Amid growing demand from socially conscious investors, asset managers have worked tirelessly over the past decade to create ESG investment vehicles. While the pandemic heightened mainstream interest in ESG, the trend is projected to continue its acceleration as it has become widely recognised as a key value driver.
Asset managers and fund boards grapple with the impact of climate risks on investments in their funds. However, things move quickly. Alongside awareness of biodiversity loss and the risk it poses, nature is another important risk that must also be considered.
The industry accepts the need for more rigour to ESG fund reporting. But the work will be pointless if investors don’t understand the end result. Nicholas Pratt reports.
Consolidation between asset management firms is overwhelmingly expected to increase. Operational challenges remain thanks to legacy systems. But in a recent webinar - which included the COO of asset manager BlueBay - Nik Pratt finds that data consolidation is gaining in focus.
The European Commission recently issued a proposal for an overhaul of the AIFMD, generally known as AIFMD II. While some of the suggested changes had been expected, others were not entirely in line with previous feedback provided by, among others, the pan-European regulator or KPMG, which was tasked with assessing the efficacy of the current framework and found no material deficiencies.
While Investment Grade (IG) credit fundamentals continue to look robust, central banks are wary of higher inflationary pressure. Within this environment, investors should seek an active and flexible approach.
2021 was yet another record year for the Exchange-Traded Funds industry in terms of asset levels and net flows. But what is next and can this incredible growth story continue? By Rob Rushe, senior ETF expert at CACEIS.
Not all sustainable ETFs are created equal. Zeb Saeed, senior product specialist at DWS Group, examines how passive approaches can assist investors in their net zero transition.
A Funds Europe webinar, in partnership with Mackenzie Investments, discussed how replication helps investors access the benefits of the asset class in a cheaper and simpler way.
The recent amendments to Luxembourg’s 2004 securitisation law mean that active management of securitisation vehicles linked to bonds, loans and other debt instruments will now be allowed.