Caroline Hedges appointed Head of Credit at Aviva Investors

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Aviva Investors, the global asset management business of Aviva Plc (‘Aviva’), has appointed Caroline Hedges as Head of Credit, following the promotion of Colin Purdie to Chief Investment Officer, Liquid Markets, in June. Caroline will lead teams across investment grade and high yield credit, emerging market debt, liquidity and securities finance. She takes on the

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The urgent need for a global carbon price

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Nearly three decades after it first agreed to tackle climate change, the world has failed miserably to curb the growth in CO2 emissions. To succeed, it urgently needs to establish an effective price for carbon. In the 1820s, French mathematician Joseph Fourier calculated an object the size of Earth, and at its distance from the

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Aviva Investors strengthens real estate long income team

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Aviva Investors, the global asset management business of Aviva plc (‘Aviva’), has announced the strengthening of its Real Estate Long Income (RELI) team with a double hire. Todor Valev has been appointed as Assistant Fund Manager of the European Real Estate Long Income Fund (E-RELI), reporting to Renos Booth, Head of Real Estate Long Income. Based

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Investors should confront the dark side of tech

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Technology firms are often favoured by ESG funds because of their ostensibly clean, asset-light business models. But investors need to look deeper and challenge unethical and unsustainable practices across the industry, argue Louise Piffaut and Charles Devereux. Communications technology was a lifeline for many people during the darkest months of the coronavirus pandemic. Video calls

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A tale of two hemispheres: Economic recovery from COVID-19

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While much of the developed world appears to be on the road to recovery, aided by the rapid roll-out of vaccines, the outlook for many poorer countries is far less favourable, says Head of Multi-Strategy, Ian Pizer. The global economy looks to be recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic faster than once seemed probable, with the

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By the people, for the people: Why investors should care about human rights

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Companies cannot thrive without healthy and happy employees, consumers, and communities. Investors must use their influence with companies and other stakeholders to ensure the basic rights of these groups are respected. In the grand pursuit of profit, companies have not always prioritised the rights and wellbeing of people. Meanwhile, others have failed in their due diligence, closing

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Aviva Investors proposes revisions to international financial architecture to achieve sustainable transition

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Aviva Investors, the global asset management business of Aviva plc (‘Aviva’), has set out a series of proposals and recommendations to G7 and G20 nations [1] it believes will enable the global financial system to tackle the climate crisis in an effective and cohesive way. The recommendations follow discussions held with a coalition of global allies –

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Aviva Investors projects a strong growth outlook with upside risks

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Aviva Investors, the global asset management business of Aviva PLC, sees a potent combination of economic drivers underpinning a strong global recovery in 2021, resulting in an above-consensus outlook for growth. Although uncertainties remain, the COVID pandemic is passing, and successful roll-outs of vaccination programmes are allowing economies to reopen. Pent-up demand, large savings buffers

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Aviva Investors delivers on active ESG Engagement Commitment

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Aviva Investors, the global asset management business of Aviva plc (‘Aviva’), today publishes its Annual Responsible Investment Review, reporting significant increases in its voting and engagement activity for 2020. The review outlines how Aviva Investors’ responsible investment approach aligned with the priorities of clients and society. The report reveals that Aviva Investors voted on over

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Aviva Investors appoints Daniel McHugh as CIO, Real Assets

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Aviva Investors, the global asset management business of Aviva plc (‘Aviva’), has appointed Daniel McHugh as Chief Investment Officer of its £47.3 billion Real Assets business[1]. This follows the appointment in January of former Real Assets CIO, Mark Versey, as Chief Executive Officer, Aviva Investors. In his new role, Daniel will report to Mark Versey

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