While the 2020 picture looks promising for US small-cap equities, according to market experts at FTSE Russell and Cboe, a number of risks still lurk on the horizon for investors.
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Following years of research and debates on ESG analysis, there is still only an emerging consensus as to its benefit, and also no internationally ratified formal agreement that would stipulate what indicators should be required information for performance assessment and wider impacts evaluation.
Growth in ESG benchmarks are putting issuers’ sustainability performance in the spotlight and changing the notion that passive investment managers are always ‘forced buyers’
While exposure to the real estate asset class is common in defined benefit (DB) plans, this has only become a more recent occurrence in defined contribution (DC) plans. Many target date funds (TDFs) have now started to provide exposure to real estate through stock exchange listed real estate investment trusts (REITs), though some also allocate to “direct” or “private” real estate. Considering that TDFs are commonplace in DC plans, and the majority of net cash flows are directed to them, the wider use of real estate allocations within them brings the need to better understand this asset class.
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