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Affirmative Impact October 2018

on Oct 23, 2018 11:34:16 AM By | First Affirmative | 0 Comments | Affirmative Impact
The UN Sustainable Development Goals: Targets for Positive Impact By James Griffitts Download the PDF On September 25th, 2015, all 193 member states of the United Nations adopted a set of 17 goals aiming to “end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all as part of a new sustainable development agenda,” to be met by 2030. Building on the successes and aspirations of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) laid down in 2000, the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) aim to surpass them through a more comprehensive set of goals and a concerted effort to include all stakeholders in the solutions: The MDGs were aimed primarily at governments, whereas the SDGs are a call to action for international institutions, governments, individuals, and public and private organizations at every level.
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Economic Commentary October 2018

on Oct 23, 2018 11:02:36 AM By | First Affirmative | 0 Comments | Economic Commentary
One for the Record Books By Mel Miller, CFA® | Chief Economist Download PDF In spite of growing trade war tensions, especially with China, one would not expect a robust economic showing during the third quarter. Yet the economy continues the expansion that began in 2009. In fact, I want to highlight a couple of records that were broken in the third quarter.
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Market Commentary October 2018

on Oct 23, 2018 10:23:53 AM By | First Affirmative | 0 Comments | Market Commentary
Also In this Issue: Quarterly Performance Benchmarks Download PDF It's the Earnings... By Theresa Gusman U.S. equities surged 7.71% in the third quarter as earnings remained strong. The MSCI KLD 400 Social Index underperformed this quarter, but continued to track the broader market this year. U.S. interest rates and the dollar continued higher, along with the economy. Non-U.S. equities showed signs of life, as both emerging and developed markets advanced.
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Affirmative Impact Q3 2018

on Jul 1, 2018 2:53:00 PM By | First Affirmative | 0 Comments | Affirmative Impact
Can 43 Shares Make a Difference? YES! By Holly Testa Download the PDF The issue: The retail sale of products containing methylene chloride and N-Methyl-2-pyrrolidone (NMP). Commonly found in paint strippers, these chemicals have been linked to dozens of deaths by asphyxiation and heart attack, and are suspected carcinogens. In spite of the serious hazards presented, these chemicals are still widely available at many retailers, including Lowe’s. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed a ban of these two chemicals from retail shelves in January 2017, but implementation has been delayed. The non-profit partner: Mind the Store, a campaign of Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families.
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Economic Commentary Q3 2018

on Jul 1, 2018 1:18:00 PM By | First Affirmative | 0 Comments | Economic Commentary
The Geo-Political Winds of Change are Blowing By Mel Miller, CFA® | Chief Economist Download PDF In my first quarter Economic Commentary, I stated, “The actions taken the first quarter by the President pose the greatest long-term risk to the economy of any decisions in my lifetime.” Specifically, I shared my concern about the newly enacted tax reform bill, which will add $1.5 trillion to the national debt and the imposition of 25% tariffs on imported steel and 10% on aluminum ran the risk of a full-blown trade war.
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Market Commentary Q3 2018

on Jul 1, 2018 12:15:00 PM By | First Affirmative | 0 Comments | Market Commentary
Also In this Issue: Quarterly Performance Benchmarks | The Smartest Guys in the Room Download PDF As Good As It Gets By Theresa Gusman Following a brief first quarter hiatus, the US equity market resumed climbing a wall of worry in the second quarter. International markets did not follow suit, with significant losses in emerging markets. As we look toward the second half and 2019, the outlook for global equities is clouded by decelerating economic and earnings growth, rising inflation and interest rates, higher oil prices, and trade headwinds.
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Shareowner Advocacy and Impact Q2 2018

on Apr 1, 2018 11:27:00 AM By | First Affirmative | 0 Comments | Shareowner Advocacy and Impact
Shareowner Advocacy and Impact – Spring 2018
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Affirmative Impact Q2 2018

on Apr 1, 2018 11:18:00 AM By | First Affirmative | 0 Comments | Affirmative Impact
Affirmative Impact - Spring 2018
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Economic Commentary Q2 2018

on Apr 1, 2018 11:13:00 AM By | First Affirmative | 0 Comments | Economic Commentary
Economic Commentary – April 2018
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Market Commentary Q2 2018

on Apr 1, 2018 11:11:00 AM By | First Affirmative | 0 Comments | Market Commentary
Market Commentary - April 2018
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