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Investors can save our way of life (and their own)
rethink sustainability

Investors can save our way of life (and their own)

For too long most professional investors operated on the basis that it really did not matter if the businesses they backed damaged the environment, or our health or our living standards. So-called externalities were the business of government to sort out. Investors’ responsibility was simply to evaluate whether shares were good or bad value on the basis of whatever financial metric they preferred or was fashionable. But the rise of populism, and the associated life-or-death challenge to economic liberalism, means that the prudent investor can no longer sit on the sidelines and ignore the benign and toxic spinoffs from corporate conduct. Sustainable investing means harnessing the power of capital to foster a sustainable society.

What will the children of today - the investors of tomorrow - want from their investments? The answer - an awful lot. The next generation look like they will be more socially and environmentally engaged than the last few. They know they are stakeholders in the future of the world rather than just shareholders in the world’s listed companies. So, while they are sure to still want to make financial returns from their cash, they are also likely to want to see good come from the way in which their money is invested. What kind of good? The answer to that is going to be different for every investor. That’s why the future of investment is a collaborative one. If the financial services industry wants to serve the next generation properly, it must spend less time assuming it knows what the young want and more time asking them what they want

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Climate changes the agenda at IMF meeting

It is the starkest warning of recent history. The world needs to make "rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society" over the next decade in order to keep climate change at bay and limit the threat of a raft of natural disasters affecting millions of people.

FBN Next Generation Lombard Odier Award 2018 champions the next generation of entrepreneurs

The Family Business Network (FBN) and Lombard Odier have rewarded three exceptionally promising young family business entrepreneurs as finalists in the 10th FBN NxG Lombard Odier Award. The finalists had the opportunity to pitch their projects to over 500 family business leaders at the FBN 29th Global Summit in Venice on 12th October, where the overall winner was revealed.

Mounting pressure from higher dollar funding costs and trade tensions

Our central scenario does not foresee a major downturn over the next year or so, only some deceleration in world economic growth. The balance of risks is nonetheless becoming less favourable, owing to tighter US monetary policy and the escalating trade dispute between the two economic powerhouses. A progressive reduction of portfolio risk is thus warranted, towards a more neutral positioning.

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Welcome to the sustainability revolution

The next economic revolution is already underway. The most fundamental shift in the history of humanity. And this revolution bears the name sustainability. It’s more than just an environmental issue.

Tech is transforming the face of philanthropy younger, faster, higher impact.They are digital natives, and want engagement – volunteering time for fundraising, crowdfunding or fieldwork – plus storytelling of causes that should be tweetable and repeatable.

Oil: Commodities’ bright spot
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Oil: Commodities’ bright spot

Brent crude oil is trading close to a four-year high, at USD 841 per barrel, while commodity markets are more widely experiencing their longest losing streak in more than three years. This dispersion between commodity returns is wide and needs investors’ attention in portfolios in a strong dollar environment and rising US interest rates. While crude oil has gained more than 26% since the start of 2018, the broad Bloomberg Commodity Index has fallen around 1% over the same period. In this article, we look at the supply and demand dynamics on the oil market, the impact on inflation and the implications for investors in three market scenarios.

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