Investors have put a premium on safety in recent months amid a global market meltdown caused by panic related to the Global Pandemic, among other factors, according to global index provider FTSE Russell.
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Natural resources companies are prominent constituents of the FTSE UK Index, resulting in a relatively high carbon emissions and carbon reserves intensity score for the index. At the same time, the UK index has a fairly high ESG rating overall, with very few stocks averaging a higher ESG rating and low carbon emissions intensity at the same time.
Collateralized Loan Obligations (CLOs) are frequently confused by all but the most sophisticated investors with Collateralised Debt Obligations (CDOs), which were seen by many as the cause of the Global Financial Crisis (GFC). As market confidence took a nose-dive last year during the COVID pandemic , many observers feared that complex-sounding products, with complex or opaque-sounding names, would be the first dominos to fall in a repeat of the systemic problems of 2008.
The year 2020 marked a turning point for greenhouse gas emissions. They fell for the first time in our modern history, to a greater extent than during the 1970s oil shocks and the 1930s Great Depression (in absolute terms).
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