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Sustainability

Big data, ESG ratings help find alpha

Companies that deliver on sustainability are starting to trade at a premium and investors need to shop for value. New research, by George Serafeim, professor of business administration, Harvard Business School, shows big data and ESG ratings can combine to find alpha.
PRI In Person '17

Debate around fiduciary duty moves on

Fiduciary duty shouldn’t be a barrier to investing according to ESG principles, said Marcel Barros, executive director of Latin America’s largest pension fund, the Banco do Brasil SA, or PREVI, talking at PRI in Person 2015, the annual conference for the UN-supported international network of investors working to put Principles for Responsible Investment into practice. […]
News

Demystifying private equity

US public pension funds, on average, have around 9.4 per cent allocated to private equity but for many public funds monitoring the firms that manage these investments – including the transparency of underlying investments, fees, performance and benchmarking – as well justifying these investments to boards and stakeholders, takes up more than 10 per cent […]
Opinion

Big owners should act like big owners

One of the key ways that institutional investors can promote a long-term orientation in the companies they invest, is by rejecting a company’s compensation plan if it puts too much emphasis on short-term results, says Bob Pozen, visiting senior lecturer at the MIT Sloan School of Management. Writing in the Financial Analysts Journal, he says […]
In Conversation

Why integrated reporting makes sense: Robert Eccles

Robert Eccles has been trying to change the nature of corporate reporting for more than 20 years. He has been an advocate for supplementing financials with information on non-financial factors that are leading indicators of financial results – such as product development, customer satisfaction and the development of intangible assets. The premise is those companies […]
News

The Fama of modern finance

When Eugene Fama enrolled at Chicago Booth School of Business in 1960, “finance was a joke”, he says in a candid and fascinating insight into his more than 50 years as a student, academic and teacher at the university. The essay, published by Chicago Booth’s Capital Ideas, details Fama’s own history but also a short […]
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