ESG Reporting Revolution – Firms Must Grapple With The Need For Real Numbers

ESG Reporting Revolution – Firms Must Grapple With The Need For Real Numbers As socially responsible investing (SRI) became increasingly important to investors, many companies began to produce glossy annual sustainability reports. However, those reports often offered style over substance and a lack of widely accepted reporting standards meant that many companies were

By |2020-08-19T11:05:18+00:00August 18th, 2020|Finance, Learning Insights|0 Comments

As LIBOR Deadline Looms, Low SOFR Swap Volumes Threaten Efforts to Build Term Rates

As LIBOR Deadline Looms, Low SOFR Swap Volumes Threaten Efforts to Build Term Rates LIBOR, which serves as a reference rate for over $300 trillion of global financial contracts, is scheduled to be phased out by the end of next year. At that time, financial contracts will need to transition to new reference rates, with

By |2020-08-18T11:40:37+00:00August 18th, 2020|Finance, Learning Insights|0 Comments

Governments Are Borrowing At Record Rates, But Yields Remain Low (For Now)

Governments Are Borrowing At Record Rates, But Yields Remain Low (For Now) As governments around the world roll out enormous stimulus programs in a bid to resuscitate their pandemic-hit economies, government debt issuance has hit record levels. Yet, despite double-digit budget deficits around the world, yields on government debt remain low. Indeed, in some large

By |2020-07-21T10:03:18+00:00July 21st, 2020|Finance, Learning Insights|0 Comments

Combatting COVID-19: How Central Banks Are Responding To The Crisis

Combatting COVID-19: How Central Banks Are Responding To The Crisis Global central banks – namely the US Federal Reserve (Fed), the European Central Bank (ECB), and the Bank of Japan (BOJ) – have responded with unprecedented intensity to the economic crisis that has followed in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic. They have rapidly deployed

By |2020-06-19T16:23:47+00:00June 19th, 2020|Finance, Learning Insights|0 Comments

Winners And Losers As Market Volatility Returns

Winners And Losers As Market Volatility Returns In the years following the global financial crisis (GFC), market volatility remained relatively muted, generally moving within a narrow band. Supported by modest but steady economic growth and accommodative monetary policy, global stock markets experienced few pronounced ups and downs for most of the last decade. Then, in

By |2020-06-19T16:23:25+00:00June 19th, 2020|Finance, Learning Insights|0 Comments

Which Companies Will Pass the Coronavirus ESG Test?

Which Companies Will Pass the Coronavirus ESG Test? As the coronavirus ravages economies worldwide, companies are struggling to pay workers and keep the lights on. Declining economic activity has sent carbon emissions plummeting and unemployment soaring, and many businesses are now reliant on the government for working capital. Against this backdrop, many are questioning companies’

By |2020-05-20T13:38:50+00:00May 20th, 2020|Finance, Learning Insights|0 Comments

Coronavirus Downturn vs. Global Financial Crisis

Coronavirus Downturn vs. Global Financial Crisis When the coronavirus crisis first hit, many optimistically predicted a rapid economic rebound in the second half of the year. The outlook has since darkened, with rising fears of widespread bankruptcies, sovereign defaults, long-term unemployment, and a slow and painful recovery. In many ways, what started as a short

By |2020-05-19T11:51:46+00:00May 19th, 2020|Finance, Learning Insights|0 Comments

Banks Are Holding Up Amidst Coronavirus Chaos – So Far

Banks Are Holding Up Amidst Coronavirus Chaos – So Far In the wake of the 2008 financial crisis, governments around the world made a concerted effort to enhance the stability and security of the global financial system. Through global regulatory frameworks such as Basel III and domestic regulatory efforts such as the US Dodd-Frank Act,

By |2020-04-27T10:59:49+00:00April 27th, 2020|Finance, Learning Insights|0 Comments

Coronavirus Set To Crush Emerging Markets In Worst-Ever Crisis

Coronavirus Set To Crush Emerging Markets In Worst-Ever Crisis As some European and North American coronavirus hotspots start to see light at the end of the tunnel, many emerging markets are bracing for the worst of the impact. More and more developing countries are imposing lockdowns to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, even

By |2020-04-20T15:40:27+00:00April 20th, 2020|Finance, Learning Insights|0 Comments

How Pension Funds Can Lead The Way In Responsible Investing

How Pension Funds Can Lead The Way In Responsible Investing Globally, pension funds hold an estimated $20 trillion in assets, making them the single largest asset pool in the world. Given their size – and the fact that they are long-term investors – many have looked to pension funds for leadership in the field of

By |2020-03-26T15:51:02+00:00March 26th, 2020|Finance, Learning Insights|0 Comments