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After a few false dawns, ESG now seems to be worthy of the label ‘mainstream'. In association with Aviva Investors we bring you the latest news and research into this sustainable mega trend.
A record-breaking 150 ‘dog’ funds have been identified in the latest bi-annual Bestinvest Spot the Dog report, with total assets of £54.4bn sitting in these vehicles.
PGIM Fixed Income has hired Eugenia Unanyants-Jackson as head of ESG research, a newly created role.
BlackRock has launched a suite of three ESG multi-asset exchange-traded funds (ETFs) to provide investors with a "cost-efficient, transparent and sustainable way" to invest during times of market uncertainty.
Barnett Waddingham has used a Camradata service to source bespoke ESG manager research and market insights, as well as establish universes and strategies for ESG-related funds for clients.
Professional Pensions is holding a webinar on the future of alternatives on 8 September at 3pm.
The Pensions Policy Institute (PPI) has launched a research series focused on identifying practical ways to improve trustee and contract-based scheme provider engagement on ESG issues.
The industry has broadly backed proposals to require the largest schemes to publish climate risk disclosures but raised concerns about the workload of implementation as well as how to standardise the methodology used.
Nest has completed its plans to rid its investment portfolio of tobacco assets a year earlier than it had anticipated.
European pensions funds’ awareness of, and desire for, action on climate change related investment risk has surged, Mercer says.
The resilience of credit investors will be tested as the world recovers from Covid-19, says Colin Purdie.
Here they are… The shortlists for this year's Professional Pensions Investment Awards.
Fixed income enjoys another strong quarter
Dalriada Trustees has appointed Minerva Analytics to assess its external asset managers’ ESG, voting and stewardship.
Independent investment manager Invesco will launch two Luxembourg-domiciled buy and maintain funds at UK defined benefit (DB) schemes.
Aviva’s operating profit fell by 11% in the first half of the year as Covid-19 hit business activity, although a growth in bulk annuity sales partially offset the drop.
Scottish Widows has invested £2bn of pension fund assets to become the inaugural investor in BlackRock’s authorised contractual scheme (ACS) Climate Transition World Equity Fund.
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EXCLUSIVE: Covid-19 accelerates focus on social and governance issues as part of ESG push by asset owners
Demonstrable action will be required by asset managers to meet the needs of increasingly outcome-oriented institutional asset owners as social and governance issues come into sharper focus in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, research by JPES Partners...
Dan Roarty looks at how the companies with the strongest ESG ratings have fared financially in comparison to their peers throughout the pandemic
More than 60 civil society leaders including MPs, climate experts, faith leaders and local councillors have signed an open letter accusing pensions and financial inclusion minister Guy Opperman of backing continued investment in fossil fuels.
Nest has set out plans to move to its default pension strategy towards a net-zero investment portfolio by 2050, with at least £5.5bn of equities pledged to climate aware strategies.
Amid the economic fallout from Covid-19, ESG issues have never been more relevant, says Tegs Harding.
Tasmin Patel and Keith Webster look at the implications of the new stewardship requirements for pension schemes.
Equities flows YTD remain negative
The number of FTSE 250 companies moving to a master trust is set to increase over the next two years, according to research by Willis Towers Watson (WTW).
James Riley says sustainability involves balance, and one of the key areas where this needs to be struck is DB funding.
Lorna Blyth looks at how an amendment to the Pension Schemes Bill could force pension schemes to align their investment strategies with the Paris climate agreement.
Available on demand... Louise Sivyer and Michelle Cracknell among the speakers at PP's DeskFlix event on the Future of DC
The latest virtual event in PP’s DeskFlix series took place on 7 July
Newton Investment Management's Lloyd McAllister looks at how an active approach could help DC schemes to tackle climate change
PGIM Investments has launched a global corporate ESG fund, which will be “the first of a newly-created suite” of PGIM Fixed Income’s ESG UCITS strategies available to investors outside of the US.