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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
‘We’re going nowhere, really’: Why super’s staying quiet on ESG

The “well-intentioned and genuine” claims super funds made about their sustainable bona fides have landed them in the regulators’ crosshairs. They’re going to have to figure out how to actually follow through on them if they want to win the battle for members’ retirement savings.

Lachlan Maddock | 10th Nov 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
  • Fundies don’t believe in ESG (when they run their own money)

    Having “skin in the game” is usually a boon for performance and client alignment. But when managers put their money where their mouth is, they don’t invest it sustainably according to a Swiss report.

    Lachlan Maddock | 4th 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
  • ‘Industrial evolution’ and the new energy order

    The global energy system is changing at a rapid pace but it’s too early to pick winners, according to Calvert. And despite a tough 2022, true ESG will prevail.

    Lachlan Maddock | 5th May 2023 | More
    Funds back alts for a brand new investment environment

    Australian institutional investors are plotting increased allocations to alternatives and rethinking geopolitical risk, according to Nuveen.

    Lachlan Maddock | 29th Mar 2023 | More
  • 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
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