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Wall Street Journal (November 16)

2021/ 11/ 17 by jd in Global News

Royal Dutch Shell will abandon its complicated dual British/Dutch structure, moving its headquarters to London. The move is being made to “help facilitate returns to shareholders and make it simpler to change up its portfolio of assets” as it transitions to low-carbon energy. The move should also improve the company’s “flexibility to buy back shares.”


Institutional Investor (August 25)

2020/ 08/ 27 by jd in Global News

“ESG investments have proven effective at reducing risk and delivering returns comparable to those of non-ESG oriented funds. During the stock market collapse in the first quarter of 2020, Morningstar found that all but two out of 26 ESG indexes suffered fewer losses than their conventional counterparts. Studies from Morgan Stanley and MSCI have found no financial trade-off in the returns delivered by ESG funds relative to traditional funds.”


Institutional Investor (December 14)

2018/ 12/ 15 by jd in Global News

“Institutional investors have long been skeptical that impact funds can deliver the returns they need to meet their investment objectives.’ But Impact Capital Investors a consortium of multiple investment firms is attempting to make the case with convincing evidence that investors “don’t have to trade high returns for so-called impact investing, or investing with social, environmental, and other objectives.”


Reuters (February 21)

2018/ 02/ 23 by jd in Global News

“The recent surge in market volatility, by some measures one of the most dramatic on record, will have zero impact on investor returns beyond a few months. Literally zero.” Investors are better to hold tight to their investments. “In fact, the turbulence that wiped $4 trillion off the value of world stocks earlier this month is already fading.”


Institutional Investor (July 20)

2017/ 07/ 22 by jd in Global News

“After eight straight months of positive returns, hedge funds may have finally redeemed themselves in the eyes of investors…. Total industry assets under management rose by $34.1 billion to $3.1 trillion, with positive returns boosting asset growth. The renewed interest in hedge funds comes in the midst of industry’s greatest period of performance since the financial crisis.”


Reuters (July 11)

2017/ 07/ 12 by jd in Global News

As its first family fights publicly in an unprecedented and ugly manner, the “shrinking returns” of its sovereign wealth fund, GIC, “are adding gloom to Singapore. The sovereign wealth fund, which manages an estimated $343 billion of assets, has delivered its worst annual performance since 2001 barring the financial crisis.” Moreover, the “outlook is depressing too” as GIC prepares for “a protracted period of low returns.”


Euromoney (November Issue)

2014/ 11/ 16 by jd in Global News

With returns on some Ukraine sovereign debt exceeding 16%, there are obviously concerns over a possible default. “Ukraine’s policymakers, however, are adamant that default or even restructuring is out of the question. The main reasons given are national pride and, more cogently, a desire to maintain access to international capital markets.”


Institutional Investor (March 19)

2014/ 03/ 20 by jd in Global News

Volatility divides. Too much and it can be catastrophic. Too little and returns shrivel.” Increasingly investors are moving beyond hedging volatility to “trading volatility itself.” While specialists have been doing this for some time, trading volatility has “become more mainstream” since 2008 and the “go-to tool” many investors use to trade volatility is now “the VIX itself.”


Financial Times (November 3)

2013/ 11/ 04 by jd in Global News

“Some kinds of public investment bring very high returns for the rest of the economy–such as spending on basic scientific research or fixing infrastructure bottlenecks–and they are under grave threat from today’s swingeing spending cuts in the US.” Austerity is reigning in public sector capital investment, which “has dropped to just 3.6 per cent of US output compared with a postwar average of 5 per cent.”


Wall Street Journal (October 30)

2013/ 10/ 30 by jd in Global News

Al Gore warns a carbon asset bubble “is still growing because most market participants are mistakenly treating carbon risk as an uncertainty, and are thus failing to incorporate it in investment analyses. By overlooking a known material-risk factor, investors are exposing their portfolios to an externality that should be integrated into the capital allocation process.” If we are to avoid catastrophic levels of global warming, many fossil fuel reserves will ultimately end up as stranded carbon assets. “The transition to a low carbon future will revolutionize the global economy and present significant opportunities for superior investment returns. However, investors must also acknowledge that carbon risk is real and growing. Inaction is no longer prudent.”


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