Recent AIQ Features

Have traditional safe havens lost their edge?

9 Jun 2020

COVID-19 has reminded investors of the importance of defensive positions within portfolios during times of stress. But are the ‘safe havens’ of the past still up to the task?

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What makes a company resilient in a crisis?

9 Jun 2020

As the COVID-19 pandemic hits global economies, equity investors are redoubling their focus on corporate resilience. But what does resilience mean in the current context – and which companies have it?

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Where to go in an income drought?

9 Jun 2020

Income investors face multiple challenges – dividend cuts, historically low yields, rising corporate defaults, and an uncertain property market. Francois de Bruin goes in search of sustainable income sources.

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Cinderella science? Why portfolio construction holds the key to resilient investment outcomes

9 Jun 2020

It is one thing to have a good investment idea, but quite another to extract the maximum potential from that idea and combine it with others to create an optimal portfolio. This is where portfolio construction comes in.

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The AIQ Podcast: The psychology of climate change

4 Mar 2020

This latest episode of the AIQ Podcast explores the psychology of climate change and how to engage individuals in the quest for solutions.

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Climate change: The journey from denial to crisis

28 Feb 2020

More than 40 years since a senior NASA scientist told US Congress of concerns about human activities disrupting the climate, experts are warning of an impending climate catastrophe and the financial sector is wrestling with the implications.

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Why asset managers cannot be passive on climate change

28 Feb 2020

As active investors step up their engagement efforts on the climate crisis, discussions need to be at the CEO rather than board level, argues David Cumming.

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Apathy, anger, action: The psychology of climate change

28 Feb 2020

Psychological barriers can prevent people from acting to avert the climate threat, even when they recognise the problem. So how can we best engage individuals, companies and communities in the quest for solutions?

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Stranded! When assets become liabilities

28 Feb 2020

Until recently, many investors made light of dire warnings of the risks posed by assets becoming “stranded” by climate change. However, as the threat becomes reality, fears are mounting that whole industries could be wiped out.

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‘Sticking’ it to carbon: The pros and cons of taxing emissions

28 Feb 2020

With governments urged to do more to tackle climate change, carbon taxes are being touted as a politically expedient solution.

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Slash and burn: The link between land use and climate change

28 Feb 2020

Poor land management contributes to rising global temperatures. But solutions are emerging as new technologies improve farming efficiency and consumers shift towards climate-friendly diets.

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Hot water: The threat of warming oceans

28 Feb 2020

As the challenges posed by climate change continue to loom large, due attention should be given to oceans, not just the solid ground under our feet and the air we breathe.

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An inconvenient transition

28 Feb 2020

Despite deafening calls for countries and companies to step up to fight the climate crisis, research suggests individuals – especially in the developed world – could also make a massive difference if they committed to getting by with less. But will they?

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Climate data: Seeing through the fog

28 Feb 2020

Big data is heralded as the answer to almost every problem, so why not the climate crisis?

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Nuclear: From pariah to saviour?

28 Feb 2020

As the old saying goes, desperate times call for desperate measures. Despite lingering public anxiety around safety, there are growing calls for the world to look again at nuclear power as part of the solution to the climate crisis.

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Biological annihilation: The facts behind the threats to biodiversity and ecosystems

28 Feb 2020

Over 100 billion people have walked the planet, making a gigantic stamp on the Earth. Around three quarters of the land and around two-thirds of the marine environment have been significantly altered by humans, impacting the carbon cycle and changing the prospects for many species.

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