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Why and How Investors Can Respond to Income Inequality

The widening income inequality gap is one of the most pressing challenges the world faces today, with ending poverty a key theme throughout the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and an issue we all have a role in addressing. The World Economic Forum believes that widening inequality has “contributed to political polarization and erosion of social cohesion in many advanced and emerging economies,” and looking at the current state of play that is certainly the case. Although millions of people the world over have been lifted out of poverty over the past 50 years, income inequality within countries is now growing at an alarming rate, in both developed and developing countries. Institutional

Income inequality a global threat

The widening inequality gap is one of the most pressing challenges facing investors today. The rise of populist politicians, trade wars and the trend toward isolationism and protectionism that dominate daily news headlines are all signs of the stresses and strains of broad wealth and income inequality around the world. And unfortunately, the problem continues to worsen, with income inequality within both developed and developing countries now growing at an alarming rate. Currently, the world’s richest 10 per cent earn up to 40 per cent of total global income. In comparison, the poorest 10 per cent earn only between 2 and 7 per cent of total income. Of the increase in global income between 19

Investor Profile: Raquel Palmer

Raquel Palmer is a Managing Partner of KPS Capital Partners, LP, Chairperson of its Investment Committee and member of its Management Committee. KPS Capital Partners, LP is the manager of KPS Special Situations Funds, a family of private equity funds with approximately $5.4 billion of assets under management focused on making controlling equity investments in manufacturing and industrial companies across a diverse array of industries, including basic materials, branded consumer, healthcare and luxury products, automotive parts, capital equipment and general manufacturing. Ms. Palmer and the Partners of KPS have successfully developed and executed a proprietary investment strategy of creatin

BlackRock Real Assets sells operating portfolio of Canadian solar plants to Ullico Inc.

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--BlackRock Real Assets (“BlackRock”) has reached an agreement with Ullico Inc. (“Ullico”) on the sale of a portfolio of four operating solar projects (the “Portfolio”) in Ontario, Canada. This marks the third successful realization for BlackRock’s Renewable Power platform and offers Ullico an attractive, long-term contracted solar portfolio in the Canadian renewable power market. “The transaction with BlackRock contributes high-quality assets to our portfolio and provides predictable cash yield underpinned by strong off-take contracts” BlackRock acquired, financed and oversaw construction of the Portfolio over an 18 month period. The solar farms provide attractive,

Major Energy Storage Consolidation: C&D Technologies Acquires Trojan Battery

When two battery companies with almost 100-year histories combine, the result is one huge battery player, ready to meet the growing demand for energy storage solutions. That’s the idea at least behind Trojan Battery Company’s announcement last week that it is being acquired by C&D Technologies. California-based Trojan was founded in 1925 by the Godber family, which owns a minority stake in the business today. The majority of the business is held by an affiliate of Charlesbank Capital Partners. After the acquisition is complete, in about 60 days, the entire company will be owned by C&D Technologies, which itself is a portfolio company of KPS Capital Partners. Pennsylvania-based C&D was found

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