Greenflation: Why the Energy Transition is Sending Commodity Prices Soaring

Greenflation: Why the Energy Transition is Sending Commodity Prices Soaring As the world embraces commodity-hungry green technologies, demand for metals and minerals is soaring. Yet the push to protect the environment is also constraining investment in new mining and extraction projects. The result is rapidly rising prices for energy, minerals, and metals. This

By |2021-12-13T12:07:06+00:00December 13th, 2021|Finance, Learning Insights|0 Comments

Banks Grapple with Challenges as they Seek to Implement Sustainable Finance Strategies

Banks Grapple with Challenges as they Seek to Implement Sustainable Finance Strategies Under pressure from clients and regulators, banks are trying to adopt new strategies designed to channel funding into sustainable economic activities. But the process has been challenging and uneven. A lack of clarity on key definitions and a shortage of necessary

By |2021-12-13T11:32:25+00:00December 13th, 2021|Finance, Learning Insights|0 Comments

European Funds Warn of Greenwashing Epidemic Amid Confusion Over Sustainability Disclosure Rules

European Funds Warn of Greenwashing Epidemic Amid Confusion Over Sustainability Disclosure Rules As European asset managers scramble to implement the Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation (SFDR), they are warning of a significant risk of greenwashing. With little clarity on what makes a fund “sustainable,” it is possible that asset managers may mislabel instruments, leading

By |2021-11-15T14:53:35+00:00November 15th, 2021|Finance, Learning Insights|0 Comments

As Bitcoin-Related ETFs Launch, Traditional Financial Firms Are Poised to Dominate the New Market

As Bitcoin-Related ETFs Launch, Traditional Financial Firms Are Poised to Dominate the New Market With the launch of the first US-based Bitcoin futures exchange-traded funds (ETFs) in October, crypto assets took another important step toward mainstream acceptance. Many questions remain, including the timeline for ETFs that invest directly in coins (rather than futures)

By |2021-11-15T14:53:27+00:00November 12th, 2021|Finance, Learning Insights|0 Comments

Global Supply Chains are Under Pressure and it’s a Problem

Global Supply Chains are Under Pressure and it’s a Problem  Around the world, supply chains are groaning under the weight of pandemic disruptions, materials shortages, and a lack of key workers. In some places, such as the UK, these problems are being exacerbated by domestic factors. At the same time, reopening is driving record levels

By |2021-11-11T11:51:08+00:00October 13th, 2021|Finance|0 Comments

Energy Prices are Spiking as the World Weighs its Climate Change Agenda

Energy Prices are Spiking as the World Weighs its Climate Change Agenda Even as world leaders prepare to gather at the UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26), global fossil fuel prices are spiking. Oil prices have hit three-year highs and natural gas prices are soaring amid rising demand and supply challenges.

By |2021-11-11T11:51:20+00:00September 29th, 2021|Finance|0 Comments

What is the SFDR? Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation

What is the SFDR? Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation In March 2021, the European Union's Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation (SFDR) came into force. The SFDR is designed to help institutional asset owners and retail clients understand, compare, and monitor the sustainability characteristics of investment funds by standardizing sustainability disclosures. Under the SFDR, firms must

By |2021-11-15T14:53:15+00:00August 26th, 2021|Finance, Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Applications of Artificial Intelligence in Banking and Finance

The Applications of Artificial Intelligence in Banking and Finance Artificial intelligence (AI) has revolutionized financial technology (FinTech), introducing a wide range of new tools that are transforming the business of finance across departments and functions. This article gives a brief intro into three areas AI is applied in finance: Credit risk Fraud &

By |2021-08-24T13:28:20+00:00August 24th, 2021|Finance|0 Comments

Blockchain Bonds Could Slash Costs, But Serious Investment Is Needed to Modernize the Industry

Blockchain Bonds Could Slash Costs, But Serious Investment Is Needed to Modernize the Industry Like trade finance, bond markets have traditionally been manual, paper-intensive, and tech-shy. Outside of large, liquid markets like US Treasuries, fixed income trading is often done over the counter (OTC) and bond issuance involves large volumes of paperwork and

By |2021-08-20T12:23:26+00:00August 20th, 2021|Finance, Learning Insights|0 Comments

Regulation Could Help Move Cryptocurrencies into the Mainstream but Regulators Have Been Slow to Step Up

Regulation Could Help Move Cryptocurrencies into the Mainstream but Regulators Have Been Slow to Step Up The crypto assets market is rapidly becoming too big to ignore. Cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin are attracting significant capital inflows and major financial institutions are increasingly interested in crypto as an asset class. However, despite the growing importance

By |2021-08-20T11:03:16+00:00August 20th, 2021|Finance|0 Comments