ACTIAM, the Dutch asset manager, has set itself a groundbreaking goal: By 2030, it hopes to be water neutral. Hans van Houwelingen, the firm's CEO, talks to Monika Freyman, CFA, about this ambitious target.
Why do professional investors talk about behavioral finance more than they apply its insights? How do single stocks influence factor returns? The leading Enterprising Investor posts from last month address these questions and more.
In the final analysis, can we truly measure the emissions of our portfolio? Or understand what the actual “carbon footprint” is? No, not really, says Christopher K. Merker, CFA, but it is becoming easier.
Does environmental, social, and governance (ESG) investing add or subtract value from investment portfolios? According to the findings of a trio of researchers, summarized in the new In Practice series, the answer is neither: Investors can both match index performance while also “doing good” for the environment and society.
The Bank of England will not resort to printing money to lessen the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic, Governor Andrew Bailey says. "Using monetary financing would damage credibility on controlling inflation by eroding operational independence," Bailey says. Reuters (05 Apr.)
Securities and Exchange Commission member Allison Herren Lee wants the agency to pause pending rule changes but not rush into regulatory relief without analysis amid the coronavirus pandemic. "Relevant considerations in that analysis include whether an action is directly responsive to COVID-19 and whether an action represents an appropriate use of agency resources at a time when we are routinely called upon to take emergency actions," she says. Reuters (04 Apr.)
If the US has any shortage of drugs, it is because of high demand and not because China or any other country is preventing the supply of ingredients, says Stephen Hahn, head of the US Food and Drug Administration. "We don't have any evidence that there is a drug in short supply because of anyone blocking the active pharmaceutical ingredients in the drugs," he says. BNN Bloomberg (Canada) (05 Apr.)
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