Impact Investing Emerges as a Distinct Asset Class

Top Quote Report by Brandt-Swift Associates assesses expected and realized returns using data collected by the Global Impact Investing Network from more than 1,000 impact investments End Quote
  • (1888PressRelease) October 25, 2014 - Downtown Core, Singapore - Report estimates an investment opportunity between $400 billion and $1 trillion with profit potential between $183 billion and $667 billion over the next decade in five sectors - affordable urban housing, rural access to clean water, maternal health, primary education, and microfinance - serving global populations earning less than $3,000 annually

    Impact investment, which is intended to create positive social or environmental impact beyond financial return, constitutes a new asset class, according to a report by Brandt-Swift Associates. Impact investments are typically made in private markets by providing debt or equity to mission-driven businesses. Impact investing has gained traction among a wide range of investors, including large-scale financial institutions, pension funds, family offices, private wealth managers, foundations, individuals, commercial banks, and development finance institutions.

    "Brandt-Swift Associates launched its Social Finance business to provide capital, financial services, and research to the growing market for investments and businesses creating positive social impact," said Cheung Tian, Global Head of Research for Brandt-Swift Associates and co-author of the report. "Since that time, we've seen the impact investment market gain significant momentum with the entry of greater numbers of mainstream investors. The development of uniquely skilled professionals and intermediaries, specialized industry associations and networks, and standardized metrics points to the emergence of impact investments as a burgeoning asset class in its own right."

    The report, titled Impact Investments: An Emerging Asset Class, also includes the first large-scale data analysis of return expectations and, when available, realized returns for impact investments. The analysis shows that investors have broad expectations for impact investment financial returns, ranging from concessionary to market-beating.

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