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Taken from the FT 28th Dec 2018 – Jim Brunsden in Brussels Philip Stafford and Caroline Binham in London Despite EU assurances on access to London clearing houses, many concerns remain The financial industry has raised a cheer for the EU’s decision to address a big potential source of instability in a no-deal Brexit: the issue of access to London’s …

by Adrienne Lawler
Dec 28, 2018

BBC 15th December 2018 As Chairman Michal Kurtyka celebrates the overdue end of the conference on Climate Change not only he was in high spirits as all 200 countries reached agreement on going forward. Tellingly, in a statement to wrap the whole thing up, he says “We need greater ambition in the policy to enable …

by Adrienne Lawler
Dec 16, 2018

Transparency is a key theme of this event. So too ethics & stewardship. Maintaining commitment to those ideals can, however, sometimes fall prisoner to the demands of delivering high returns in a low-return environment. Even more so, I would suggest, if you are bold enough to spell out the terms by which your efforts can …

by Adrienne Lawler
Dec 14, 2018

In broad terms, our research reveals a gradual but definite expansion of investment and trading activities by central banks beyond traditional boundaries, which is putting pressure on existing operational infrastructure and driving demand for third-party solutions and services.  Like all institutional investors, central banks have had to adapt to a prevailing low-yield investment environment over …

by Adrienne Lawler
Dec 13, 2018

Says who? The wise owls of Northern Trust, that’s who. In a report published on the 4th Dec, this important Asset Manager offers significant insights and research into the drivers for effective wealth management. The current overarching message appears to be that failure to invest in Infrastructure is a missed opportunity and with a nod …

by Adrienne Lawler
Dec 12, 2018

Of the climate post Brexit, they say: The negotiations may just continue in the background for a long time. In which case, Brexit fatigue may set in among investors, with more emphasis placed on the day-to-day data. If sterling were to hold on to its recent appreciation, then the squeeze on real wages, which depressed …

by Adrienne Lawler
Dec 11, 2018

Sustainability investing has now been around for decades, but in the past year interest has picked up massively. With the growing interest, the amount of stories and opinions on sustainability investing is also growing rapidly. The debate mostly centers around terminology and performance, and there are many hurdles and questions to overcome. Many people – …

by Adrienne Lawler
Dec 10, 2018

While momentum is building among corporate issuers to contribute to the SDGs, we believe overall private sector progress is insufficient to achieve the 2030 Agenda. Many investors would like to allocate more capital to companies best aligned with the SDGs, but existing levels of disclosure make this difficult to do.  A key challenge lies in …

by Adrienne Lawler
Dec 9, 2018

At the risk of nudging everyone into a rendition of the Stevie Wonder song, it was an interesting proposition I read about in an article published today inviting us to question our view of Artificial Intelligence in the future. Published today by Top 1000 Funds; It is clear we are going to have to deal …

by Adrienne Lawler
Dec 8, 2018

20-12-2017 | Insight Robeco Sustainability investing is subject to more myths than any other style of investment. And perhaps the first and foremost is the idea that it means sacrificing performance – giving up returns in pursuit of some sort of perceived ideal. Masja Zandbergen Head of ESG integration Speed read Some think ESG use …

by Adrienne Lawler
Dec 6, 2018