Impact Investing & ESG
Three impact fund managers break it down during a live panel at Liquidnet’s New York office
Jean Case, the chief executive of the Case Foundation, is a leader in impact investing, a movement that aims to force social change by minimizing or eliminating investors’ exposure to companies that harm the world and achieve a solid return.
One of the fast-growing parts of sustainable investing is so-called gender-lens investing, which integrates gender-based factors, either to improve returns or to promote more gender equality. There have been a number of investment product introductions around the world recently; expect more.
Pioneers such as the Environment Agency Pension Fund or mastertrust Nest will have devoted the most time to thinking about ESG, but regulatory pressure is ramping up and could soon force more schemes to do likewise.
Environmental, social and governance-focused funds investing outside the U.S. have fared significantly better than their U.S. counterparts. Three- and five-year alpha numbers for the ex-U.S. cohort were 1.42% and 1.51%, respectively, while U.S. ESG funds struggled to outperform their targets.
Nomura Holdings has established a research group to focus on the sustainable development of the bond market adhering to environmental, social and governance (ESG) standards.
Spoiler alert: China’s market-based system pays farmers and households more than $5 billion per year to reduce deforestation.
Convergence design grants help fund managers mobilize private capital with public and philanthropic funding.
The business case for financial inclusion is clear. Capturing the opportunity is less so..
United States & Europe
Annual exports to what Standard calls the Emerging 7 (China, India, Pakistan, Nigeria, Bangladesh, Vietnam and Indonesia) are currently worth £24bn.
Its projected growth in 2018, between 8.3 and 8.9 percent, might outpace even India, with its booming tech sector, and Ethiopia, which over the last decade has been one of Africa’s fastest-growing economies thanks to expanding agricultural production and coffee exports.
The OECD’s latest Interim Economic Outlook has revised South Africa’s growth rate expectations for 2018 and 2019 upward, on the back of positive sentiment around the economy and changes to the political landscape.
A nascent global recovery is improving prospects across Latin America and the Caribbean—albeit unevenly.
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