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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Esoterica Capital has brought to Cboe Global Markets an exchange-traded fund that invests in companies working on 5G wireless technology. The Esoterica NextG Economy ETF is actively managed. ETF (31 Mar.)
Market participants have applauded a decision by the European Securities and Markets Authority to delay enforcement of the Securities Financing Transactions Regulation until July, but many have pressed ahead with preparation for compliance. "July will be here before we know it, so although this gives firms time to work through any integration issues, they can't take their foot off the pedal," says Linda Coffman, executive vice president at SmartStream Technologies. Practice Insight (31 Mar.)
The Trump administration has published a final rule that scales back mileage standards. The rule requires automakers to improve fuel efficiency by 1.5% annually, down from 5% annually under a rule adopted during the Obama administration. The Associated Press (31 Mar.)
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