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Sustainable Finance Initiative – MiFID II suitability requirements – feedback requested

EU proposals to include ESG as part of investment and advice processes. 20 June 2018 Update:   Our published response can be found here. ===== On 24 May 2018 the EU published draft recommendations proposing the inclusion of ESG within the obligatory advice process as part of their ongoing work supporting the growth of Sustainable Finance. Their draft […]

Citywire Wealth Manager ‘Screened, Themed & Engaged’ event article

I am delighted to share an article that Libby Ashby from Citywire has kindly written about our ‘Screened, Themed and Engaged 2017’ event which she attended. This article was published in Citywire’s Wealth Manager magasine today (3 November 2017).             Libby Ashby asks: When will ESG be fully integrated into mainstream investing? Last month […]

ILP Moneyfacts SRI articles: Climate Risk and Ethical Fund Survey

  This month saw the publication of two SRI/ethical investment articles in ‘Investment Life and Pensions Moneyfacts’ magazine.  One was written by Moneyfacts editor Richard Eagling, the other by myself. See here for the ILP Moneyfacts annual ethical and SRI fund survey – Ethical Funds Survey July 2017 See here for my climate risk article (and in particular […]

NRG – a topsy turvy case study

I have Raj Thamothram of Preventable Surprises to ‘thank’ for bringing this shocker of a story to my attention. In brief – this is a tale of the investment markets rewarding a company for turning its back on green issues and attempting to turn back the clock. There is much to say and many questions to ask – including how […]

HLEG – EU sustainable finance interim report published

The EU has recently published its High Level Expert Group (HLEG) Sustainable Finance interim report. This ambitious and significant report covers issues ranging from financing greener infrastructure to the labelling SRI funds. Although mainly aimed at institutions the implication is that the final recommendations will also impact individual (retail) investors. The EU plans to start implementing changes at the start of 2018 […]

SwissRe switch all assets to ESG indices

Reports in the FT and elsewhere today announce the important news that SwissRe now integrates Environmental, Social and Governance issues across all their equity and fixed income investment assets. They are doing so by using benchmarks based on the highly regarded MSCI ESG methodology. The first section of the SwissRe media release (from their website) is reproduced […]

Actuaries issued climate change Risk Alert

Actuaries sent risk warning by professional body (IFoA) regarding material risk of climate change for pension schemes and other clients.

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FCA opens discussion on impact of climate change and green finance on financial services
October 15, 2018

SRI Services welcomes today’s announcement, which reads as follows: FCA opens a discussion on the impact of climate change and green finance on financial services Press Releases Published: 15/10/2018 Last updated: 15/10/2018 The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has today published a Discussion Paper on climate change and green finance. The effects of climate change and the associated transition to […]

New PRA report: The Impact of climate change on the UK banking sector
September 30, 2018

The Bank of England has taken a leadership position on climate change for a number of years. Governor Mark Carney’s ‘Tragedy of the horizons’ speech in 2015 set the scene for how the Bank viewed the issue of climate risk. Their subsequent work on the FSB TCFD framework has put climate change on the agenda for […]

How not to do SRI. Guardian article on Goldman Sachs ‘Just’ fund
September 30, 2018

I am not close enough to say whether or not the specifics of this article are correct, yet none of it really surprises me… The financial services community has a reputation for audacity and struggles to earn trust. Reading this article makes the risks associated with the SRI market ‘going mainstream’ very clear. The piece […]