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Sustainable Investing delivers winning stock portfolio over long term

Jacoline Loewen, Sustainable Investing, Vancouver, 2017
In Vancouver, presenting on Sustainable Investing. Bruno Bertocci, MD of the UBS Asset Management Sustainable Equity Investors team flew in from Chicago and lead a spirited discussion. Thank you to the Swiss Consulate for hosting UBS at the official residence of the Swiss Confederation. Great event and thank you to Vancouver. UBS team: Heiko Riese Billy Chin Dave Mason Heather Holden, PhD and a big thank you to Bruno Bertocci

Bruno Bertocci's thesis is that sustainable business practices can be much more than a cost, a good deed, or good public relations for businesses—it can be a source of competitive advantage. In his 35 years in the investment industry, Bruno has experienced that picking sustainable companies for investing does not mean forgoing a higher return.  

Bruno runs the UBS Global Sustainable Fund which brings a way to look at the relationship between business and society that does not treat corporate profits and societal well-being (including sustainability) as just a balancing exercise. It is good business and the consequences mean lowered reputational risk to brand equity, for example. 

United Airlines is experiencing the social consequences of their lack of sustainable corporate culture and their subsequent employee actions which shocked the travelling client base.

Bruno's investing strategy encourages public companies to discover opportunities to benefit society and themselves by strengthening the competitive context in which they operate, to
 determine which CSR or sustainability initiatives they should address, and to find the most effective ways of doing so.

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What is the ROI of Golf?

For me, golf is hard. I only started playing a few years ago, primarily for business, and just when I think I am getting bearable on the golf course, the season ends. When I watch the professionals play - like Annika Sorenstam - they make it look easy. Annika swings her club and her ball goes exactly where she determines it should go. I watch her play to get some tips for myself and dream that my ball could also glide across the green and thunk into the hole. Annika has recently stepped down as #1 top female ranked golf player. Her ROI on golf has been substantial - world class and a huge draw for TV viewers and golf enthusiasts.
Annike has dedicated herself to the game and is an expert. This means her game is predictable and you can be confident she will be the top of her category. Those few feet between my attempts at getting  the ball in the hole and Annike's are actually worth a great deal of money - the ability to win world championships and making an income from playing the sport.
My ROI for golf is a lot of fun, getting out in the sunshine with friends and getting to play with business colleagues who cheerfully put up with my lack of competence.
What is your ROI on Golf?

Should children be taught in school how to become wealthy?

Do you think schools should be teaching their students how to become wealthy? It is a teachable subject, just like driving a car?
Last week, our team visited a high school for Junior Achievement to talk about becoming wealthy which is actually achievable for every teenager who was listening in that classroom. There you have it...everyone who was listening. It was shocking to have rude comments made by the teens to the team.
Yup. Unbelievable. Unless you are a teacher...
Wealth, I believe, starts at home. Attitudes of these smarty pants kids starts at home.
Do you think they will be a client of a financial advisor in a few decades? When they had the privledge of hearing from client advisors who handle millionaires' money, they needed to realize the impact on their future lives. Most of our clients made that money themselves and also were teenagers but often their stories illustrated their dedication to learning.
When I calculate the cost of salaries and bonus of our team, plus their good will and energy put forward, I wonder about the worth of such an outreach program.
What do you think?

Pierre Ouimet and Jacoline Loewen
From our magazine, Unlimited, I read the views on teaching wealth in schools made by Finland's Minister of Education:
Dr Marjo Kyllonen is the Education Manager for Helsinki. Having devised the blueprint for the future of Finland’s school system, she is playing a pivotal role in driving these changes through. She is doing so because she sees the structure and aims of current education systems in the West as increasingly irrelevant and obsolete, relics of an Industrial Age that we started to leave behind a long time ago. She argues that we need to rethink our entire relationship to education to equip future generations with the tools they need to face the challenges to come.

Do you think we should give much priority to teaching children how to become wealthy?
No, I don’t think that’s the role of the school. Of course, we’d like everyone to have a good life and be successful. But the way you’ve put it makes me think of a world where individuals are looking out for themselves – a “me first” culture. My picture of future society is totally different – I think people need to have social responsibility and understand that no one is doing well if there are others in society who are insecure and suffering.
What should our legacy be to future generations?
It’s not only us and our kids, it’s our grandchildren and their children – if we want our little human “club” to survive in the future we really have to think: what is sustainable? And how do we teach that to our kids? Not only ecological sustainability – social sustainability, too.
If you could change one thing about the way politics on Earth works right now, what would that be?
My friend, the former NASA astronaut Ellen Baker, told me that when she was in space, she saw how beautiful our world is. And there are no boundaries. Go far enough away and Earth looks very peaceful, no borders. She said to me that our politicians should go and have a space-trip, to see how beautiful our planet is and make peace.

M&A Fee Guide: Industry Survey Results

Mergers and Acquisitions Fee Guide: Industry Survey Results and Findings.

The most comprehensive study on lower middle market Mergers and Acquisition advisory fees.
M&A Fee Guide: Industry Survey Results and Findings.
Recently, Firmex and Divestopedia partnered to provide transparency into Mergers and Acqisitions  fee structures within North America. Their goal was to research fee structures charged for Mergers and Acquisitions by finance experts.

Currently, no mainstream published data exists that offers both buyers and sellers insights into average cost structures, what’s being charged and why. This survey actually is very much needed to help business owners understand why they need the services of finance experts beyond their accountant and what services the fees support.

If you want to get in touch with the author:

John Carvalho, CA, CBV, CF
Stone Oak Capital Inc.

The survey ran from August through to the middle of October 2016 with 320 responses.