Some investors systematically integrate environmental, social, and corporate governance (ESG) considerations in investment decision-making and ownership practices for economic reasons; others may also have noneconomic reasons for doing so. Louise O’Halloran, executive director at the Responsible Investment Association of Australasia, shares her views on increasing recognition and availability of information on environmental, social, and corporate governance issues in valuation.
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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.
Prestige Funds has brought to market a fund that uses a variety of managers to invest in private debt and high-yield credit. The Multi Finance Opportunities fund aims to deliver an annual return of 5% to 7%. Investment Week (UK) (14 Feb.)
The UK House of Commons has voted 303-258 against a measure to endorse Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit strategy, which aims to gain concessions from the EU on how the border with Ireland is handled after the UK leaves the EU. Jeremy Corbyn, who leads the opposition Labour Party, says May should "admit that her strategy has failed" and return to Parliament with a "coherent plan." Politico (14 Feb.)
Factors such as Brexit uncertainty, a weak economic outlook and a dovish stance by the Bank of England will put a brake on the pace of interest-rate increases this year, economists say in a Bloomberg survey. The economists predict rates will rise to 1% in the fourth quarter from 0.75%, rather than a previous forecast of before Q3. BNN Bloomberg (Canada) (15 Feb.)
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