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Beyond the acronym, navigating important ESG choices

A topic that was once considered niche is now an enduring component of the investment decision-making process. Here we cover the fundamental investment approaches and strategies that consider ESG matters.

Four reasons ESG investing continues to grow

Although Australian investors are among the most ESG-aware in the world, with the vast majority wanting responsible and ethical investments, there are still some misconceptions to dispel.

Will millennials change the investment landscape?

Impact investing is moving out of the fringe and into mainstream investing, and the trend is supported by millennials who will soon benefit from a massive wealth transfer.

Looking behind the screens of ESG investing

ESG investing is becoming more of a mainstream consideration for investors. Asset managers are facing the challenge of having to meet clients' non-material requirements as well as their long-term financial goals.

Sin stocks, divestment and the right to choose

It's a dilemma for fund managers to make divestment decisions on behalf of investors based on philosophical grounds. Does it reflect the investors' beliefs and will it adversely impact returns?

Sustainable, responsible or ethical – what’s the difference?

Responsible investing is increasingly mainstream and relevant, but there are many words used to describe similar activities. What do they all mean and how do managers decide where to invest?

Responsible investing is now retail and mainstream

Banks are walking away from resources projects, super funds are dumping stocks based on human rights issues and climate change related shareholder resolutions are gaining wide support.

Impact investing: wealth creation with a social return

Impact investing is a growing field that is helping to address many of society’s most pressing challenges. It aims to achieve a financial return, as well as positive social, cultural or environmental impacts.

Divesting from fossil fuels and from rational economics

John D Rockefeller turned in his grave when the news drifted in that the Rockefeller Brothers Fund was divesting from fossil fuel companies. What are the responsibilities of companies, funds, directors and trustees?

Impact investing – Australian market in 2014

Cuffelinks reader, Josh, asks: "Can you tell me about Impact Investment, how do I do this, and where do I go?" The market is gradually unlocking the challenges and potential of this sector.

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Is the fossil fuel narrative simply too convenient?

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Anton in 2006 v 2022, it's deja vu (all over again)

What was bothering markets in 2006? Try the end of cheap money, bond yields rising, high energy prices and record high commodity prices feeding inflation. Who says these are 'unprecedented' times? It's 2006 v 2022.

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