Views on improving the integrity of global capital markets
The Importance of Water Stewardship

The following post summarizes some key ideas from a recent edition of the CFA Institute podcast The Sustainability Story. CFA Institute’s Matt Orsagh, CFA, CIPM spoke with Matt Howard, vice president of water stewardship at The Water Council…. READ MORE ›

A Systemic Approach to Promoting Diversity

The following post summarizes some key ideas from a recent edition of the CFA Institute podcast The Sustainability Story.  CFA Institute Senior Director Matt Orsagh, CFA, CIPM, spoke with Deborah Gilshan, founder of the 100% Club… READ MORE ›

Getting on Board with TCFD’s Climate Financial Disclosures

The following post summarizes some key ideas from a recent edition of the CFA Institute podcast The Sustainability Story. CFA Institute Senior Director Matt Orsagh, CFA, CIPM, spoke with Curtis Ravenel, senior adviser to former Bank… READ MORE ›

Fighting Global Warming Through Carbon Markets

CFA Institute Senior Director Matt Orsagh, CFA, CIPM, spoke with CEO and co-portfolio manager of Carbon Cap Management, Michael Azlen, about carbon pricing and emissions trading systems (ETS).

What’s New in Goodwill

Join Sandy Peters, PJ Patel, and Pranav Ghai on September 23, 2:30 – 3:30PM ET as they discuss What’s New in Goodwill.

Modern Portfolio Theory Revisited in the Age of Environmental, Social, and Governance Investing

The following post summarizes some key ideas from a recent edition of the CFA Institute podcast The Sustainability Story. Matt Orsagh, CFA, CIPM, senior director of capital markets policy at CFA Institute, spoke with former hedge… READ MORE ›

The Impact of Covid-19 on Board Accountability, Flexible Work, Stakeholder Engagement, and Financial Markets

New episodes from podcast series A Guide to EU Financial Politics and Policy Development.

Franklin Templeton Case Highlights the Need to Improve Industry Risk Management Practices

The closure of the six Franklin Templeton (FT) schemes last year is, at its core, a failure of risk management, as amply illustrated in the Securities and Exchange Board of India’s (SEBI) recent order. But were these deficiencies specific to one firm, or can we take broader lessons for the Indian fund industry?

Two Sides of the ESG Debate Are Closer Than They Think

We support the formation of an ISSB because its “first principles” are important to the investment community and would address the full range of sustainability factors (i.e., beyond climate change alone) through which investors assess business performance. Crucially, the ISSB also would establish a global sustainability disclosure baseline, bringing coherence to a fragmented ecosystem in which investors have been forced to be multilingual.

Towards Better Fund Liquidity Management During a Crisis

Assets under management with credit funds grew in India as long as their inflows exceeded outflows. It was only when the trend reversed that those funds had to face up to the task of selling in an illiquid market.

SEC Should Lead in Requiring Climate Disclosures

A transition to a lower-carbon economy will have a significant impact on the global economy, with the US economy being no exception. It is time for the SEC to take the lead.

As the SEC Turns Its Attention to Human Capital, Investors and Accountants Need to Pay Attention

Perhaps most interesting about human capital relative to climate risk is that the financial statements are already supposed to provide some degree of information on human capital, such as compensation expense, but financial statements do not always do this. But now with the SEC involved, things may change.

Securities and Exchange Board of India Raises the Bar for Ethical Conduct for the Indian Fund Industry

SEBI tackles novel and nuanced ethical issue by raising the threshold of what it considers acceptable executive behavior.

UK Audit Reform: Audits of Internal Controls Over Financial Reporting

The narrative that management and auditor assessment of internal controls of financial reporting is too expensive is a very common, but undemonstrated, narrative regarding virtually every accounting, disclosure, and audit reform. Investors view the benefits of ICFR audits as exceeding the costs.

Improving Investor Protection and Business Conduct in Covid Times: Can Industry and Regulators Work Together to Enhance Trust in Capital Markets?

Day two of the CFA Institute Financial Regulatory Symposium 2021 featured an in-depth discussion on these themes, and the measures that regulators can put in place to encourage ethical behavior.



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