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MetLife gets Affirmative in a win for impact

MetLife’s institutional asset management business has acquired $1.5 billion impact bond manager Affirmative Investment Management (AIM) as it looks to build out its internal sustainability capabilities.

Lachlan Maddock | 31st Aug 2022 | More
Rumble in the bundle: data specialist knocks ESG scores

Shame-based investment strategies yoked to simplistic environmental, social and governance (ESG) scoring systems have come under fire in a new report from UK data analytics firm, Util.

David Chaplin | 19th Aug 2022 | More
  • Negative screening no silver bullet for sin stocks

    If negative screening worked, stocks in the sin bin should have lower firm valuations, higher future stock returns, and delist more often. They don’t.

    Lachlan Maddock | 17th Aug 2022 | More
    ESG gets harder, but hardly impossible

    Recent market moves won’t be the end of ESG, but it’s as good a time as any to remind investors that there’s more to it than exclusion.

    Lachlan Maddock | 20th Jul 2022 | More
  • State Street sees big future in ESG solutions

    The investment arm of State Street has forecast a bonanza ahead for environmental, social and governance (ESG) investment service providers as the sector explodes into the mainstream. In a new report on the phenomenon, State Street Global Advisors says the ESG “solutions space” is likely to expand rapidly in five key areas as investment managers,…

    David Chaplin | 6th Jul 2022 | More
    Don’t get keyed up on BFID – it won’t hurt ESG

    While the best financial interests’ duty (BFID) has seen some super funds think twice about ESG,reconciling ESG and responsible investment with best financial interests’ duty isn’t the hurdle some think. One of the more obtuse changes under Your Future Your Super (YFYS) was the insertion of the word “financial” into “best (financial) interests’ duty”. While…

    Lachlan Maddock | 22nd Jun 2022 | More
    Impact fund rebalances as market wobbles

    Specialist UK-based impact investment firm, WHEB, has upped its fund turnover amid recent market volatility, according to associate portfolio manager, Victoria MacLean. On a whistle-stop tour of Australasia last week, MacLean said the WHEB fund saw a higher level of buys and sells than normal as the manager repositioned the strategy during the first quarter…

    David Chaplin | 17th Jun 2022 | More
    BlackRock backtracks on proxy support

    BlackRock has flagged an ESG-lite agenda ahead of the 2022 corporate proxy-voting season. In a note published last week, the BlackRock Investment Stewardship (BIS) group says the US$10 trillion manager – the world’s largest – will direct its considerable proxy power in favour of fewer shareholder proposals this year as companies face votes on more…

    David Chaplin | 13th May 2022 | More
    ‘We can’t blow up our own mandate’: caution needed on transition  

    The recent surge in demand for fossil fuels doesn’t mean the green energy revolution is dead. But investors need to proceed with caution lest they lose their mandate to manage the transition. There are two schools of thought on what Russia’s invasion of Ukraine means for fossil fuel production and consumption. Either it will hasten…

    Lachlan Maddock | 27th Apr 2022 | More
  • Why greenwashing stains (and won’t wash out)

    Regulators won’t be able to scrub out environmental, social and governance (ESG) ‘greenwashing’ in the investment industry, according to influential US finance academic, Aswath Damodaran. In a blistering attack on the ESG investing sector last month, Damodaran says greenwashing – or falsely marketing funds as sustainable (or the like) – is an indelible feature of…

    David Chaplin | 8th Apr 2022 | More
    ESG and the ‘clash of cultures’

    The cult of the benchmark is alive and well in global financial markets – and it’s probably doing more harm than good when it comes to ESG investing. ESG has leapt from the fringes of the financial services to widespread acceptance in just a handful of years. But markets tend to act as myopic, short-term…

    Lachlan Maddock | 17th Mar 2022 | More
    Fink calls for proxy power to the people

    Larry Fink wants to make capitalism a force for good. A new proxy advice initiative could be one step in the right direction. Stakeholder capitalism is not about politics,” writes BlackRock CEO Larry Fink in his 2022 letter to CEOs. in his  It is not a social or ideological agenda. It is not “woke.” It is…

    Lachlan Maddock | 25th Jan 2022 | More
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