New Models of ‘Intelligent Investing’ for the Post-Crisis Economy

Is the coronavirus accelerating the future? Will the crisis provide a ‘tipping point’ that encourages corporations to promote socially desirable values? Or, will we simply return to business-as-usual once the memory of the crisis fades? When thinking about re-building the economy post-crisis, this article argues that investors need to be encouraged to take ‘intelligent risks’ that focus on stakeholder-oriented listed and non-listed companies. The article considers how changes in accredited investor rules could provide one mechanism for achieving this goal and describes how distributed ledger technology – blockchain and smart contracts – can add a new layer of investor protection if such rules are relaxed.