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Critical hedge fund sees better way to do ESG

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Critical hedge fund sees better way to do ESG

Environmental, social and governance investors have been patting themselves on the back this year because their funds have tended to outperform during the coronavirus crisis. But a San Francisco hedge fund believes they are doing a poor job of shielding investors from the general risk of the stockmarket and more quantitative methods would improve the outcome.

  • Film director Richard Curtis: ‘the time for tinkering is coming to an end’

    Crisis Talk

    Film director Richard Curtis: ‘the time for tinkering is coming to an end’

    If UK pension savers knew how their money was invested, funds would be more inclined to invest exclusively in environmental, social and governance (ESG) assets. So argues Richard Curtis, the screenwriter, director and co-founder of Comic Relief. He has launched a public campaign, Make My Money Matter, to pressure UK pension funds to invest more sustainably.

  • Ukraine crisis cash in jeopardy after CB chief quits

    CEE

    Ukraine crisis cash in jeopardy after CB chief quits

    The shock resignation of the governor of Ukraine’s central bank on Wednesday night led the sovereign to pull its much-anticipated Eurobond, which had priced just moments before. As investors grow more unsettled, experts fear for the sovereign’s access to institutional funding and capital markets, writes Mariam Meskin.

  • Time for SSAs to be more social

    Leader

    Time for SSAs to be more social

    Money market investors are beginning to feel left out of the ESG revolution sweeping capital markets. With the coronavirus pandemic bringing social concerns to the fore, the time is ripe for SSAs to show the kind of leadership they have demonstrated in the bond markets.

  • End of GSE conservatorship nears but CFPB ruling raises new questions

    RMBS

    End of GSE conservatorship nears but CFPB ruling raises new questions

    The end of government control of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac drew one step closer this week, but a US Supreme Court ruling on the leadership structure of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) raises the possibility that the course could be reversed under a new government after November's election, write Max Adams and Jennifer Kang.

  • Wirecard's insolvency triggers default for convertible investors

    Equity-Linked

    Wirecard's insolvency triggers default for convertible investors

    SoftBank’s repackaged €900m Argentum bonds exchangeable into Wirecard shares are to be liquidated immediately after the German payments company filed for insolvency in June, having disclosed €1.9bn of cash was missing from its balance sheet. This will offer investors a way out or a seat at the table for the looming bankruptcy proceedings.

  • ‘Father of venture capital’ Sir Ronald Cohen: We need a 'New Deal' on corporate impact

    SRI / Green Bonds

    ‘Father of venture capital’ Sir Ronald Cohen: We need a 'New Deal' on corporate impact

    Sir Ronald Cohen, one of the UK’s foremost private equity entrepreneurs, believes the Covid-19 crisis is an opportunity to transform western capitalism into a socially responsible enterprise that values a company’s impact on society as much as its profits. Cohen talks to GlobalCapital about the tremendous challenges facing the global economy, and how it can be transformed for the better.

  • Come on UK, get with the programme

    The View

    Come on UK, get with the programme

    The UK is in many ways a green leader. Starting to issue green Gilts would be peripheral to that, and not necessary to environmental progress. But for a country that desperately needs to buff up its image, it is low-hanging fruit.

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