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ESG Q&A: The role of financial regulators in treating climate change as a systemic risk

One of the most important issues surrounding climate change for financial professionals is the policy response regulators and policymakers make around such issues as climate change data transparency and quality.

Capital Markets Americas Quarterly Update

This report highlights the activities of the CFA Institute Capital Markets Policy Group located in the Washington, DC, and Charlottesville, VA, offices of the America’s division.

Second Quarter 2020 Amid COVID-19: Investor and Audit Committee Considerations

We encourage investors to “look under the hood” at the results — not for their predictive ability this quarter per se but rather for the ability of a company’s forward-looking statements to be evaluated and to make their own assessments of future prospects. Until there is a vaccine, company results and outlook will likely be filled with uncertainty, and these interim results can provide insight into the impact of the pandemic and how the business may respond in the future as the pandemic ebbs and flows over the next few years.

What to Make of the SEC’s Proxy Advice Vote

Some top-line thoughts on the SEC's final ruling on Exemptions from the Proxy Rules for Proxy Voting Advice.

CFA Institute Survey Points to Lag in Big Data and AI Adoption

CFA Institute FinTech survey results suggest investment managers are hesitant to deploy fintech solutions with uncertain cost-benefit tradeoffs.

Second Quarter 2020 Amid COVID-19: Investor and Audit Committee Considerations

Due to the impact of COVID-19 on how companies are reporting during the second quarter/half year, investors likely need to perform their own going concern analysis.

The Case for Mandatory Separation of Chairperson and CEO Roles in India

Most countries either require or recommend separation of independent directors, but India had long incentivized this separation by requiring a higher minimum ratio (50% instead of 33%) of independent directors on boards on which the chair is also the CEO.

Second Quarter 2020 Amid COVID-19: Investor and Audit Committee Considerations: Cash Is Not Just King, It Is Everything

As we noted in our introductory post on July 14, as the earnings season commences this week, we will undertake a series of posts over the next two weeks on issues we believe are important for… READ MORE ›

Notes on the German EU Presidency

A German EU presidency is no normal presidency. We hope the following thoughts on priorities are a useful contribution at a time when the EU’s economic and financial response to the COVID-19 crisis has been under intense scrutiny.

Second Quarter 2020 Amid COVID-19: Investor and Audit Committee Considerations

The second quarter, ending June 30, will result in US companies providing investors with the first look at the actual impact of COVID-19 on US public companies; and globally, companies will release their half-yearly results for the first time since the global surge in the pandemic.

Are we putting corporate governance at risk — again?

If we learn anything from the recent market volatility, it is that in unprecedented times like this, companies with superior governance, risk management, and accountability will have a higher chance of survival and outperformance.

A crisis of trust

Korea’s wealth management industry is in a crisis of trust. To restore investor confidence, regulators, industry organizations, and financial institutions must work together to address the underlying causes of the problems.

How evolving ESG disclosure rules are altering investment dynamics in India

The ESG concept is picking up in India gradually. This year alone, two investment firms — Avendus and Quantum Advisors with three former Tata group employees — launched a $1 billion ESG fund in India.

The SEC’s Proposal on Private Markets: Don’t Tip the Balance Further

The SEC is proposing major changes to the rules governing private markets to help young companies raise capital and to expand retail investor access to private markets. CFA Institute argues that the proposal would weaken investor protections and tip the balance yet further against public markets.

A Curious Thing Happened on the Way to Implementing Regulation Best Interest

The fact that firms are transitioning toward a registered investment advisory business model due to Reg BI cannot help but boost the standard for investment advice. Whether or not the advice of this cadre of newly minted investment advisers will be conflicted, as registered advisers they will be bound by a common law fiduciary duty that will lower the thresholds for investor claims on bad guidance. A positive step for investors.



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