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

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

Greenwashers Beware – Global Regulators Turn Their Attention To ESG Ratings Agencies

Greenwashers Beware – Global Regulators Turn Their Attention to ESG Ratings Agencies Investor appetite for sustainable assets has been growing rapidly. As institutions and organizations have increased their production of climate-friendly instruments and assets that incorporate environmental, social, and governance (ESG) concerns, the market for ESG ratings has exploded. However, in the absence of

By |2021-08-05T14:06:50+00:00July 20th, 2021|Finance, Learning Insights|0 Comments

Does Rising Inflation Herald A New Economic Reality Or Are Higher Prices A Blip On The Radar?

Does Rising Inflation Herald a new Economic Reality or are Higher Prices a Blip on the Radar? After a long hiatus, inflation is back. In June, the US recorded its highest annual inflation rate since 2008 and in the EU, last year’s deflation has turned into a healthy level of inflation. The turnaround

By |2021-08-05T14:07:51+00:00July 20th, 2021|Finance, Learning Insights|0 Comments

Big Oil, Big Problems: Listed Oil Majors Are Under Fire, But Oil Production Is Rising

Big Oil, Big Problems: Listed Oil Majors Are Under Fire, But Oil Production Is Rising During just a few days in May, three of the world’s largest listed oil companies were dealt powerful public blows by climate activists. In the face of shareholder revolts and legal challenges, energy supermajors including Chevron, Exxon Mobil,

By |2021-06-22T11:19:24+00:00June 22nd, 2021|Finance, Learning Insights|0 Comments

Cryptocurrency vs. Central Bank Money: Does the Future of Digital Currency Lie with Central Banks?

Cryptocurrency vs. Central Bank Money: Does the Future of Digital Currency Lie with Central Banks? As cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin become an increasingly established part of the financial landscape, central bankers have begun to explore the broader potential of digital currency more seriously. With a flood of white papers, task forces, and workshops,

By |2021-06-22T11:17:13+00:00June 22nd, 2021|Finance, Learning Insights|0 Comments

Year of the SPAC? Opportunities and Risks in the Listings Boom

Year of the SPAC? Opportunities and Risks in the Listings Boom In recent years, special purpose acquisition companies (SPACs) have exploded in popularity and today, they account for a sizeable proportion of total IPO funding. Once viewed as a listing backdoor for weaker firms, they are now seen as an efficient and simplified vehicle

By |2021-04-20T14:47:46+00:00April 20th, 2021|Finance, Learning Insights|0 Comments