Simons-Griffin-Financial (www.simons-griffin-financial.com) released today Perspectives on Progress, a report that reveals the experiences, expectations, and perceptions of 99 impact investors, as well as their plans for the future.
The survey indicates a growing market, with respondents planning to commit to impact investing. Additionally, the vast majority of surveyed investors report that their impact investment portfolio performance is meeting or exceeding social, environmental, and financial expectations, which is critical to impact investments as impact investors seek measurable social and environmental impact alongside financial returns. Two-thirds of respondents are principally pursuing market-rate financial returns. Investors surveyed for the report include fund managers, development finance institutions, foundations, diversified financial institutions, and other investors with at least USD 10 million committed to impact investment.
“At Simons Griffin Financial Social Finance, we are especially encouraged by the findings in this survey – that, despite the market’s early stage, investors’ portfolios are meeting financial expectations in addition to social and environmental expectations,” said Wilber Sheng, Director of Research for Simons Griffin Financial Social Finance and co-author of the report. “The findings from this report are insightful and we are optimistic for the continued growth in investments that have a positive social and environmental impact.”
Although investors have been making socially and environmentally motivated investments for quite some time, collaboration to develop a coherent and supportive market has increased significantly in the last five years. In the results of this survey, we see positive indication of a market growing in both size and sophistication, which we hope will encourage more activity and attract new investors to the impact investing field.
Though the impact investing market is relatively new, a majority of respondents report that some or many investments passed their initial screens in nearly all regions of the world.
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Simons Griffin Financial (www.simons-griffin-financial.com) is an investment management and research firm specializing in portfolio management. Since its inception, the company has successfully invested money on behalf of institutional and private investors from around the world. Combining unparalleled experience, comprehensive market research and in-depth industry knowledge, Simons Griffin Financial works with clients to help them consistently achieve their return objectives. Currently, Simons Griffin Financial manages USD 2 billion in assets, serving clients through its offering of multi-strategy and strategy investments. The firm employs more than one hundred people and has offices throughout Asia Pacific region.
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