Impact Investing & ESG
As the tide pulls some chief investment officers and asset owners toward improving corporate ESG practices, there is strong evidence that ESG investing is now rewarded, especially in the Eurozone, according to a recent Amundi SA study.
When I talk to people outside this field [impact investing], there’s still a widespread perception that philanthropy and impact investing is a preserve of the rich; that most people don’t have the luxury of being able to invest for impact.
Two European regulators, the European Securities Markets Authority and the European Commission, asked money managers in December to share their views on how to incorporate ESG factors into their processes in three European regulations.
There’s an opportunity this year to reshape what finance looks like – as long as that world is willing to ask itself some difficult questions, writes Daniel Madhavan, CEO of Impact Investment Group.
Protest movements have elevated the profile of ESG investing to the point that financial advisors who dismiss its significance could miss out on attracting new clients as well as juicy returns for their existing clients’ portfolios.
More and more, individuals and communities are placing heightened awareness on being environmentally conscious, whether that is through Earth Day events or beach cleanup days. These activities not only have a positive impact on the environment but also socially — who doesn’t enjoy a clean, green environment?
Using ESG scores to measure investment worthiness of a company is a good start, but advisors have to go deeper to see the real picture.
ESG investing is one of the hottest trends on Wall and Bay Street, and no, it’s not just some fad that will die out like Bitcoin did last year. This may surprise you, but how environmentally or socially responsible a company acts could actually add intangible value that’ll ultimately be reflected in the stock price.
Environmental, social and governance (ESG) topics have never been more prominent in investors’ minds than they are today. But there’s considerable variation among investment managers about how ESG is considered or integrated.
United States & Europe
Britain leaving the EU could hit least-developed countries hard, with Cambodia most affected, report finds.
While the performance in any given year is uncertain, emerging markets appear poised for out performance over the next 5-10 years.
The following is a roundup of emerging-markets news and highlights for the week ending Feb. 8.
This year’s flagship report is themed: “Regional Integration for Africa’s Economic Prosperity.”
Over 84 million people are set to vote on February 16 to elect the next president in Africa’s largest democracy.
South African President Cyril Ramaphosa says the country’s mining sector will be crucial to reversing sluggish economic growth and high unemployment.
Southeast Asia is bucking the global trend of falling direct foreign investment, as the low-cost fast-growing region solidifies its position as an attractive location for multinationals.
Indonesia’s economy grew faster than economists expected last quarter, showing resilience in the face of a series of interest-rate hikes and weaker global demand.
Malaysia has fallen one spot to the 24th place out of 50 economies analyzed by the US Chamber of Commerce’s Global Innovation Policy Centre, which looks at unique indicators that are critical to an innovation-led economy.
The ultra-tight monetary policy that Argentine authorities adopted amid last year’s currency crisis has yielded results and given a big boost to the peso, although economists see potential trouble on the horizon ahead of the October 2019 general election.
Brazil’s central bank will keep its benchmark interest rate anchored at a record low later this week, and probably keep it there for the rest of this year, according to a Reuters poll of economists.
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