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Financial markets turn to optimism as economies are poised to recover

The global coronavirus pandemic triggered a historic sell-off in the stock markets only for them to mount a stunning recovery in equities before the end of 2020.

KPMG solution to measure sustainable investment outcomes

KPMG has collaborated with the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL) in the development of a Sustainable Investment Framework Navigator (SIFN) tool that provides asset managers with more transparency on the environmental and social impacts of their investments.

ESG funds recover strongly, hitting $1 trillion

In the second quarter, sustainable funds rebounded strongly from the coronavirus market sell-off, supported both by the stock market recovery and growing investor interest in environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues. Global inflows into sustainable funds were up 72% in the second quarter of the year, according to a Morningstar report.

Investing with a purpose – the ESG way

Today’s new environment offers an opportunity for companies, governments and civil society groups to think critically about what their role might be in creating a more resilient future. The investment industry is not immune to this. One critical way of thinking on how to create resilience is ESG investing.

Event-driven investing – a shelter from the storm?

Siddhant Jain Jaiswal A storm is coming – reading this phrase, what are the odds that your mind painted a picture of a hurricane, or...

Hedge funds nudged to environmental and social investing

As climate change and inequality are dominating the media and public agenda, a growing number of institutional investors are basing their investment allocations on environmental, social and governance (ESG) criteria and are forcing alternative funds to take these factors into account in their portfolios.

A hot investment style looks great in the rearview mirror

Barry Ritholtz After decades of expensive and often underperforming active fund management, the public has embraced low-cost, passive-index investing with a vengeance. The old chin-rubbing-this-company-looks-good...

Ritholtz: Trump’s win can help make us better investors

One of the best things to do when confronted by a major surprise is to see what there is to be learned from the experience. I always try to identify what sorts of lessons can be gleaned from non-market events. You would be surprised at how often there are rules and insights to be had about investing.

Ritholtz: Mr. Market doesn’t care about your politics

It’s election season, and that means it’s time for partisans to pose as economists and strategists in order to explain how much the markets support their favorite candidate. It is an exercise fraught with a fundamental misunderstanding of what drives markets at best – or intellectual dishonesty at worst.

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