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Can plastic packaging actually be sustainable?

by Chris Schade

Plastic as a packaging material has a strong overall value proposition, but its sub-optimal end of life outcomes are a sustainability concern for consumers, brands, retailers and investors.

5 December 2019
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Latest Stewardship activity November

by David Sheasby

In case there were any doubts about the increasing focus on responsible investment, the PRI in Person, the leading global conference on the subject, was attended this year by more than 1,600 delegates – making it the largest responsible investment conference to date.

22 November 2019
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Brazil – Turning point for equity culture?

by Kim Catechis

When real rates are high, it’s easy to keep your clients happy. This will result in a wider dispersion in returns, as investment managers begin to demonstrate their worth. This is the turning point for equity culture in Brazil – the job just got more complex!

4 November 2019
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How to engage in a sugar fix for developing markets

by Jim Power

We will, and do use our position as a large shareholder to engage with companies to bring about ESG change when we think it will protect and enhance the risk-adjusted return on our clients’ capital.

29 October 2019
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Latest Stewardship Activity: September

by David Sheasby

In case there were any doubts about the increasing focus on responsible investment, the PRI in Person, the leading global conference on the subject, was attended this year by more than 1,600 delegates – making it the largest responsible investment conference to date

28 October 2019
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Australian house prices set for a boost

by Matthew Davison

The impact of low cash rates, and the loosening of mortgage lending guidance has started to show up in house price data. My analysis of bank credit supply and demand suggests that the upward trend in house prices is set to continue.

4 October 2019
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Opening up another front: Capital Markets

by Kim Catechis

Investors appear to have gradually become numbed to the seemingly endless flow of tweets and leaks from the White House and the ensuing furore over trying to interpret soundbites, but this is one that should be taken seriously.

2 October 2019