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Letter from the US: On a secure retirement path

July/August 2019 (magazine)By Maria Teresa Cometto

The most significant changes to US retirement plans in more than a decade look set to be approved by Congress. On 23 May, the House of Representatives passed the Secure Act – Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement – by 417-3, and the Senate is also likely to approve it, with President Donald Trump unopposed.

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Letter from the US: Practitioners defend ESG from executive threat

June 2019 (Magazine)By Maria Teresa Cometto

The proxy season was different in the US this time around. Environmental, social and governance (ESG) resolutions – as well as the use of those criteria for investing – are under scrutiny by the Trump administration and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

Personalised TDFs on the rise

May 2019 (Magazine)By Maria Teresa Cometto

The newest trend in 401(k) plans is launching personalised versions of target-date funds (TDFs)

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Letter from the US: The $20bn club shifts strategy

April 2019 (Magazine)By Maria Teresa Cometto

The funded status of US corporate defined benefit (DB) plans is getting better, thanks to investment gains and higher corporate bond interest rates that decrease liabilities. 

Hedge funds under scrutiny

March 2019 (Magazine)By Maria Teresa Cometto

Last year was good for hedge funds in terms of raising new money. But at the same time the industry suffered its biggest annual loss since 2011

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Is BlackRock set to revive annuities?

February 2019 (Magazine)By Maria Teresa Cometto

What can happen if the largest global asset manager teams up with the largest software company, which also happen to be the first and second largest companies in the world by market cap?

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Animal welfare: Probing the global meat complex

July/August 2019 (magazine)By Raj Thamotheram,

Everyone knows about ‘big oil’ and how much influence the global agribusiness sector has. But there is less awareness about the negative impacts of meat producers – the ‘global meat complex’. 

Guest viewpoint: Adam Matthews and John Howchin

July/August 2019 (magazine)

“The Brumadinho dam tragedy causes us to question if we have created the conditions for a set of disasters”

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Long-term matters: Exxon’s AGM – can investors learn from the slave trade?

June 2019 (Magazine)By Raj Thamotheram,

English evangelical protestants allied with the Quakers initiated the campaign to abolish the UK slave trade in the early nineteenth century. Two centuries later, the Vatican has said that climate change is a “moral and religious imperative for humanity”. Will the fate of fossil fuel companies be defined by public, sovereign and religious investors? And can other investors watch from the sidelines?

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Guest viewpoint: Beat Zaugg

June 2019 (Magazine)By

A striking indication of ESG’s importance in Switzerland is that Ueli Maurer, the country’s president, will be the keynote speaker at the Swiss Sustainable Finance annual conference in Bern

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Brussels People: Europe’s conservatives eye Africa

April 2019 (Magazine)By Jeremy Woolfe

Describing himself as “the most senior elected Brit in Brussels” and speaking ahead of 29 March when he and the UK’s 72 other MEPs were set to relinquish their mandate in the European Parliament, Syed Kamall is keen to speak about matters other than Europe. 

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Firebrand targets supervision

March 2019 (Magazine)By Jeremy Woolfe

One of the knottier issues in Brussels at the moment is the future of the European supervisory authorities 

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Banking on life after politics

February 2019 (Magazine)By Jeremy Woolfe

At 49, Brian Hayes is young man by political standards. Having started in Irish politics early with his appointment to the Irish Senate in the mid 1990s, Hayes was elected to the Dáil, the lower house, before he was 30, taking a seat for the Fine Gail party. 

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Brussels People – Lieve Wierinck: Building on Europe’s scientific base

January 2019 (magazine)By Jeremy Woolfe

Lieve Wierinck’s main political passion is ensuring the EU takes full practical advantage of Europe’s excellent scientific base

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Brussels People: Sven Giegold, MEP

December 2018 (magazine)By Jeremy Woolfe

While he derives some satisfaction from advances in green energy and the like, Sven Giegold is unhappy that most global investment can still be classed as environmentally unsustainable. 

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Letter from Brussels: Brussels seeks to bolster secondary market in non-performing loans

November 2018 (magazine)By Jeremy Woolfe

Are non-peforming loans an investor’s dream come true? Or do they represent immeasurable risks?

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