In brief

  • October, 2016

    UN PRI to delist ESG laggards

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    The United Nations-backed Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) has announced that it will delist asset managers and other signatories who do not live up to the environmental, social and governance (ESG) criteria they have committed to. The decision was made at the PRI Signatory General Meeting held in Singapore in September 2016, over concerns that ...

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  • October, 2016

    Fundamentals the key to US stocks

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    Investors need to focus on company fundamentals rather than the outcome of the US presidential election according to Russell Investments senior investment strategist, Wouter Sturkenboom. While Sturkenboom acknowledged that the choice of Hilary Clinton or Donald Trump as the next US president is important, he said that US market would be driven more by US ...

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  • October, 2016

    SMEs split over Brexit

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    Small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are divided on the impact of Brexit, the UK’s decision to leave the European Union, with 36% believing it will help them enter new markets, while 41% expect it to be a hindrance. The finding is part of a survey of around 1,000 SMEs from venture capital firm Albion Ventures. It found that views on Brexit vary among ...

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  • October, 2016

    Funds could save £800,000 a year with more transparency

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    Greater transparency could help UK pension funds reduce total costs and charges from 1.69% of assets to 0.82% according to the Association of Member Nominated Trustees (AMNT). For a fund with £100 million in assets, the saving would be £800,000 a year, it said. Speaking at a transparency conference in London, AMNT co-chair, David Weeks, told delegates: ...

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  • October, 2016

    Altmann cites Bank of England pension fund in QE critique

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    Pensions expert and former government minister, Ros Altmann, has cited the example of the Bank of England’s own pension fund to illustrate the difficulties being caused by quantitative easing (QE). Altmann said that QE, which has reduced interest rates and therefore increased pension liabilities, has caused huge damage to final salary pension funds. The ...

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  • October, 2016

    Oil price stability should boost risk assets

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    Greater stability for the price of oil should help risk assets and emerging markets, and lessen the appeal of safe-haven investments, according to BlackRock. According to BlackRock global chief investment strategist, Richard Turnill, an unexpected OPEC plan to cut production and a surprisingly large drop in US oil stockpiles will underpin prices for risk ...

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