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Why a Winning $6B Value Fund Likes UPS, Walmart, and Home Depot Stock

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Jeff Kripke manages the the $6 billion Pioneer Fund.


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Nearly a century before the idea of socially responsible investing took root, Pioneer Investments founder Phil Carret espoused the importance of investing in “good” companies, which at the time meant avoiding tobacco, alcohol, and gambling stocks. 

Today, sustainable investing has evolved to include a range of environmental, social, and governance factors—and the importance of investing with an ESG lens carries even greater weight in the digital age. “Companies spend billions of dollars building their brands, and all of that can go away when bad news goes viral,” says Jeff Kripke, the lead manager of the $6 billion

Pioneer Fund

(ticker: PIODX).

Kripke, 53, took the helm of Pioneer’s 92-year-old flagship portfolio in 2015 and updated its investment approach—reducing the number of holdings by more than half, to a recent 45, and making ESG factors a

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‘Complete streets’ plan to revitalize downtown Hicksville needs $22M to fund improvements

Downtown Hicksville’s chaotic jumble of roads and walkways is set for a $22 million pedestrian and bicycle-friendly makeover — if the funding can be secured.

Nassau County last week released its “complete streets” plan for the area around the Hicksville Long Island Rail Road station that is poised for revitalization.

“When you’re adding apartments or for housing or any kind of development at all you want to make sure that … you can accommodate any increased population or traffic, and you also want to look at how you can make things safer,” Nassau County Executive Laura Curran said in an interview. “You also want to look at how to make it more attractive.”

The complete streets report recommends adding 1.75 miles of bike lanes, new street crossings for commuters, extending sidewalk curbs to shorten the distance to cross streets, building median islands at wide intersections, making sidewalks and curb ramps

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Monument trustees approve $22 million financing plan to fund water system improvements | Thetribune

MONUMENT • The Monument Board of Trustees has authorized a major move to fund water improvement projects over the next three years.

At the board’s Sept. 21 meeting, they heard recommendations from town staff and special legal counsel regarding the potential for using the sale of revenue bonds to fund major improvements to its water system over the coming years.

However, instead of revenue bonds, it was recommended Monument create an ordinance to enter a site lease agreement and lease purchase agreement to market Certificates of Participation (COPs) — an alternate form of financing.

Town attorney Andrew Richey presented the finer details of the agreement, with bond counsel provided by Nate Eckloff of Piper Sandler and Kimberly Crawford of Butler Snow Law Firm. Both counsels recommended the certificates to help maximize the town’s budgetary flexibility in financing the water projects.

Presently, the town has a 2A water fund and an

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Cleveland gets $10.8 million loan to fund more sewer improvements

Ongoing sewer improvements in Cleveland, Tennessee, got a $10.8 million boost this week from a state loan.

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee and Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation Commissioner David Salyers announced the loan this past week. It comes from the Clean Water State Revolving Fund Loan Program and is aimed at infiltration and inflow corrections within Cleveland’s sewer collection system, officials said.

The loan has a 20-year term at 0.73% interest. Greg Clark, Cleveland Utilities’ manager of wastewater collections, said that rate was less than half the rate the city got on another $10 million program loan in 2018.

“Typically what we’ve done is, we get a $10 million loan and inside of that we’ll typically perform three rehabilitation projects with that money,” Clark said Thursday. “Each year we’ll bid a contract somewhere in the vicinity of $3 million to $3.5 million, just depending on how the work plays

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A Roth IRA may help fund your home purchase. Here are the pros and cons

  • Your direct contributions to a Roth IRA can be withdrawn at any time for any reason.
  • If you meet certain requirements, you can also use up to $10,000 in earnings toward the purchase of a home without facing taxes or penalties.
  • While home prices continue climbing, the cost of borrowing is relatively cheap due to historically low interest rates.



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You probably know a Roth individual retirement account is one way to save for your post-working years. 

It also may come in handy for certain homebuyers.

Basically, up to $10,000 in Roth IRA earnings can be withdrawn — free of both taxes and penalty — for a home purchase if you meet certain requirements. That’s in addition to being allowed to withdraw your direct contributions at any time, because you already paid taxes on that money.

As home prices continue their upward trajectory, the amount of

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Amory aldermen approve resolutions to fund utility improvements | News

AMORY – The board of aldermen approved documents Sept. 15 presented by city attorney Sam Griffie setting the stage for raising funds through a bond for utilities work throughout Amory.

City utilities manager Mike King said after the meeting the City of Amory Electric Department is planning upgrades to the Mary Haughton and Billie Wright substations to improve electrical reliability and capacity for the entire city’s electrical system.

He continued by stating the improvements will also eliminate the 1960s-era Industrial Drive substation located alongside Puckett Drive. The entire project is anticipated to be completed within two-and-a-half years.

The improvements are to be financed through a revenue bond. The bond will be paid for with electric department revenue and will have a very minor rate impact dependent on the final amount of the bond.

Griffie’s first request was for approval of a bond engagement resolution to employ the firms of Butler

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Countryside improvements fund ‘could be raided’

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In the UK, wheat is the largest arable crop

A budget designed to fund improvements to Britain’s countryside is set to be raided, the BBC has learned.

Cash will be diverted away from ambitious conservation projects and towards protecting farm businesses.

The government previously promised that the £3bn currently paid to farms under EU agriculture policy would be wholly used to support the environment.

Ministers had said that, after Brexit, farmers would have to earn their subsidies.

Farmers would secure the case by undertaking actions such as large-scale forestry or catching flood waters.

But many farmers complained that they’d go bust unless the environmental actions were made easier to achieve.

The existing budget to fund ambitious countryside improvements, from which cash will be diverted, is called the Environmental Land Management Scheme (ELMS).

  • The long-running debate over greening the land

But ministers are drawing up a parallel grants scheme

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