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Private wants, public needs
4 Sep 2019
With society facing many urgent and complex challenges, deciding who is best-placed to deliver solutions has become an emotive and often political subject. We assess whether there is a better way to utilise the skills and resources of the public, private and third sectors for the greater good.
European high streets brace themselves for change
29 Aug 2019
Hardly a day goes by without at least one negative headline bemoaning the impact of disruption in retail markets on high streets and shopping centres. While this is true in the US and the UK, Chris Urwin examines whether European high streets will face a similar threat.
Re-imagining partnerships in infrastructure finance
1 Aug 2019
While the shape of the UK’s future relationship with its European neighbours is still unclear, the question of how to finance infrastructure fit for the 21st century is equally pressing, argues Darryl Murphy.
ESG and real assets: A matter of balance
11 Jul 2019
Assessing ESG risks within real asset investments is far from straightforward. Mark Versey and Stanley Kwong use five case studies to illustrate the balance of ESG risk factors that affects investment decision-making, beyond simply trying to be ‘green’.
Rates, retail and polarisation: three themes for UK and European real estate
1 Jul 2019
Jonathan Bayfield and Vivienne Bolla discuss the outlook for UK and European real estate.
BP vote demonstrates power of engagement
28 Jun 2019
As climate change rises up the political agenda throughout the West and beyond, shareholders have an important role to play in limiting global fossil fuel consumption by pressuring oil companies to amend their strategies, argues Sora Utzinger.
Talent, clusters and scale: Identifying European office markets in the era of knowledge capitalism
26 Jun 2019
The role of a city is vastly different to fifty years ago. Chris Urwin, Director of Research – Real Assets, and Vivienne Bolla, Research Analyst – Real Assets explain why talent, clusters and scale are key factors in determining which cities – and therefore European office markets – will thrive in the years ahead.
'Fairtrade for finance' should be a badge of honour - not a rubber stamp
21 Jun 2019
A Fairtrade-style kitemark for responsible investment is in the pipeline. Properly implemented, the initiative should improve industry standards on ESG, writes Steve Waygood.
Modern Monetary Theory: Could it go mainstream?
12 Jun 2019
An obscure and heterodox branch of economic theory is quickly gaining support from prominent politicians in the US and beyond, which could have big implications for policymaking, argues David Nowakowski.
ESG focus: Sustainability under Brazil’s strongman
7 Jun 2019
Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro may threaten to roll back important environmental policies protecting the Amazon, but companies – and investors – don’t have to follow suit.
ESG gets physical: The role of real assets in creating a sustainable future
4 Jun 2019
Physical assets, particularly infrastructure and real estate, have a critical role to play in facilitating the transition towards a more sustainable economy and a greener world. As ultimate asset owners, investors are deeply engaged in the issues, and incorporating environmental, social and governance (ESG) considerations is a fundamental part of an asset manager’s duty to their clients.
China property: Building concerns
31 May 2019
China’s property market is a microcosm of China’s debt problem, with mega developers potentially becoming ‘too big to fail’. While returns have been strong and selective opportunities can still be found, investor caution is deepening as the authorities tackle systemic weakness.