Manager

Valerie Gardner

About Valerie Gardner

Ms. Gardner earned a JD/MBA and was a co-founder, CFO and General Counsel of two high tech companies. Ms. Gardner co-founded Tiemann Investment Advisors, LLC with Dr. Tiemann in 2002 to pursue investment management advisory work for individuals at an institutional level. Ms. Gardner has identified climate change as a major risk for long term investors and has worked to develop methodologies for managing and reducing the carbon risks of client portfolios.

Consideration of ESG factors can reduce risk and improve return

By |2020-07-30T17:32:08-07:00July 30th, 2020|Business News, Environmental Reporting, ESG Factors, Fiduciary Duty Standards, Financial Health, Labor Law, Money Management, Mutual Funds, Risk Reduction, TIA|

The DOL's proposed Rulemaking on "Financial Factors in Selecting Plan Investments" for ERISA plans is considering amendments to the “Investment duties” regulation under Title I of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, as amended (ERISA), to confirm that ERISA requires plan fiduciaries (i.e. the investment advisors) to select investments and investment courses of action based solely on [...]

Holiday Greetings 2019

By |2020-02-14T14:42:08-07:00December 20th, 2019|TIA|

We want to wish everyone happy holidays and a healthy and prosperous new year and decade. In appreciation of our clients and their long-term hopes for the future, we make a donation each year to an exceptional group doing critical work to benefit others.  This year we have selected the Earth Institute's Climate Science, Awareness and Solutions program, located [...]

Institutional Investors Uniting Against Emissions

By |2019-03-06T23:55:19-07:00March 6th, 2019|Carbon Emissions, Climate Change, Corporate Actions, Cost of Carbon Emissions, Energy, Fiduciary Duty Standards, Institutional Investors, Investment in the future, Shareholder Rights|

Just Twenty Companies Responsible for Half of Power Sector’s Carbon Emissions in the US According to a press release posted by New York City Comptroller Scott M. Stringer, a coalition of some of the largest institutional investors, representing $1.8 trillion in assets, sent a joint letter setting a deadline for 20 of the nation's largest utilities to achieve net-zero carbon. [...]

Investments based on Science Fact, rather than Science Fiction

By |2018-12-20T20:19:11-07:00November 26th, 2018|Carbon Emissions, Climate Change|

By Valerie Gardner Joseph Mariathasan makes an important point in an article published in Investment & Pensions Europe (IPE), called "Nuclear Power - An Update." In it he reflects on the problems associated with exaggerations about the health risks of radiation associated with nuclear energy, as described by Dr. Wade Allison, Oxford University emeritus professor of physics and Anton van der [...]

Taking Stock of Known Risks to Future Returns

By |2018-12-20T20:19:34-07:00October 12th, 2018|Carbon Emissions, Climate Change, Cost of Carbon Emissions, Economic Indicators, Energy, Environmental Reporting, Fossil Fuel Free investing, Future Generations, Preventing Pollution, True expertise|

By Valerie Gardner Since our founding in 2002, we have seen it as our job to help our clients invest prudently in the market, in order to participate in the overall market growth and returns generated by business. We have always known that our clients will do best if we reduce their unnecessary costs and uncompensated risks, while providing [...]

Can you afford to ignore climate change?

By |2018-12-20T20:28:59-07:00September 25th, 2016|Carbon Emissions, Climate Change, Corporate Actions, Divestment from Fossil Fuels, Energy|

By Valerie Gardner BlackRock, an asset manager with over $5 trillion in assets, doesn't think so. According to Ben Moshinsky of Business Insider, BlackRock has issued a report warning investors that "Climate change is going to move a huge amount of money and not enough people are paying attention.1" For a group that holds major investments in various fossil fuel [...]

CEOs and Asset Managers Worried about Climate

By |2018-12-20T20:34:19-07:00June 3rd, 2015|Business News, Carbon Emissions, Climate Change, Divestment from Fossil Fuels, Euro, Fossil Fuel Free investing, Group of Seven, Preventing Pollution, Shareholder Rights|

Is it time to think about how climate change might impact your portfolio?  Apparently, some 120 CEOs and investment managers representing more than $12 trillion in assets think so. They were worried enough to send an open letter on May 25, 2015 to the Group of Seven (G-7) Finance Ministers to urge them to commit to reduce greenhouse gas emissions [...]

An end to “male, pale and stale?”

By |2018-12-20T20:38:31-07:00January 29th, 2015|Business News, Carbon Emissions, Climate Change, Corporate Actions, Energy, Environmental Reporting, Fiduciary Duty Standards, Financial Health, Financial Institutions, Fossil Fuel Free investing, Future Generations, Shareholder Rights|

Despite the well-pronouced and increasingly strident warnings from scientists about the deleterious effects of burning fossil fuels on the environment, there is a surprising amount of "business as usual" going on in corporate America. This makes the news about the way Anne Stausboll, the chief executive of Calpers, addresses climate change all the more impressive. According to an article in [...]

The price of oil is falling and frackers are hurting

By |2018-12-20T20:39:27-07:00January 7th, 2015|Business News, Carbon Emissions, Climate Change, Divestment from Fossil Fuels, Economic Indicators, Preventing Pollution|

The price of oil has fallen by more than 50% since June, 2014 when it was hovering around $110 a barrel. It is now below $50. This comes after nearly five years of relatively steady price growth and supply stability. However, at the November 27th meeting of the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries, which controls nearly 40% of the world [...]

$1 Trillion of Zombie Investments Stranded in the Oil Fields

By |2018-12-20T20:39:53-07:00December 27th, 2014|Analysts, Business News, Commodities, Energy, Environmental Reporting, Financial Institutions|

In mid-December, Goldman Sachs released a report with news that they had calculated the impacts from the large drop in the price of oil, which at that time had dropped 49 percent in less than six months: a stunning $1 trillion in at risk future oil projects. The projects — oil field investment "zombies" — were deemed all but dead [...]