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Investing For Maximum Impact

Today's investors are using their portfolios to change the world—without losing return potential.

Impactonomics® is a broad term that incorporates investing in companies, organizations and funds with the intention of creating not only profit but also environmental and social impact.

Chris Hyzy Chief Investment Officer, Bank of America Global Wealth & Investment Management

IMPACT INVESTING HAS RAPIDLY EVOLVED. When it first came into vogue nearly 30 years ago, the idea was largely met with skepticism. Investments that hinged on values were considered philanthropic gestures practiced by a handful of investors trying to make a statement. Many values-based investors used strategies that depended on avoidance: Effect change by screening out companies and products they saw as negative, such as alcohol or tobacco. But that technique limited investments and created portfolio gaps

Over the last decade, impact investing has reached the next level, partly due to investors' views of our interconnected economy, combined with greater sophistication in tracking and analysis of markets. Investors are helping to drive the era of "conscious consumers," who are shopping at organic stores, buying goods from companies with clear social missions and driving cars that are environmentally friendly.

Understanding Impact Investing

With Chris Hyzy, Chief Investment Officer, Bank of America Global Wealth & Investment Management And Moderator Ron Insana

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MR. INSANA: Impact investing, something that's quite popular with Millennials. It used to be called socially conscious investing or something like that. It's changed form to a certain extent, so what exactly does it mean?

MR. HYZY: We call it Impactonomics® and it's the way to garner and utilize impact investing at the same time of helping the broader community and the economy all at the same time. From that standpoint, it's very different. Social screening, prior years, was about negative screening, taking things out; now it's about positive screening.

Sometime in the very near future the word 'impact investing' will just be 'investing' because at some point it's going to get to a level if you're not doing that, you're not a part of the opportunity set at all. So, our counsel is, is let's do good inside portfolios at the same time we're making the impact outside of a portfolio. Bridge those two concepts together, and for the first time in many, many years you can really do that.


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Chris Hyzy, chief investment officer for Bank of America Global Wealth & Investment Management, discusses how investors can use what he calls Impactonomics® to benefit society at large. 

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