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Amundi closes largest targeted green bond fund

Mon, 19/03/2018 - 12:13

IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, and Amundi, Europe's largest asset manager, have closed the Amundi Planet Emerging Green One, which is the world's largest targeted green bond fund focused on emerging markets, at USD1.42 billion.  »

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Russell Investments launches new material ESG scores

Tue, 06/03/2018 - 14:54

Global asset manager Russell Investments has created a material environmental, social & governance (ESG) score, which it says more accurately identifies ESG factors that could impact the financial performance of publicly-traded companies. »

Alexander Machkevitch, Eurasian Resources Group

Responsible business is good business: the ESG route to cobalt

Thu, 08/02/2018 - 11:57

Dr Alexander Machkevitch (pictured), Chairman, Eurasian Resources Group, writes on the rising importance of cobalt and calls for sustainable supply and responsible practices in meeting demand. »

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S&P predicts 30 per cent increase in self labelled green bond market

Tue, 30/01/2018 - 12:55

S&P Global Ratings said today that strengthening green bond market fundamentals are likely to fuel about a 30 per cent increase in self-labelled instruments globally in 2018. »

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MSCI ESG research reveals companies with higher ESG ratings tend to show improved performance

Mon, 08/01/2018 - 16:22

A new report from MSCI entitled Foundations of ESG Investing : How ESG Affects Equity Valuation, Risk and Performance, authored by Guido Giese, Linda-Eling Lee, Dimitris Melas, Zoltan Nagy and Laura Nishikawa seeks to understand how environmental, social and governance (ESG) characteristics have led to financially significant effects. »

Tom Staudt, ARK

ARK puts the disruptive into innovative investments

Fri, 01/12/2017 - 09:15

ARK Investment Management’s ARKK and ARKW disruptive innovation ETFs have returned 76.7 per cent and 72.1 per cent respectively year to date. »

Saker Nusseibeh, Hermes

Hermes finds investment opportunities in climate change action

Wed, 15/11/2017 - 11:45

Hermes Investment Management, with GBP30.8 billion under management, has published a white paper, ‘The low carbon opportunity - and the risks of missing out’, which looks at how since the Paris Accord on climate change, it has become clear that the agreement has created numerous investment opportunities. »

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Impact investing can achieve market rate returns report says

Tue, 14/11/2017 - 08:52

A new report, Global Impact Investing Network Perspectives: Evidence on the Financial Performance of Impact Investments, provides a comprehensive review of available research to date on the financial performance of impact investments. »

Timo Pfeiffer, Solactive

Solactive set for international expansion

Thu, 09/11/2017 - 09:41

News came this week of the launch of the first gender equality ETF from Lyxor, based on a tailor-made index from German-based index provider Solactive.  »

Jeff Blake, head of business development and client services, KBIGI

KBIGI launches global sustainable infrastructure strategy

Wed, 08/11/2017 - 10:13

KBI Global Investors has launched KBIGI Global Sustainable Infrastructure Strategy, part of its Natural Resources suite of strategies. »

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