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Decarbonising YFYS benchmarks (without failing the test)

Your Future Your Super makes ESG investing a fraught proposition for super funds. But decarbonising benchmarks doesn’t have to generate (that much) tracking error – if you do it right.

Lachlan Maddock | 22nd Mar 2023 | More
Franklin Templeton Fixed Income ESG Engagement Report

Transparency should be the bedrock of sustainable finance.

David Zahn | 16th Mar 2023 | More
‘The field is being sanitised’: Why boutique managers have the upper hand on ESG

Political polarization in the United States and new regulations affecting the labelling of products and funds means boutique ESG managers are back in the spotlight.

Lachlan Maddock | 10th Mar 2023 | More
  • ‘Harm is part of investing’: Portfolios are robust, not resilient

    Investors say they want to build resilient portfolios but all they’re doing is making them robust. And that’s not enough to come back better from a downturn.

    Lachlan Maddock | 1st Mar 2023 | More
    The verdict is in: YFYS curbs ESG

    New research confirms the “anecdotal concerns” of the superannuation industry that the current design of the Your Future Your Super test makes responsible investing a no-go zone.

    Lachlan Maddock | 9th Nov 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
    Funds cast a cautious eye over ESG performance as YFYS bites

    Performance concerns for sustainable investing have risen to the fore as the Your Future Your Super (YFYS) test shortens investment horizons. The wider return outlook is more challenged too.

    Lachlan Maddock | 24th Jul 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.

    David Chaplin | 6th Jul 2022 | More
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