Smart beta and Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) integration have both gathered strong momentum, with significant asset growth in strategies using each discipline. Multifactor smart beta strategies, with their longer-term focus and factor diversification, provide a natural platform for the integration of ESG.
When everything is in motion, standing still just won’t cut it. Amazon is a prescient example of an innovative company catching competitors on their heels, even those in different sectors. In this quarter’s Investment Outlook we’ll consider the investment risks associated with companies ill prepared for a paradigm shift , like the secular transition to a low carbon economy currently underway.
The queen bee is dying. Youve heard of her, right? Shes that senior businesswoman at the top of her field who didnt help other women get aheador, worse yet, actively worked against them. Was she just a natural bitch?
Why should you invest in women? Because it’s 2016. Because it’s the right thing to do. Because you want a better world for your daughter. But perhaps most importantly, because the business case for investing in women is now beyond compelling—in our opinion, it is overwhelming.
Equality is one of those concepts that sounds simple (and should be simple), but in reality is quite complex. The same goes for diversity. And the real trick is not in achieving one or the other, but both.
Equal pay for equal work: its not just the law, it makes sense financially and ethically. But just because something is sensible doesnt make it standard operating procedure. Every country in the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has a gender pay gap, ranging from Koreas 36.6% pay gap to New Zealands 5.6%.1
Imagine walking into your first Wall Street job, fresh out of college, ready to take on the world. That was me twenty-five years ago when I boldly entered the world of finance as a sales assistant for two institutional brokers.
Do you remember when 62 million girls were denied an education?1 Or when a third of women worldwide experienced physical or sexual violence?2 Or 5,000 girls were victims of honor killings annually? 3 You should, because these arent references to the distant past. This is happening today - in 2016.