Buy side Monthly archive

Sep 27, 2021
Opinion: Options markets reveal true significance of AGMs
A central question in corporate finance is how to ensure management acts in the best interest of shareholders. Shareholder meetings play an essential role in keeping management accountable, ensuring greater transparency and bringing shareholders into decisions. From electing members to the board to approving new securities or payment of dividends, important proposals are often voted on at these annual meetings. One would expect, as such, that the markets would react...
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Sep 23, 2021
Record August for asset flows into ETFs and ETPs
August saw record asset flows into globally listed ETFs and exchange-traded products (ETPs), according to consultancy ETFGI. In the same month, globally listed ETFs and ETPs gathered net inflows of $94.64 bn, which brings year-to-date net inflows to $834.21 bn – a significant jump on the $427.56 bn seen in August 2020. The figure is also larger than the net inflows for all of 2020, which totaled $762.77 bn.  Assets invested in the global ETF and ETP...
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Sep 21, 2021
Investors allocating more of portfolios to ESG investment
Investors are allocating a higher portion of their portfolios to ESG-oriented investments, according to a survey by BNP Paribas. Almost half of investors (47 percent) say ESG will be central to almost everything they do in two years. Currently, 66 percent of investors incorporate ESG into less than half of their portfolios, while more than two fifths are incorporating a quarter or less of their portfolio into ESG.  Only a third of investors are incorporating...
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Sep 10, 2021
FRC publishes signatories to new UK Stewardship Code
The Financial Reporting Council (FRC) has announced details of the 125 successful signatories – representing £20 tn ($28 tn) in assets under management – to its new UK Stewardship Code. Following a review process that considered organizations’ investment styles, sizes and types, 125 out of 189 applications made the FRC’s list – the regulator’s first since the stewardship code was revised in 2020. The FRC received applications from 147 asset manag...
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Sep 07, 2021
Fidelity launches global fund to capture opportunity from climate solutions
Fidelity International has launched a new fund that invests in companies supporting the shift to a low-carbon economy. The Fidelity Funds – Sustainable Climate Solutions Fund will have a global remit and focus on products and services helping to limit global warming, such as electric cars, renewable energy, industrial automation and green hydrogen. The fund will be run by lead portfolio manager Velislava Dimitrova and co-portfolio manager Cornelia Furse. Di...
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Sep 06, 2021
Investors boost pay scrutiny at European companies
Investors tightened the screw on European companies over executive pay this proxy season, with a rise in the number of contested votes covering remuneration issues, according to a new report by Georgeson. The number of pay-related resolutions experiencing significant opposition – defined as 10 percent or more votes against – rose by 18 percent year on year, reveals the study...
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