Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Wrap November 2018 – Modern day slavery

Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Wrap November 2018 – Modern day slavery This month the team have put together a feature on the impacts of modern day slavery  and investment considerations for investors. . Investment considerations of modern day slavery           Important note: While every care has been taken in the preparation of this article, AMP Capital Investors Limited (ABN 59 001 777 591, AFSL 232497) makes no representations or warranties as …

Responsible & ethical investing – what are they & what’s the difference?

Responsible & ethical investing – what are they & what’s the difference? Whether it’s the war on waste, human rights abuses, animal rights or climate change that is your issue of choice (or perhaps you’re concerned about all of them), more of us are taking an interest in making decisions with our money that reflect our values.  Recent research from the Responsible Investment Association Australasia (RIAA) shows that 92% of Australians now expect their super …

Responsible Investment Leaders – Engagement Report 2018

Responsible Investment Leaders – Engagement Report 2018 This report provides a snapshot of the work the Responsible Investment Leaders (RIL) funds have been doing on your behalf to make a difference. We cover the big issues of 2017 and showcase some of the assets the RIL funds have supported to make the world a better place – our investments in community infrastructure, sustainable forestry, clean tech and renewables are just as exciting as the engagement …

Econosights- The US economy – upcoming midterm elections & its impact

Econosights – The US economy – upcoming midterm elections & its impact Key points Upcoming US midterm elections may see the Republican party lose its majority in one or both houses of Congress which could make passing policy changes more difficult for the government. But, policy already passed (including tax reform) will be difficult to reverse.   Impeachment investigations against Trump are likely if Democrats gain a majority in the House, which would lead to …

Econosights – Should we worry about emerging markets?

Econosights – Should we worry about emerging markets? Key Points Emerging market equities have performed poorly since the beginning of the year. More recently, trade tensions between the US and China, a rising US dollar and issues in individual emerging market economies have hit emerging markets. The last emerging market downturn was in 2015 on the back of Chinese growth concerns, a devaluation in the Chinese Yuan and Fed interest rate hike fears. Emerging market …

Econosights – The end of Japanese stagnation?

Econosights – The end of Japanese stagnation? Key points Years of low growth and inflation are gradually turning around in Japan thanks to the slow-moving impacts of Abenomics combined with a strong global economy. A lift in growth and employment reforms are increasing participation in the labour market, adding to an already tight labour market. Recent wage agreements will add to inflation. The solid economic cycle and good corporate health is positive news for Japanese …

Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Wrap 15 March 2018

Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Wrap 15 March 2018 Welcome again to the Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Wrap, where our team share the latest ESG issues in the media and their implications on investment. This month the key ESG issues making headlines are: ‘Silent boycott’: Gen Ys dump scandal-hit brands but stay quiet about it How blockchain is strengthening tuna traceability to combat illegal fishing Plastic and Waste in the Spotlight The Pimlico Plumbers case …