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August 22, 2018

Investing in What We Need: Food/Agriculture

Food is as critical to human survival as water, and sustaining an expanding population will require exponentially more efficient food production and sourcing. The United Nations estimates that the current global population of 7.3 billion people will grow to 9.7 billion by 2050. Life expectancy has also increased significantly among poorer countries and is expected to continue trending upward. What all of this means, of course, is that we have a growing number of mouths to feed. It’s estimated that agricultural productivity will need to rise by at least 60% to meet the needs of the global population by 2050.1 Production in developing countries, where population growth will be highest, will need to nearly double.2 Read more »


August 20, 2018

Alicia Johnston Featured in The Portland Business Journal as 2018 HR Leadership Award Winner

Alicia Johnston was honored at this year’s Portland Business Journal HR Summit and Healthiest Employers of Oregon event as the 2018 HR Leadership Award winner (small company category), and reporter John Chandler interviewed her for the accompanying special publication. Alicia tells the secret to being a great HR director: “Lead with your heart. After all, if you’re not leading with your heart, you shouldn’t be in HR.” Read more »


August 17, 2018

Arnerich Massena Sponsors The Shooting Star Foundation and Helps Raise Over $60,000 for Children with Special Needs

Arnerich Massena was the lead sponsor of the 2nd Annual Shooting Star Foundation Event in Minneapolis. Featuring live entertainment, craft beer, and barbecue at Minneapolis’s Able Brewery, with approximately 175 attendees, the event helped raise funds to provide early-interventional therapy for children with special needs. Read more »


August 15, 2018

Investing in What We Need: Life Sciences

“It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver.” – Gandhi

Humans are encountering a dichotomous situation in which we face both increasing threats to our wellbeing and rapidly emerging opportunities for improving it. Above and beyond the environmental threats mentioned in our unintended consequences blog post, we face additional threats to health through: Read more »


August 13, 2018

Arnerich Massena Sponsors the Clackamas Community College Foundation 25th Annual Corporate Challenge and ParTee on the Green

For 25 years, the Clackamas Community College Foundation has been celebrating the college’s students and instructors with an annual tournament and auction. Arnerich Massena is a proud sponsor of this year’s anniversary Corporate Challenge and ParTee on the Green, which will be held on August 20, 2018. It promises to be an exciting day with a tournament, on-site Nike store, and silent auction. All proceeds go to tuition scholarships, program support, emergency childcare grants, transportation, and text book grants, all to help students stay in college and attain their educational goals. Read more »


August 10, 2018

Major Indexes Add a New Sector to Combat Concentration: Communication Services Coming to the S&P 500

There’s no doubt that Technology stocks have dominated the U.S. large cap equity space. In past posts, we’ve discussed the concentration of the giant FAANG stocks and the fact that large cap equity indexes like the S&P 500 are heavily tilted toward the Technology sector, with tech making up 26% of the S&P 500.1 The industry has recognized the too-heavy tech weighting, and we are about to see a significant change to the sector structure. S&P Dow Jones and MSCI Indexes will be adding a new sector – Communications Services – and moving some of the tech giants, including Alphabet (Google’s parent company), Facebook, and Netflix, into this new sector. The Communications Services sector will replace its previously named counterpart, Telecommunications Services. Read more »


August 8, 2018

The Incredible Shrinking Stock Market: What’s Happening?

“In 1976, the United States had 4,943 firms listed on exchanges. By 2016, it had only 3,627 firms. From 1976 to 2016, the U.S. population increased from 219 million to 324 million, so the U.S. went from 23 listed firms per million inhabitants to 11.” This is the opening salvo of a new report from the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) penned by Professor René Stulz, the Everett D. Reese Chair of Banking and Monetary Economics and director of the Dice Center for Research in Financial Economics at The Ohio State University. In the report, The Shrinking Universe of Public Firms: Facts, Causes, and Consequences, Professor Stulz looks at the shift in public stock markets and its larger impact on the economy. Read more »


August 6, 2018

Investing in What We Need: Resource Efficiency

The downsides of fossil fuels are becoming ever more apparent, as we battle pollution, search for new extraction methods, and worry about declining supply. The potential for alternative energy sources to meet our energy needs in the future is becoming extremely exciting.  Bloomberg New Energy Finance estimates that renewable energy will capture most of the $11.5 trillion that will be invested in new power generation globally by 2050. 1 Read more »


August 3, 2018

Arnerich Massena’s I AM Learning Partnership Wraps Up its Second Annual Free Summer Literacy School

Arnerich Massena’s I AM Learning Partnership, in partnership with local non-profit Reading Results, hosted their second year of summer literacy school, which was a tremendous success! This six-week program was free to 32 first through fourth grade students from Irvington, Sabin, and Boise-Eliot Schools, who were identified and selected for the program because they were not meeting state literacy benchmarks. Read more »