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Is the smart money still on smart beta?
Adherents of factor investing feel the sting from a long run of underperformance
Lacking a uniform definition, fund providers are using considerable latitude when attaching the smart beta label
Higher cost smart beta funds providing slight factor tilts are often outshone by cheaper ETFs
Strategy of focusing on unloved shares has endured a tough run since the 2008 crash
Adding an ethical tilt to a portfolio may not necessarily lead to better returns
Low yields and inflationary pressure are forcing a strategic rethink as investors consider value and quality
Vanguard’s easy to explain funds find broad appeal, but iShares still leads the pack
Shortcomings of focused funds are often exposed in adverse market conditions
As fund managers race to meet surging demand for sustainable investment, regulators are getting tough on greenwashing. Plus: activist shareholders make their mark; sin stocks; ESG with Chinese characteristics; climate-friendly pensions; is crypto a no-no?
Concerns about greenwashing have grown as sustainable finance has gone mainstream
The case for excluding ESG laggards is not clear-cut, though regulation may soon tip the balance
Probably not for bitcoin — but possibly yes for blockchain
The country’s net zero ambition is attractive, its human rights record less so
Asset managers are keen to benefit from a surge of investor money, but ESG branding can be risky
Pressure is growing on managers to stop lending to unsavoury regimes
Providers see engagement with savers as key to achieving net-zero ambitions
Activist shareholders are winning more support in their efforts to raise corporate standards
Experts discuss the opportunities and risks facing investment managers on the slow road back to normality
The market in sustainable debt is growing but issuers are being challenged on margins
Many creditworthy businesses have been paying down, rather than extending, precautionary borrowing
In the topsy-turvy world of developing world debt issuance, good times never seem to last
Wall Street bank will invest its own capital in climate-friendly exchange traded fund
Sustainability reporting standards are in the long-term interests of business and society
Budgetary pressure on donor countries has required innovative financing to speed up treatment rollouts
Activists say institutions are guilty of hypocrisy on ESG by ignoring industrial accidents
This age group is seen increasingly as driving sustainability — as decision makers and stakeholders
Companies build trust and reputation by monitoring relationships with stakeholders
Progress has been slow on reaching a global consensus on what can be called ‘sustainable’
Negotiations resume after Trump hiatus but relations beyond climate issues remain rocky
Bad news for rich people but records show natural rate of interest declines for decades
Strong rally in equities drives improvement in funding position of retirement schemes
Central banks must act before global warming hits sovereign debt, warns £366bn asset manager
UK’s largest workplace pension scheme refuses to pay the ‘two and 20’ model charged by buyout groups
The clean energy trade seems overcrowded for now
Paul Britton had dreamt of being a trader but he needed a thick skin to survive the Liffe pit
World’s second-largest asset manager and 42 other big investors make net zero commitment