In brief

  • August, 2022

    Climate stocktakes are a key component of net zero, says Brunel

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    Climate stocktakes are a key component of the net zero journey, according to Faith Ward, chief responsible investment officer at Brunel, recently. Speaking in an interview with Asset TV, Ward explained how Brunel Pension Partnership has undertaken its own climate stocktake. “The UN came up with the idea of a ‘global stocktake’ in 2023 and 2028 in ...

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  • August, 2022

    Russian invasion provides instructive EM debt case study

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    Spotting red flags in the emerging market debt market is essential, but so is not ignoring them. This was the theme of a recent webinar by Lisa Chua, portfolio manager on the emerging markets debt team at Man GLG that looked at the run up to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. She said that many peers were taking a “buy the dip approach” before the ...

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  • August, 2022

    Real assets offer pension funds real opportunities

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    Secure income real assets are showing resilience in the face of higher interest rates, according to a recent paper from Alpha Real Capital. Equities and public market credit assets have posted negative returns in the year to date (of around 18% and 15% respectively), yet secure income real assets have held their value, said the paper. This is partly ...

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  • August, 2022

    Border to Coast makes impact with school laptop donations

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    Border to Coast Pensions Partnership has refurbished and donated 36 laptops to three schools, supporting access to digital learning and development. Three schools in Durham, South Shields, and Luton received the laptops, which will support children’s learning by providing online access to, while supporting the skills development in an increasingly ...

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  • August, 2022

    ESG objectives increasingly focus on diversity

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    While climate change continues to be the main driver behind the push for wider and deeper adoption of environmental, social and governance (ESG) standards, diversity is increasingly being scrutinised by investee companies and their external managers to ensure their employees come from a variety of backgrounds, cultures and perspectives. Asset owners have ...

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  • August, 2022

    “Paradigm shift” sees rapid advance of stewardship in China

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    Despite being the world’s second largest equity market, the perception of risk and the nuances of investing there have meant China has often been avoided by global institutional investors. Research from RisCura shows that understanding of local corporate engagement practices is poorly understood by most global investors. It also provides a benchmark for ...

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