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Investors should confront the dark side of tech

9 Jul 2021

Technology firms are often favoured by ESG funds because of their ostensibly clean, asset-light business models. But investors need to look deeper and challenge unethical and unsustainable practices across the industry, argue Louise Piffaut and Charles Devereux.

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China’s Big Tech crackdown

5 Jul 2021

Like Washington and Brussels, Beijing is worried about the growing power of large technology companies. But China’s regulators are taking swifter, more radical action than their peers in the West.

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The Anti-Social Network

2 Jul 2021

Facebook, Twitter and other platforms are drawing criticism for their failure to tackle hate content. But will the hit to their reputation do any lasting commercial damage?

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The taming of the few

1 Jul 2021

Regulatory authorities around the world are targeting the big US tech giants. However, while investors need to keep a watchful eye on developments, Big Tech’s stranglehold and influence on numerous economic sectors will be hard to loosen.

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Is there now ‘value’ in value investing?

2 Jun 2021

Value or growth? It is an age-old debate and, as Giles Parkinson argues, a slightly irrelevant one given the changing makeup of the economy and the gentle decoupling of intrinsic value from financial statements.

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Green is not always clean: Rising tide of greenwash brings risks for investors

19 May 2021

Some companies have long sought to mislead the public about their commitments to sustainability, but greenwashing has become more widespread and sophisticated in recent years. Now regulators and investors are fighting back.

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How COVID-19 is accelerating the use of new technologies in construction and manufacturing

14 May 2021

During the pandemic, companies have stepped up investments in technology to communicate remotely with customers and keep their businesses running. As well as boosting efficiency and profitability, it also creating investment opportunities in previously overlooked areas.

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Flipside: Not all externalities are negative

4 May 2021

ESG factors have long been viewed as risk factors to manage. Giles Parkinson explores the flipside of this proposition, contending that positive externalities are an under-leveraged investment opportunity.

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What does the data say? Vaccines, illiquidity and managers called Dave

26 Mar 2021

In the first of a new monthly series, we take a visual approach to illustrate topical data themes in economies, markets and beyond. This month we look at the correlation between stock market performance and vaccinations, the illiquidity premium in real assets, and whether there are still more men called Dave running funds than female managers.

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Why it is getting harder to assess value in financial markets

19 Mar 2021

Massive intervention by central banks and governments in recent years has left investors struggling to value financial assets.

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Levelling up

18 Mar 2021

The coronavirus pandemic has spurred companies to upgrade their digital capabilities, boosting productivity and creating investment opportunities in previously overlooked niches.

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The new struggle for global supremacy could disrupt financial markets

17 Mar 2021

China’s economic rise threatens US supremacy and the global economic and financial order built up since 1945.

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