ESG research in action: could investors have seen the PG&E bankruptcy coming?
29 January 2019|4 min
Today, January 29th, Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) filed for bankruptcy in the US, as its potential liabilities relating to California wildfires continued to mount. We explore whether ESG research picked up the risks to the firm’s stability long before they emerged in financial terms.
Smoke where there’s fire – how we take warnings from ESG analysis
11 January 2019|4 min
We recently launched a range of socially responsible investment portfolios, that consider environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues alongside traditional investment metrics. But why should investors consider ESG and how can it identify risks and opportunities?
Understanding what’s behind ‘better’ social responsibility
11 January 2019|3 min
We recently launched a radically transparent new approach to portfolio scoring because, even as investment professionals, we often found it difficult to understand the true impact of ‘sustainable’ or ‘ethical’ investment strategies. Here’s a guide to help you understand how the scores add up.
How investing with hindsight could have worked in 2018
9 January 2019|3 min
John Authers, formerly of the Financial Times but now at Bloomberg, conducts an annual assessment of what investment strategy would have worked in the past year, for the fictitious hedge fund ‘Hindsight Capital’ employing something we might all wish we could use to make decisions – perfect hindsight. Here’s how it panned out for 2018.
A bumpy December in markets continues
27 December 2018|2 min
In markets, when there are very light trading volumes as we often see in the final ten days of December, we can experience exaggerated price changes. We’ve seen this play out in the last few days and it has resulted in a wild ride in markets, with a distinct lack of pre-Christmas cheer.
Bitcoin’s rollercoaster year casts a shadow on cryptocurrencies
13 December 2018|4 min
Twelve months ago, cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin were the talk of financial markets and news outlets alike, as prices increased and their disruptive qualities were discussed. But many investors speculated a bubble may be forming in cryptocurrency prices. So how have they fared since then?
Why socially responsible investing – and why now?
19 November 2018|3 min
For some time now, our customers have been asking us to help them invest in line with their values. We know that values are inherently personal, so we wanted to be sure we could truly offer something that would work for a broad range of investors, without compromising performance.
Markets in October 2018 – just how bad was the ‘correction’?
6 November 2018|3 min
Seasonality can be an important theme in the markets, and October can often prove to be a tricky month. This particular October joins a much broader roll call of bad months for global markets. Here’s a look back at how the story unfolded and what it means for markets over the weeks and months to come.