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Q3 / 18 Impact Investing Digest

Wetherby is pleased to share our Impact Investing Digest for the third quarter of 2018. This quarter’s digest features a longer article which highlights the pitfalls of relying solely on ESG ratings and advocates the use of scores as just one input into a deeper analysis. In addition, this edition includes several reports with data on the latest trends and approaches and attitudes toward impact investing. Please feel free to reach out to your Wetherby team if you have any questions or are interested in learning more.

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Wetherby Asset Management Now Certified Green!

We are proud to announce that Wetherby Asset Management is now a certified San Francisco Green Business, joining over 300 local businesses in instituting best-in-class sustainability practices and supporting a greener economy.

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Announcing Wetherby’s New Director of Estate Planning, Brandon Smith

It is with great pleasure that we welcome Brandon Smith to Wetherby Asset Management. As Director of Estate Planning, Brandon works alongside our client service team to support our clients with their estate planning needs. His addition to the team adds considerable strength and depth to our existing estate planning and tax expertise, notably in the areas of equity compensation, intergenerational wealth transfer and charitable planning.

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Q2 / 18 Newsletter

Markets: The U.S. economy continues exhibiting strong economic fundamentals and corporate earnings growth, although it remains to be seen how sustainable such growth is. Despite attractive valuations and earnings growth expectations, the mixed performance of international markets during the second quarter has caused investors to begin questioning the resilience of the synchronized global growth story that has persisted over the last several quarters. We see increasing evidence of a global tug of war between economic and market tailwinds and headwinds, particularly as trade war concerns continue increasing. In this type of environment, we emphasize the importance of appropriately broad diversification and disciplined rebalancing of portfolios. We are maintaining our focus on a long-term investment horizon, taking moderate levels of well diversified risk, and are positioned to take advantage of near-term momentum driven weakness.

Impact Update: Wetherby successfully completed the re-certification process for our status as a Certified B Corporation® (or B Corp) in May 2018, demonstrating our ongoing commitment to upholding and promoting higher social, environmental and governance standards in our business. In June, we released our inaugural Annual Impact Report, which reflects on the achievements of our clients, our team and our community in 2017. You can find a copy of the report below.

Financial Planning: The financial planning section discusses homeowners insurance. From wildfire to flood to hurricane, damage from an extreme weather event seems to be a fixture in the news. While homeowners insurance can mitigate the financial burden of a loss to your home and personal property, many homeowners have discovered the hard way that their homeowners insurance fell short in several key areas. The article reviews five key areas of homeowners insurance: Dwelling Limit, Improvements in Building Code, Water Backup, Flood and Earthquake.

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Q2 / 18 Impact Investing Digest

Wetherby is pleased to share our Impact Investing Digest for the second quarter of 2018. Several articles this quarter highlight the efforts of large corporations to combat climate change by purchasing renewable power and carbon offsets and to reduce waste by phasing out plastic straws and other single-use packaging. In addition, this edition includes links to a Special Report on Sustainable Investing encompassing a range of impact investing-related topics published by Barron’s in June. Please feel free to reach out to your Wetherby team if you have any questions or are interested in learning more.

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