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Usman Hayat, CFA

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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.

Author's Posts
ESG Issues in Investing: What, Why, and Why Not? (Part 2)

ESG issues are not receiving due consideration among institutional investors. This is perplexing. If there is no disagreement that ESG issues need to be factored into investment decisions for economic reasons, why are they not receiving the attention they deserve?

Shareholder Value Maximization: The World’s Dumbest Idea?

Jame Montier made his case against shareholder value maximization during his closing keynote address at the 2014 European Investment Conference in London. In his characteristic iconoclastic style with a generous use of ironic humor, Montier labeled shareholder value maximization the way Jack Welch, the former CEO of GE, had once described it in 2009, as “the dumbest idea in the world.”

ESG Issues in Investing: What, Why, and Why Not? (Part 1)

To gain clarity on the debates surrounding environmental, social, and governance (ESG) issues in investing, CFA Institute hosted an online discussion forum on 27 June 2014. Participants offered a number of insights.

Poll: Does Your Firm Address the Risks of Climate Change?

Climate change likely represents the most prominent global and intergenerational negative externality — that is, market failure. But are investors able to identify risks and opportunities arising from climate change?

Sustainable Investing: Five Videos to Watch

Here are five carefully curated videos on sustainable investing that stand out for their focus, the strength of their content, and the effectiveness of their delivery.

Poll: Are Businesses and Investors Unprepared for Geopolitical Risks?

Tensions resulting from economic sanctions and countersanctions by the West and Russia, an outcome of the ongoing crisis in Ukraine, seem to be escalating. Are global businesses and investors largely unprepared for such geopolitical risks?

Poll: What Measures Are Effective in Managing Excessive E-mails?

What measures are effective against excessive e-mailing? When we asked readers, we found that there is no dominant method, but tight filters and rules and avoiding checking our own e-mail too often each secured about 30% of the votes.

Poll: Which Military Conflict Has the Greatest Potential to Disrupt Financial Markets?

On any given day, there are far more military conflicts raging worldwide than the few that make international headlines. Some conflict areas (e.g., Ukraine, Gaza, and Syria) may sound familiar, whereas others (e.g., Central African Republic, Northwest Pakistan, or Mexico) may not.

ESG Issues in Investing: What, Why, and Why Not (Online Forum)

There are ongoing debates about why ESG issues are important and to what extent they should be given due consideration in traditional investing.

How Can Fixed-Income Investors Address ESG Considerations?

There is increasing interest in environmental, social, and governance (ESG) issues, but how can investors apply ESG considerations to their decision-making process?

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