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As Millennials approach middle age, they’re facing the same challenges as the generations that came before them, but they’re approaching them differently. As they look to their future, they’re finding their own footing amid new responsibilities and opportunities, and are ultimately discovering their own truths about money and investing. SamplingContinue…

How water issues are stranding assets?

Water risk factors are already stranding assets throughout the coal, electric utilities, metals & mining, and oil & gas sectors. Water security is no longer a small, plant-level operational issue for companies, but has become a strategic question for senior management. The research – High & Dry : How waterContinue…

How do ESG factors impact valuation in the Tech sector?

A multitude of studies have sought to prove that environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors have a significant impact upon stock price returns, but few have focused on valuation. Results have been particularly mixed for some of the strongest-performing regions, notably the US. Previous studies have shown less convincing correlationsContinue…

How Norway can fulfil its COP26 Sovereign Fund promise?

At COP26, Jonas Gahr Støre, Norway’s prime minister, committed the country’s $1.4tn sovereign fund, the world’s largest, to becoming the leading fund in the management of climate risk and responsible investment. In its recently published white paper on the fund, Norway’s ministry of finance endorses the first part of this commitment, on managing climateContinue…

Low Carbon and High Liquidity for Bond Investors?

As corporate-bond investors embrace decarbonization as a goal in portfolio construction and management and benchmark selection, the question arises whether decarbonization targets are at odds with other desirable index attributes, such as liquidity. That is, if their selected index excluded less liquid bonds, would that have hurt the index’s emissionContinue…

sustainability disclosures for standardised securisations

The European Supervisory Authorities (EBA, EIOPA and ESMA) published a Consultation Paper seeking input from the financial actors on draft Regulatory Technical Standards (RTS). The draft RTS is specifying the content, methodologies and presentation of information in respect of sustainability indicators in relation to adverse impacts on the climate and otherContinue…

shift from institutional investor and sovereign wealth fund

State Street Corporation and the International Forum of Sovereign Wealth Funds (IFSWF), a global network of sovereign wealth funds from 40 countries, released a new report revealing a major shift by large institutional investors towards assets and markets considered to be less risky. Post-pandemic shift from institutional investor and sovereign wealth fundContinue…

Implications for financial stakeholders underlaying in IPCC report

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) recently released the third and final part of its sixth assessment report, Climate Change 2022: Mitigation of Climate Change. The report’s findings have significant implications for financial stakeholders, both in terms of the real risk of stranded assets (which stop providing financial returns  beforeContinue…