ANALYSIS

G20’s climate reporting proposal

A Financial Stability Board task force has released its report on company disclosure of climate risk. Its recommendations include placing responsibility for climate change reporting with boards.
ANALYSIS

Managers top owners on climate risk

The asset-management industry is still taking more active steps to address climate risk than asset owners are, an annual Asset Owners Disclosure Project benchmark report has found.
ANALYSIS

Cyber, financial and climate risks

From quantum computing increasing the risk of damaging cyber attacks to towering global debt levels, pension funds are being urged to adopt clear risk strategies to manage emerging risks.
INVESTOR PROFILE

HSBC Pension’s innovative DC offering

HSBC Bank (UK) Pension Scheme is an innovative hybrid fund that incorporates a climate tilt for its global equities default in DC, while in the DB portion it remains focused on de-risking.
ANALYSIS

OTPP advises on climate risk mitigation

Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan (OTPP), an investor known for its advanced risk-management tools and processes, considers that the common tools available to investors to mitigate carbon risk for investors – portfolio carbon footprints and thematic divestment – provide incomplete risk management. The fund has suggested macro- and microanalysis is necessary to understand a company’s complete... Read more »
ANALYSIS

How to allocate assets to combat climate risk

  Mercer’s extensive climate change report, launched today, gives investors a practical framework for monitoring and managing climate risk, shifting the discussion from philosophical agreement to practical investment implementation.   In Investing in a time of climate change Mercer outlines extensive dynamic investment modelling that analyses changes in the return expectations of assets between 2015... Read more »
RESEARCH

Beyond divestment

While divestment is a useful tool to communicate concerns of climate risk to stakeholders, it is not an optimal investment strategy, in part because it ignores short-term benchmark risk. A research paper by MSCI provides a framework for evaluating ways to reduce two dimensions of carbon exposure – current carbon emissions and potential future emissions... Read more »
ANALYSIS

Investors alter allocations because of climate risks

A number of large institutional investors, including AP1, the Environment Agency and AustralianSuper, made changes to their strategic asset allocation as a result of Mercer’s 2011 study on climate risks, and now the consultant is working with a new raft of investors to assess forward-looking climate change scenarios against their current allocations. Meanwhile one of... Read more »
INVESTOR PROFILE

Risks are multi-faceted and evolving: Litterman

If Robert Litterman were a CIO of a public pension plan he would not try to hit an “unrealistic return target”. Amanda White speaks to him about risk, quants, asset allocation and climate change. There is a serious problem with US public pension funds and the “unrealistic commitments and unrealistic return targets” they have set,... Read more »
OPINION

How trustees can tackle climate investment risks

Trustees need practical guidance on how to implement a comprehensive investment approach to climate change. Helga Birgden, head of responsible investment for Asia Pacific at Mercer and Nathan Fabian chief executive of the Investor Group on Climate Change Australia/New Zealand,  show them how. In the 2013 Global Investor Survey on Climate Change, more than 80... Read more »
ANALYSIS

Wake up to wasted capital, stranded assets

Sobering new figures in the latest report to highlight climate risk should resonate with trustees more than usual. According to the second study from Carbon Tracker and the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, part of the London School of Economics Unburnable carbon 2013: Wasted capital and stranded assets, between 60 and... Read more »