Assessing buy now pay later sector through an ESG lens

RACHEL ALEMBAKIS  |  THURSDAY, 1 JUL 2021  |  NEWS
The fast-growing buy now pay later (BNPL) sector has attracted investor and consumer interest and has led many entrants to jump into the Australian market. Yet investors and financial counsellors are raising concerns about the structure of BNPL products ...

A little more conversation and a lot more action

PIERRE LENDERS  |  THURSDAY, 1 JUL 2021  |  WHITEPAPER
There's a lot of talk about the importance of environmental, social and governance issues in investment decisions, but is there sufficient action? And if there is, what does that action look like, and can it deliver on performance as well as moral objectives? ...

J.P. Morgan AM acquires forestry firm

RACHEL ALEMBAKIS  |  THURSDAY, 24 JUN 2021  |  NEWS
J.P. Morgan Asset Management has acquired a global forestry management and timberland investing company.

Super fund invests in Australian Unity Green Bond Fund

RACHEL ALEMBAKIS  |  THURSDAY, 24 JUN 2021  |  NEWS
Australian Unity's Green Bond Fund has signed its first superannuation fund investor.

ESG ratings "just opinions": Dimensional Fund Advisors

RACHEL ALEMBAKIS  |  THURSDAY, 17 JUN 2021  |  NEWS
Demand for ESG investing is surging, as is interest in ESG data and ratings, but one fund manager likens ESG ratings to "opinions" and argues that investors would be better served by using underlying ESG data, rather than relying on generic ESG ratings.

Infrastructure manager joins Principles for Responsible Investment

RACHEL ALEMBAKIS  |  WEDNESDAY, 16 JUN 2021  |  NEWS
TRUE Infrastructure Management has joined the United Nations-supported Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI).

Investment Leadership Awards ESG winners revealed

RACHEL ALEMBAKIS  |  THURSDAY, 10 JUN 2021  |  NEWS
Australian Ethical Investment and BetaShares Capital have taken top awards in the ESG category at the annual Financial Standard Investment Leadership Awards in Sydney.

KiwiSaver exclusions not necessarily a performance drag: ISS

RACHEL ALEMBAKIS  |  THURSDAY, 10 JUN 2021  |  NEWS
KiwiSaver providers will be banned from investing in fossil fuels and controversial weapons later this year, but analysis from ISS suggests there will not be a negative impact on returns from those exclusions.

Oxfam Australia calls for stronger climate action amid GDP risk

RACHEL ALEMBAKIS  |  THURSDAY, 10 JUN 2021  |  NEWS
Australia could lose as much as 12.5% in GDP by 2050 unless there is more ambitious action on climate change, according to Oxfam Australia.

Cutting the carbon without sacrificing return: UBS

RACHEL ALEMBAKIS  |  THURSDAY, 3 JUN 2021  |  NEWS
Investors can drastically reduce the carbon intensity of their portfolios without sacrificing returns, and may achieve outperformance, according to research from UBS.