Can Your Portfolio Make an Impact and a Profit?

November 11, 2021
An explosion of investor interest in environmental, social, and governance factors has companies and regulators scrambling to strike the right balance.

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Those looking to invest in companies whose values align with theirs when it comes to environmental, social, and governance factors, known as ESG, are working toward a dual bottom line: They are seeking positive results for the causes they support and positive returns for their portfolios. Michael Iachini, managing director and head of manager research at Charles Schwab Investment Advisory, joins Mike Townsend to discuss the state of ESG investing, whether investors can make a profit while also supporting causes they believe in, how to determine whether a company truly shares your values, and what steps Washington is taking to develop standards and ensure they are met. 

Mike also recaps the passage of the infrastructure bill, considers the timing for passing the Build Back Better bill, and looks at the growth of stablecoins, their risks, and Congress's interest in taking the first steps toward a cohesive regulatory environment for cryptocurrencies.

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