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A ‘Sputnik Moment’ with China?

Whither United States-China? Stephen Kotkin, Professor in History and International Affairs at Princeton University and adviser to www.top1000funds.com, discusses the changing nature of the complex relationship between the US and China and the struggle underway as these two large economies find their positions in the economic and technological hierarchy. So what should investors watch for?
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Dutch fund prioritises labour rights

The €9 billion ($10 billion) Dutch fund for disabled workers, PWRI, has introduced a proprietary index that tilts towards companies that prioritise workers’ rights and health and safety issues. It’s a revolutionary approach to reflect the fund’s distinctive ESG priorities and a guide for other investors wanting to prioritise the “s” in ESG.
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NZ investors act on terror attack

New Zealand’s largest investors are urging Facebook, Google and Twitter to take more responsibility for what is published on their platforms, following the live-streaming and sharing on social media of last week’s Christchurch terror attacks. They are calling on other global investors to act with them.
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UK’s CEPB favours private markets

The UK’s £2 billion Church of England Pension Board, the pension fund for church clergy has changed strategy, slashing its equity portfolio in favour of private markets in a bid to seek stronger returns, income and a shelter from equity volatility.
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ATP’s approach to ESG

The giant Danish fund, ATP, takes a comprehensive approach to ESG including voting and engagement, as well as a large investment in green bonds. Ole Buhl is vice president and head of ESG at ATP explains.
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Portable alpha slashes pension deficit

The $15 billion International Paper corporate pension fund may be on a de-risking glide path, but vice president of investments Robert Hunkeler proves there is still plenty of room for innovation, including portable alpha. All investments are outsourced.
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CFA drives diversity agenda

The CFA Institute will work with 30 asset owners and managers as “experimental partners”, implementing diversity and inclusion action plans in their businesses. We spoke to CFA's Rebecca Fender and CalSTRS' Chris Ailman about the importance of diversity. #BalanceforBetter
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