January Monthly Commentary

Global equities continued their winning streak in the new year. Emerging market stocks maintained their lead—gaining 8.3% in January, according to the MSCI EM Index—bolstered by a weaker US dollar, stronger commodity prices, and sustained economic growth. The S&P 500 … Continued

UUA Shareholder Advocacy Wrap-up FY17

Climate justice advocates, including the Unitarian Universalist Association, scored a major victory this spring when a majority of ExxonMobil shareholders bucked management and voted to ask the oil giant to report what would happen if the world adhered to the … Continued

December Monthly Commentary

Equities rounded out a banner year with additional gains on the back of strong earnings and economic growth. Maintaining their lead, emerging market stocks returned 3.6% in December, according to the MSCI EM index, racking up gains of 37.9% in … Continued

The Climate Action 100+ Initiative

This week at the One Planet Summit in Paris, a new initiative was launched. The Climate Action 100+ Initiative, will drive action on climate change at the world’s largest emitters. Led by some of the world’s leading investor climate advocacy networks, … Continued

Monthly Commentary for November 2017

As 2017 draws to a close, most investors can look back on the year as one marked by low volatility and high returns. November did little to change this dynamic as global equities continued their relentless march forward. US stocks … Continued

Index Funds versus Active Management

Lately there has been significant discussion about the relative merits of index funds versus active management. Regardless of what you think of each style of investment, the metric for measurement the effectiveness of each should be a full market cycle. … Continued

Could ESG Analysis Have Helped Equifax Investors?

October 5, 2017 / by Reino Ecklord, Research Consultant and Kelly A. Regan, Senior Consultant Equifax’s data breach that potentially exposed the personal information of 145.5 million Americans has wreaked havoc on the credit bureau’s reputation and its stock price. … Continued

October Monthly Commentary

Global equities racked up fresh gains in October amid positive economic signals across the globe. At home, the S&P 500 Index was up 2.3% as unemployment fell to 4.2%, the lowest it’s been since 2001, and third-quarter GDP estimates exceeded … Continued

September Monthly Commentary

Global stocks continued their march upward in September with gains of 1.9%, according to the MSCI ACWI Index. At home, the S&P 500 Index was up 2.1%, bested by the Russell 2000 which gained 6.0%. Most emerging currencies weakened against … Continued