Sustainability

Investing and advice is about more than just returns and performance, advisers are able to contribute to the future of the global economy. Covering everything from Environment, Social and Governance consideration, to the growing demand for responsible and sustainable investment opportunities. Expect insights on the big questions being asked around the world and tools to assist in your decision making processes.

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Is it truly sustainable?

“Sustainable” is a trendy word nowadays. It is thrown around in marketing campaigns like a decorative pillow, which looks good, but most of the time feels flat. Companies and brands claim their products are ‘sustainable’ for the buzz and the

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Understanding alternative assets

In an environment of low interest rates and seemingly overvalued sharemarkets, advisers are naturally flocking to alternative asset classes to eke out returns. Yet not all alternative assets are created the same. The COVID-19 sell off and subsequent recovery has

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ESG ratings under scrutiny

In the wake of the pandemic, investors have continued to pile money into variously labelled ESG/sustainable funds. Are they doing what they say?

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Gaps in ESG investing

Most fund managers or asset owners you may question to about ESG have probably stated that they are a signatory of the UN PRI at the very beginning of the conversation. Most likely, this would be mentioned as evidence of their broader commitment to ESG investing.

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Slush funds

Liquidity is said to be the driver of this cycle. No hiding here as central banks provide largesse without restraint, while governments fret about re-election cycles to spew money at any likely voter.

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Social Bonds – a growing asset class that’s packing a positive punch

The broad ESG framework is experiencing a sea change. In the past, governance and environmental issues sparked investor interest, a paradigm COVID-19 is challenging. Although climate change remains a major global issue, rapidly changing economic and financial circumstances induced by COVID-19 have investors focusing more on social issues and societal challenges.

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Economic Outlook: Part 2

Despite being the secondary epicentre of COVID-19 the European experiment may be turning the corner, with unprecedented events finally delivering consensus on fiscal and monetary policy. This is not without pain, with the economy contracting 3.6% in March behind multi-decade record contractions of 5.3% in France and Italy and 5.2% in Spain. The ECB is predicted a 9% contraction in growth for the year.

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Is it truly sustainable?

“Sustainable” is a trendy word nowadays. It is thrown around in marketing campaigns like a decorative pillow, which

More »

ESG ratings under scrutiny

In the wake of the pandemic, investors have continued to pile money into variously labelled ESG/sustainable funds. Are they doing what they say?

More »

Gaps in ESG investing

Most fund managers or asset owners you may question to about ESG have probably stated that they are a signatory of the UN PRI at the very beginning of the conversation. Most likely, this would be mentioned as evidence of their broader commitment to ESG investing.

More »

Slush funds

Liquidity is said to be the driver of this cycle. No hiding here as central banks provide largesse without restraint, while governments fret about re-election cycles to spew money at any likely voter.

More »

Social Bonds – a growing asset class that’s packing a positive punch

The broad ESG framework is experiencing a sea change. In the past, governance and environmental issues sparked investor interest, a paradigm COVID-19 is challenging. Although climate change remains a major global issue, rapidly changing economic and financial circumstances induced by COVID-19 have investors focusing more on social issues and societal challenges.

More »

Economic Outlook: Part 2

Despite being the secondary epicentre of COVID-19 the European experiment may be turning the corner, with unprecedented events finally delivering consensus on fiscal and monetary policy. This is not without pain, with the economy contracting 3.6% in March behind multi-decade record contractions of 5.3% in France and Italy and 5.2% in Spain. The ECB is predicted a 9% contraction in growth for the year.

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