Usman Hayat writes about sustainable, responsible, and impact investing and Islamic finance. He is the lead author of "Environmental, Social, and Governance Issues in Investing: A Guide for Investment Professionals," and the literature review, "Islamic Finance: Ethics, Concepts, Practice." He is interested in online learning and has directed three e-courses for CFA Institute: "ESG-100," "Islamic Finance Quiz," and "Residual Income Equity Valuation." The other topics he writes about are macroeconomics and behavioral finance. Previously, he was a content director at CFA Institute. He is a former executive director at the Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP). He has experience working in securities regulation and as an independent consultant. His qualifications include the CFA charter, the FRM designation, an MBA, and an MA in Development Economics. His personal interests are reading and hiking.
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The Securities and Exchange Commission has unanimously approved guidance that explains what publicly traded companies must disclose to investors regarding cybersecurity risks and incidents. Chairman Jay Clayton has called on public companies to examine cybersecurity procedures and controls. Pensions & Investments (free access for SmartBrief readers) (21 Feb.)
US bank regulators should keep the power to liquidate large, complex failed financial institutions in an orderly manner, the Treasury Department said in a report. However, this authority should be employed "as an emergency tool for use under only extraordinary circumstances," the report said. Bloomberg (free registration) (21 Feb.)
Sales of previously owned homes in the US declined 4.8% last month compared with January 2017, the sharpest year-over-year drop since 2014, according to the National Association of Realtors. Demand is strong, but prices are rising and supply is tightening, the trade group says. CBS News (21 Feb.)
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