At Vanderbilt Financial Group, we've made a name for ourselves in the industry as "The Sustainable Broker Dealer", one of a very few that is dedicated to making a positive impact on the world. We've built into our systems to leverage technology in an effort to make Vanderbilt a more impactful company and increase our sustainability efforts, whether that's through our solar panels and state-of-the-art utility systems in our LEED Certified Platinum Headquarters in Long Island or through the online, cloud based management systems our advisors employ in their practice everyday.
On Christmas Day 50 years ago, America was a divided nation. It was a tough year of troubled times and assassinations. We lost Martin Luther King, Jr. and Bobby Kennedy, and the Vietnam War was in full swing with massive rampant protests. I can see the parallels between the issues we dealt with during that difficult year of 1968 and today, including moments and opportunities to bring us back together.
The photo above has been making the rounds on TV and social media over the past week, and I too was inspired by this singular image that helped to reunite our nation on that day. “Earth Rise”, taken by astronaut Bill Anders, allowed us to see the Earth and ourselves from a great distance and give space to the challenges that plagued our nation and our world back then. Anders was not a professional photographer and had limited knowledge of film, yet the impact of his ability to capture something so grand and vast stirred our emotions for our fellow humans.
Is it actually possible to create investments that offer impact while at the same time returning market-rate financial returns? We interviewed Gloria Nelund of TriLinc Global, an investment sponsor with the mission of doing exactly that.
If you do a search on Google, you’ll see that I’m known as Tesla’s #1 fan. If you’re curious as to why, or just a lover of the brand as much as I am, then read on to hear why I love Tesla.
Every so often, it’s great to get some motivation from the top. We were honored that our CEO Stephen Distante was able to speak with internationally recognized thought leader Jed Emerson, an impact investing strategic adviser known for his work helping individuals and institutions seeking to leverage the greatest financial, social and environmental impact from their investments. His words give us great insight into the meaning and purpose of capital and how financial advisors can best integrate impact investing into their practice.