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

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First of its kind biodiversity tool for investors announced

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AXA Investment Managers, BNP Paribas Asset Management (“BNPP AM”), Sycomore Asset Management and Mirova (an affiliate of Natixis Investment Managers) are pleased to announce that they have selected the consortium comprised of Iceberg Data Lab and I Care & Consult as the research provider to develop a tool to allow investors to measure how their

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AXA IM welcomes 2020 RIAA Benchmark Report

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AXA Investment Managers (AXA IM) welcomes the release of the annual Responsible Investment Benchmark Report 2020, published by the Responsible Investment Association Australasia (RIAA), and takes the opportunity to renew its call for carbon ‘footpath’ investment. This year’s RIAA Benchmark Report shows that in 2019, Australian and multi-sector responsible investment funds outperformed mainstream funds over

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The green lining of COVID-19 – an opportunity for change?

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The COVID-19 pandemic has wreaked havoc for the global healthcare system, economy and markets but there has been a ‘green lining’ in the form of lower carbon emissions, according to the latest research from AXA Investment Managers (AXA IM). With countries reaffirming their commitment to the Paris agreement this year, the reduced emissions could set

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ESG scores signal resilience

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Companies with higher ESG ratings performed notably  better and were more resilient during the outbreak of the Coronavirus pandemic compared to investments with lower ESG ratings, according to AXA IM. The global investment manager’s research into the global equity market shows ESG leaders outperformed ESG laggards by 16.8% in the first quarter of 2020. AXA

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Investors need to look for carbon ‘footpath’

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Investors should move to a forward-looking view on a company’s commitment to future emissions reduction or its carbon footpath, according to AXA Investment Managers (AXA IM). As concerns surrounding climate change continue to intensify, equity investors increasingly need to understand how this could impact their investment portfolios. Climate data makes clear the urgency to address carbon

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AXA Investment Managers to launch fourth impact investing strategy focusing on emerging and frontier consumers

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AXA Investment Managers (AXA IM) is to expand its suite of impact investment portfolios by launching a private market strategy focusing on opportunities that address the basic needs of emerging consumers across regions including Latin America, South and South East Asia, and Sub-Saharan Africa. The new strategy, which is seeking to raise between US$300-US$400 million,

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AXA IM partners with RIAA to assist financial advisers navigate responsible investing

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Nine in ten Australians expect their assets to be invested responsibly,1 creating an opportunity for financial advisers to implement responsible investment (RI) strategies on behalf of their clients, according to AXA Investment Managers (AXA IM) and the Responsible Investment Association Australasia (RIAA). To assist advisers in deepening their understanding of RI, RIAA and AXA IM

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Australia continues to lag on remuneration and disclosure: AXA IM     

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Executive remuneration remained a hot topic in 2017/18, as shareholders continued to call for improved disclosure around variable pay targets and performance, according to AXA Investment Managers (AXA IM). Remuneration accounted for 68% of AXA IM’s votes against management in Australia, compared to 42% in the Eurozone, 26% in Asia-Pacific and 24% in North America,

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Market Thinking – a view from the equity market

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Mark Tinker, Head of Framlington Equities Asia, comments on US and Asian Markets. While all the talk is of trade tensions, what we are seeing in the markets at the moment are the natural consequences of tightening US monetary conditions, both onshore and particularly offshore. Anyone who has borrowed USD has been scrambling to pay them

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