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Dynamic evolution in low carbon investing

As efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions gather pace, the industrial foundations of society are facing a transformation. From the light bulb to the car, from everyday materials like plastics to cement, even our diets will have to adapt in profound ways to make the low carbon economy a reality and to avoid the worst impacts of global climate change.

Institutional investors have taken note. Today, few sizable asset owners or managers don’t proclaim to take climate risks into account in some manner through their investment strategies—whether it means trying to avoid exposure to those that have most to lose in a low carbon future, aiming to back tomorrow’s winners, or even using their influence with companies to accelerate the low carbon transition, it’s a subject that once was considered out of the scope of fiduciary duties but is now often a routine part of the investment process.

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    White papersThu, 11 Apr 2019

    ETF usage among institutional investors in Europe has been on the rise, and fixed income ETFs have been a key driver behind this growth. European institutions surveyed in a recent Greenwich Associates study indicated that fixed income ETFs as a percentage of their portfolios more than doubled from 2017 to 2018.1 As fixed income ETF inflows in Europe continue to pick up steam, we’ve identified four primary reasons behind this trend.

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    Asset Manager NewsWed, 27 Mar 2019

    Following a challenging 2018 for equity markets around the world, global equity markets have bounced back in a major way thus far in 2019, helped by the rapid easing in global financial conditions led by the US Federal Reserve’s more accommodative policy stance.

  • China's retail investment market: Implications for minimum variance

    Asset Manager NewsMon, 25 Mar 2019

    Accessing the China A-Shares Market Via Minimum-Variance Investing (recently published in the Journal of Portfolio Management) explains how minimum variance strategies may work in historically volatile markets such as China.

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    Asset Manager NewsThu, 21 Mar 2019

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  • Accessing the China A-shares market via minimum-variance investing

    Accessing the China A-shares market via minimum-variance investing

    White papersThu, 21 Mar 2019

    In the last 10 years, the concept of the minimum-variance (MV) portfolio has successfully evolved from an academic topic of discussion to an implementable investment theme. Currently, a significant number of investment mandates or products have embraced the concept and allocated financial resources to MV investing. The concept of MV investing is applicable in a variety of geographical regions, but despite its wide applications, MV investing is still a relatively new topic in the China ...

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