Institutional investors continue to build real assets exposure, driven by enhanced returns, ESG and capital preservation

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Global institutional investors are set to prioritise investments into real assets over the next 12 months, as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to have a lasting impact on global economies and financial markets, according to the latest edition of Aviva Investors’ Real Assets Study. The Study, based on responses from over 1,000 decision-makers at insurers and pension... Read more continue reading

Study reveals Healthcare remains top of the list when it comes to impact investing

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Against the backdrop of a pandemic, healthcare continues to be front and centre as the cause that aligns most with personal values or priorities when making an impact investment, according to a new survey by global asset manager American Century Investments. Study results showcasing responses from the United States, United Kingdom and Germany, examined generational... Read more continue reading

BNP Paribas survey finds hedge funds increasingly integrating ESG investing

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A BNP Paribas Corporate and Institutional Banking (CIB) survey of 53 hedge funds with a combined AUM of over half a trillion USD has found that 40% include environmental, social and governance (ESG) considerations in their investment process. The survey highlights that hedge funds are reaching a tipping point of incorporating ESG into their decision making,... Read more continue reading

LGS wins SuperRatings Infinity Award for record seventh year

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Local Government Super (LGS) is delighted to announce that it has received the SuperRatings Infinity Award for a record seventh time since the award’s inception in 2010. This prestigious award recognises the super fund most committed to addressing its environmental and ethical responsibilities and confirms LGS as Australia’s leading responsible and sustainable super fund. Commenting... Read more continue reading

ESG principles respected by life settlements industry

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ESG principles have become mainstream in funds management and the Laureola life settlements fund, now in Australia, is no exception. “We follow the principles behind ESG in our dealings with insureds who wish to sell us their life insurance policies in the USA. Typically, Laureola and other investors offer a 2-4 times higher payout for... Read more continue reading

Responsible investing experiences rapid growth across ETP sector

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The rise of index-based strategies and Exchange Traded Products (ETPs) represents a major shift in markets during the last decade, in tandem with a greater sense of urgency regarding adoption of responsible investing principles. According to a recent report by Zenith Investment Partners, these two themes have resulted in the creation of hundreds of indices... Read more continue reading

CPD: Decarbonisation and the infrastructure investment opportunity

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Introduction The world has enjoyed over a century of ‘progress’ which has seen developed market industrialisation, huge and ongoing population growth, globalisation and, in more recent times, the emergence of a growing middle class in developing countries. However, this progress has created a number of climatic challenges which, if left unaddressed, could see the planet we... Read more continue reading

LaSalle acts globally on net zero carbon commitment in alignment ULI Greenprint Goal

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LaSalle Investment Management (LaSalle), has announced its commitment to the Urban Land Institute’s Greenprint Center for Building Performance Net Zero Carbon (NZC) Goal to reduce landlord-controlled operational carbon emissions of LaSalle’s global portfolio of managed assets to net zero by the year 2050. Since becoming a signatory to the UN Principles for Responsible Investment over... Read more continue reading

Adviser education key to meeting ESG investment demand

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High demand for environmental, social and governance (ESG) investment options, and an expanding investment universe, will make ESG an essential talking point in adviser-client conversations in the coming years, according to AXA Investment Managers (AXA IM). Ahead of the launch of the Financial Adviser Guide to Responsible Investment from the Responsible Investment Association Australasia (RIAA) and AXA... Read more continue reading

Resimac sustainability initiative to offset over five million kilos of CO2

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Leading non-bank mortgage provider Resimac has planted 35,000 trees through its Carbon Conscious program, which has been running since 2010 in partnership with Australian carbon farming company Carbon Conscious Investments (CCI). Over their lifetime, these trees will remove more than five million kilograms of carbon dioxide emissions from the atmosphere, helping to counter the devastating... Read more continue reading