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Falling biodiversity means rising financial risk: Allspring

Biodiversity is under rising threat around the world, with potentially disastrous economic and social consequences, while water-related risks are likely to strain insurers and government budgets.

Staff Writer | 25th Jan 2024 | More
More demand, more demanding: What big funds really want from their ESG managers

Last year’s savage selloff hit ESG strategies hardest, but it hasn’t hit the appetite from big institutions. Their tastes have just become more discerning, with more stringent criteria for external manager selection.

Lachlan Maddock | 1st Dec 2023 | More
  • Institutional investors weigh climate investing trade-offs

    The use of climate-related investment practices is seeing a sharp fall among the global institutional investor set, while more than half of them are worried about achieving the best returns while delivering emissions reductions targets.

    Staff Writer | 24th Nov 2023 | More
    Expect less, exclude more: Stern issues ESG warning  

    Environmental, social and governance (ESG) funds should forget fiduciary duty, dump ratings and adopt extreme exclusions in a radical revamp of the investment overlay proposed in a US academic paper.

    David Chaplin | 17th Nov 2023 | More
  • ‘You can’t learn to swim without jumping in’: Rest’s impact ambitions

    From little things big things grow, and the $75 billion industry fund hopes the impact investment commitments it and other funds have made will expand beyond their initial targets in the same way renewables did.

    Lachlan Maddock | 15th Nov 2023 | More
    Why this ‘super commodity’ is ready for instos

    The growing scale of the carbon credit market – and the fact that the next stage of emissions abatement isn’t going to be as simple as the last – means that more institutional attention is warranted, according to Apostle. Just watch out for the volatility.

    Lachlan Maddock | 8th Nov 2023 | More
    ‘Everybody should care’ about biodiversity: Federated Hermes

    Global biodiversity loss represents a systemic risk for financial markets, and Australia – and its super funds – should be “global champions” for biodiversity efforts, according to Federated Hermes.

    Lachlan Maddock | 18th Oct 2023 | More
    After a ‘pivotal point’, natural capital on the upswing

    Institutional investment in natural capital assets continues to grow, buoyed by supportive regulation and corporate interest in the market, but good global data is still hard to come by.

    Lachlan Maddock | 13th Sep 2023 | More
    Why big super leads the pack on impact

    The bias towards investing in domestic securities and the complexity of the local benchmarks mean the impact investing conversation is “very advanced” Down Under, according to global asset manager Ninety One.

    Staff Writer | 13th Sep 2023 | More
  • Active Super hit in ASIC’s greenwashing crackdown

    The $14 billion industry fund is in hot water over allegations its member money is exposed to companies that should have been screened out and that it held on to Russian stocks despite saying it had dumped them.

    Lachlan Maddock | 11th Aug 2023 | More
    ‘Substance-less concepts’: ESG, AI, valuation and other whales in the room

    ESG is the “emptiest” idea, according to Aswath Damodaran, while AI will morph into higher costs for companies overall with no competitive advantage in a world where the technology is ubiquitous.

    David Chaplin | 7th Jun 2023 | More
    Black box to gold rush: Alphinity teams with CSIRO to explore AI risks

    Boutique fund manager Alphinity has struck a partnership with the CSIRO to develop a new framework to assess responsible artificial intelligence practices and ESG considerations.

    Lachlan Maddock | 5th Jun 2023 | More
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