Prevention is the balm for global economic shock, says respected central bank adviser Professor Warwick McKibbin who says the world’s economic future is uncertain and inflation is likely to remain under a persistent pandemic.
As geopolitical risks increasingly stalk developed markets, asset owners sifting through the noise for long-term trends believe a fragmented world is here to stay. We spoke to CalSTRS, OPTrust, PFA and USS about the impact on their portfolios.
Finance education needs to move away from neo-classical economics towards a more holistic approach including sustainability, philosophy and ethics. Robeco is actively engaging with leading universities in The Netherlands to change the curriculum.
COVID-19 has exacerbated retirement insecurity and governments need to use this as an opportunity to examine their system inadequacies and make improvements according to David Knox, partner at Mercer and author of the annual Mercer CFA Institute Global Pension index which measures adequacy, sustainability and integrity of 39 retirement systems.
The global macro-economic future remains precarious amongst huge uncertainties according to the head of the capital markets department at the IMF, Tobias Adrian, who warns of fragilities including the disconnection between the real economy and financial markets, and growing debt, as potential interruption to future growth.
The future of active investment will be grounded in engagement. Robeco is in the process of designing new portfolios so the manager engages with every portfolio company. Engagement specialist, Peter van der Werf explains how engagement drives returns.
Being a signatory to the Business Roundtable’s statement of the purpose of a corporation did not bear fruit when it came to a company’s responsiveness to COVID-19 pandemic and inequality issues, a groundbreaking new initiative has revealed.
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