For all its faults, we may look back at 2016 as the year that impact investing was democratized. Once the exclusive domain of wealthy individuals and institutions, impact investing is now within reach of any American with $100 to invest—thanks to the passage of the JOBS Act and new investment vehicles like those offered by American Homeowner Preservation, StreetShares and new, easy to set up self-directed IRAs.
So what lies ahead for impact investing in 2017? We asked some of our favorite impact investing mavens—or, should we say, social change investing mavens?
“The time is now to align our money with our values, and to invest into the world we want to see and be a part of. Many more people will be waking up to their own and become conscious of their money, knowing that the bank they use and their 401(k) are all having an impact on our world. They will continue to vote with their dollars, choosing local businesses and solutions-focused companies with diverse leadership teams.
2017 will present great opportunities for investors as well as for product creators, and we will need to be careful for ‘green washing’ when it comes to choosing investment vehicles.”[..]
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