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Koen The, CEO

I would like to use my skills from various investment banks in London to give children in poor countries a better future. By investing sustainably, you improve the future of many but also of yourself. Previously with Goldman Sachs and Barclays.

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How Do You Make a Boring Investment More Sexy?

May 28, 2018 11:33:19 AM / by Koen The, CEO posted in investing, social impact, impact investing

Usually, for most people, the words interest rate, loan, or investment don't come up within the first 5 minutes of a first date. If they do, you could be in for a bit of a boring evening (unless of course, you're on a date with Warren Buffet).

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Some Right-Wingers Hug Trees Too

May 11, 2018 1:07:48 PM / by Koen The, CEO posted in social impact, impact investing

There were times when it was easy to draw a line between left-wing and right-wing stances. Nowadays, the division is not as clear. Geert Wilders, for example, wants fewer Moroccans in the Netherlands, but at the same time he wants to make health insurance cheaper for people who can barely afford it. And what about the left-wing; does it still consist of hard working laborers or is it now owned by the new deep-pocketed elite?

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Managing Risk in Social Impact Investing

Mar 20, 2018 11:17:07 AM / by Koen The, CEO posted in crowdfunding, investing, impact investing

At Lendahand, people can invest in our local partners (banks and non-banking financial institutions) or directly to entrepreneurs through crowdfunding. These investments have interest rates of approximately 2.5 to 8 percent annually. As you can see, this is quite a difference. The higher the interest, the higher the price that needs to be paid. But the price of what, exactly?

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The Most Powerful Force in the Universe (and it's probably not what you think)

Mar 12, 2018 12:24:30 PM / by Koen The, CEO posted in lendahand, investing

Recently I asked the following question in the office: assume you are really strong, you tear a phonebook in half and stack the two halves on top of each other. You tear the stack and put the new parts on top of each other again. Once more, you tear and stack. You get the idea. Now the question was: how many times should you repeat this process in order to be able to jump off the stack onto the moon? My colleague’s answers ranged from 5,000 to 1,000,000 times. Before reading on, how many times do you think you would need to tear and stack the phonebook?

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What Types of Returns Do I Get from Social Impact Investing?

Mar 12, 2018 10:58:36 AM / by Koen The, CEO posted in impact investing

Social impact investing can provide a range of returns, depending on the type of investment. Some online platforms offer equity-based investments and some operate on a lending based model, but these models can vary depending upon the types of businesses they work with.

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