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Man v machine in ESG ratings

The battle between man and machine, that has played out in various arenas – such as Garry Kasporov versus IBM’s Big Blue, and when IBM’s supercomputer Watson out-dueled Jeopardy champions Ken Jennings and Brian Rutter – is now taking place in sustainability research. So will AI prevail again?
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Rising to the challenge

Boards and investment committees must rise to the current challenge, with governance models needing a pivot to respond to the new social distancing norm. Roger Urwin outlines a virtual investment committee model.
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Revolutionising private market reporting

Nearly 10 years ago Lorelei Graye was part of the team at South Carolina that pushed for private market reporting transparency. That experience has motivated her to be a part of the solution in heading up the ADS Initiative to develop global data standards for private capital. We look at the journey to get there.
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Ford’s global pension data tool

The multi-national car company, Ford, was faced with a massive data challenge as it sought to compare the impact of its 120 pension schemes, which it offers across 36 countries. It hired Redington to help and the result is the first worldwide pensions data analytics tool.
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Wisconsin’s data solution

David Villa, CIO of the $110 billion State of Wisconsin Investment Board is worried about the outlook for returns. As a result he’s significantly underweight sovereign bonds in favour of cash. But he’s also positioning the organisation to do better analytics for more complicated portfolios, another result of a low return environment. The fund is working on at least five data and technology projects and has hired a chief technology and operations officer.
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Investors cluster around AI SDG platform

A growing number of influential asset owners have expressed interest in a new sustainable development investment (SDI) Asset Owner Investor Platform launched by Dutch funds APG and PGGM. The AI-driven technology sifts through reams of structured and unstructured data to gauge the extent to which companies’ products and activities meet the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.
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SWFs act LT, and collaborate, to thrive

SWFs are long-term investors and will weather whatever storm is coming, says Majed Al Romaithi, chair of IFSWF and executive director of the strategy and planning department at ADIA, who also encouraged investors to consider risk in a more “sophisticated” way.
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Financial professionals should leverage

Financial professionals must learn to leverage disruption so that it can be used to clearly establish our purpose and our value to our clients and our investors. CFA Institute's CEO Paul Smith argues we should not fear it, nor should we fight it.
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