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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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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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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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ESG challenges for investing in the modern age

by Will Baylis

In this modern age of climate change and the ‘me-too’ movement, Environmental and Social factors have become increasingly important investment risk factors to consider. For our analysts, they have also been important discussion points with Australian companies during the August 2019 reporting season.

18 September 2019
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Real assets: Empowered by Asian energy demand

by Daniel Fitzgerald

Continued high growth in energy demand in the Asia Pacific ex Japan region should bring opportunities for listed real asset utilities.

16 September 2019
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Investing in the ‘Real Asset’ Australian dream

by Ashton Reid

While we’ve all experienced the frustrations of road congestion, that queue at the supermarket or indeed the rising cost of life’s necessities, there is a ‘Real’ way to ease the burden.

2 August 2019
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Lessons from the rise of UK digital banks

by Matthew Davison

Matthew Davison, senior research analyst for Martin Currie Australia, reports back from his UK research trip that despite the tough banking market conditions, it’s not all doom and gloom for banks.

31 July 2019
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The transition from coal to renewable energy

by Will Baylis

In the Australian market, we see the transition from coal to renewable energy as well under way, and we are happy to help our clients be a part of this evolution towards a cleaner, lower carbon future.

4 July 2019