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Setting the Standards for Green Investors

USSIF, The Forum for Sustainable and Responsible Investment, is one of the leading non-profit organizations that has been setting the standards and guidelines for ESG, Sustainable, and Impact investing. USSIF's CEO, Lisa Woll, joins the show to talk about what the investment industry needs now given the climate crisis and the demands of more socially conscious investors. Plus, electric vehicles are becoming more mainstream as total units are set to pass 20 million this year. Who's leading the race, and what does that mean for our electric future. Links
4/14/202233 minutes, 36 seconds
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How Student Activists Pushed Harvard to Divest from Fossil Fuels

Divest Harvard, a student-led activist organization at Harvard University, won a major victory in 2021 by convincing its trustees to wind down its investments in the fossil fuel industry through its $53 billion endowment. Connor Chung, a junior at Harvard, and one of the main organizers of Divest Harvard, joins the show to explain how they did it, and what else it wants from the university. Plus, the SEC has finally issued a proposal that would make climate risks a mandatory component of public company filings. We unpack the proposal, and what could come next.
3/31/202228 minutes, 29 seconds
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The Energy Industry's Stranded Asset Emergency

A new study published in Nature Communications reveals that the energy industry is facing hundreds of billions of dollars in losses as they continue to build fossil fuel based power plants and new carbon reduction technologies are not being built fast enough to arrest climate warming. Prof. Francois Cohen of the Univ. of Barcelona, one of the authors of the report, joins the show to break down the study and its implications. Plus, new money is pouring back into ESG and SRI funds as oil prices swing violently amid a four-decade high in inflation. We follow the money on The Green Investor.
3/17/202224 minutes
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Unpacking MSCI's ESG Ratings

In this episode of The Green Investor, we get to the bottom of what MSCI's ESG ratings measure, and what they don't, especially as they relate to climate change, with Meggin Thwing Eastman, Managing Director, Editorial Director for ESG & Climate Research at MSCI. Also, oil prices have been spiking amid Russia's invasion of Ukraine. We dig into the significance of Russia's oil supply on the global economy, how major companies and countries are responding to the conflict today, and their plans for accelerating their push into renewable energy.
3/3/202231 minutes, 1 second
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How Engine No.1 is Driving Change as an Activist Shareholder

Michael O'Leary of Engine No.1 joins the show to talk about how the activist investor drove Exxon-Mobil and General Motors to make real strategic changes and climate-based goals from the inside, and what's behind its ETF offerings to retail investors. Plus, record draughts across the West and flooding warnings along the coasts are the latest harbingers of the climate crisis, and advocacy groups say the world's largest companies continue to make empty promises. And, the Army is going green with ambitious plans to reduce its massive carbon footprint. All that and more on The Green Investor, powered by Investopedia.
2/17/202232 minutes, 56 seconds
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Challenging Big Oil from the Inside Out

Mark van Baal, founder of Follow This, joins the show to talk about how his activist investing strategy of getting individual and institutional shareholders of the world's biggest oil companies, is forcing change from the inside of Royal Dutch Shell, Exxon Mobil and others. Plus, hundreds of billions of dollars flowed into mutual funds, ETFs, and private investments in climate technologies last year. We follow the money and the sectors it is flowing to. And, universities are jumping into the Green Bond game to green up their campuses. We go back to school on The Green Investor.
2/3/202227 minutes, 24 seconds
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Responsible Investing in the 21st Century

Emily Chew, the Chief Responsible Investing Officer for Calvert Research and Management, joins the show to talk about how one of the original social investing funds is meeting the evolving needs of its clients, especially around climate investing. Plus, BlackRock's Larry Fink says ESG isn't 'woke'.... it's good capitalism. We also follow the money as automakers tilt their advertising budgets towards their electric futures, and we introduce a new segment, "Unpack the Acronym", to help green investors cut through the alphabet soup in sustainable investing.
1/20/202234 minutes, 19 seconds
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Building the Green Investor Toolkit

Shila Wattamwar, Global Head of ESG Retail Wealth Strategy at Sustainalytics/Morningstar, joins the show to talk about the screening tools her team has been building to help investors personalize their investment choices, and what today's sustainable investor is actually looking for. Also, 2021 was one of the most expensive years in history for climate change disasters just as investors and underwriters poured more money into ESG funds and green bonds. We unpack the mismatch between money flows, returns and the realities of a changing planet.
1/6/202227 minutes, 50 seconds
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Where the Money is Flowing in Green Investing in 2022

David Callaway, founder of Callaway Climate Insights, joins the show to talk about which sectors are seeing the most venture capital and investments as we head into 2022, and how the investing industry is trying to package those themes for investors. Plus, why Europe is leading the charge in green-themed investing, and why recent regulatory changes are putting the wind in its sails. And, the language of green investing is changing so we break out our decoder to make sense of the new vocabulary.
12/22/202134 minutes, 42 seconds
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Quantifying the Investing Risks of Climate Change

In our inaugural episode of The Green Investor, Spencer Glendon, founder of Probable Futures, joins the show to talk about the critical risks to the multi-trillion dollar investment industry and investors due to climate change, including many we have never heard about. What does the industry need to do to prepare for them, and how can individual investors move their money to truly invest along with their environmental beliefs?
12/9/202137 minutes, 45 seconds
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Welcome to The Green Investor from Investopedia

Green Investing is one of the fastest-growing sectors of the capital markets, yet it’s still one of the most misunderstood. Investors want their money to align with their social and environmental values, but finding a path through the thicket of products, companies, industries, and ratings is trickier than ever. The Green Investor, powered by Investopedia, will explore the present and future frontiers of ESG, SRI and Impact investing, and the companies and leaders who are shaping the landscape. Hosted by Investopedia Editor-in-Chief Caleb Silver, The Green Investor will feature interviews with the most influential executives, academics, investors, and policymakers in ESG. Listeners will learn how to invest with environmental and sustainable frameworks, trends to watch as the industry grows, and resources to help them on their green investing journey.
10/26/20212 minutes, 11 seconds