Although investors are increasingly aware of water risks in their portfolios linked to agriculture, there is still work to be done to improve risk analysis and mitigation strategies. Several investors have begun by simply asking companies for better disclosure of agriculture supply chain risks.
So what do hamburgers and price per pound have to do with equity-oriented long-only smart beta products? A lot more than you think.
Water risks can lead to unlimited financial impact and loss. Have you embedded water risk analysis into your portfolio management process? There are a number of increasingly sophisticated approaches that investors can take.
For years, researchers have used historical returns as proxies for estimating equity risk premium. This approach is problematic, however, because the resulting estimates don't vary from one year to the next, even though equity market returns can be wildly divergent from year to year. Katsunari Yamaguchi, CFA, has developed a new method for estimating equity premiums.
This highly readable and informative book can serve the needs of a variety of individuals. The end-of-chapter problems make the book suitable for a classroom setting for those who plan to become practicing risk managers. Readers interested in gaining a general overview of risk management will also find the book valuable.
"Whiskey is for drinking; water is for fighting over." In these increasingly water-constrained times, this quote is as relevant as ever. The fact is water — or the lack of it — poses investor risks. Companies and investors can no longer ignore increasing competition over limited water resources.
Today, strategy adds value when it understands and exploits uncertainty better than the competition. Pure efficiency can no longer be the only way.
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