As the coronavirus situation evolves rapidly, it is important to be vigilant. In the last few days there has been a profound shift in the development of COVID-19. We are entering a new phase in which the window of opportunity to contain the virus globally is narrowing. As a result, we now believe that a V-shaped recovery is an upside case and our base case is more of a U-shaped scenario. This base case factors in a potentially longer market impact from containment efforts known as social distancing, which includes business and factory closures and travel restrictions that would result in supply chain disruptions.
Diversity and Inclusion Framework
Over the past several years, Athena Capital has dug deep into the research focused on gender lens investing. As a woman-led firm inspired by our clients’ integration of social values into their investment portfolios, our firm has developed policy statements, model portfolios, and published thought pieces dedicated to this topic. As our research unfolds, it has led us to focus on the broader subject and intersectionality of diversity, equity, and inclusion. In this report, we explore correlations between diverse workforces and financial performance, and also share best practices and applications within our own firm.
Investing in Climate Change Mitigation
This landscape review by Athena’s impact investing team presents the opportunity to examine the effects of climate change and considers options for investing in ways that may effect positive change. It focuses on opportunities to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from sources in the United States, one of the leading contributors to rising concentrations of such gases in the atmosphere. It is also largely about carbon dioxide since that gas accounts for the greatest share of the country’s total emissions.