US Financial Regulators Balk at Examining Complex Finance

The main US regulator for complex finance — the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) — intentionally got many basic features of a complex type of derivative contract exceptionally wrong in its recent No-Action Letter from late October of last year on margin requirements for swaps used by “special purpose vehicles.”

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Liz Umlas speaks on Transformative Organizing panel

The conference, aimed at both academics and practitioners in the field of business and human rights, explored tools, strategies and examples of engagement. Umlas spoke on a panel entitled “Transformative Organizing,” which looked at innovative ways in which workers (through trade unions, worker centers and NGO allies) are organizing to address rights violations in the workplace.

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Croatan Institute Releases New White Paper on Investing in Sustainable Food and Agriculture

A group of investors released a new white paper, Impact Investing in Sustainable Food and Agriculture across Asset Classes: Financing Resilient Value Chains through Total Portfolio Activation.  The paper was prepared by Croatan Institute with the guidance and close collaboration of Iroquois Valley Farms, the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA), Organic Agriculture Revitalization Strategy (OARS), RSF Social Finance, Root Capital, and Trillium Asset Management. 

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