Views on improving the integrity of global capital markets
To Make Finance Sustainable We Must Look Beyond COP26

There’s a lot to be discovered in Glasgow, the host city of the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26). But there’s certainly no magic… READ MORE ›

More Independence Is Needed on Boards of Hong Kong SAR Companies

“Over-boarding,” which is the practice of individuals serving on several boards at the same time, is more common in Hong Kong SAR than in many other industrial markets.

Hong Kong Asserts ESG Leadership

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 Grace Hui, head of Green and Sustainable Finance at Hong Kong… READ MORE ›

The Beginning of the EU Sustainability Wave

Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) matters remain at the top of the EU agenda. In the coming months, EU institutions are expected to work on several legislative files related to sustainable finance. Regulators are currently discussing the… READ MORE ›

Japanese Companies Are Waking Up to Activist Investors

Japan still has a long journey ahead to bring its corporate governance standards in line with global best practices. Nevertheless, evolution will not be stopped, and broader adoption of global best practices of corporate governance will only boost their overall performance, making Japan’s companies even more competitive and more attractive to foreign investors.

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).

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.



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