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Sarita Gosrani, bfinance

Sustainable infrastructure tops popularity stakes

Sustainable infrastructure is proving an attractive asset class for long-term investors with an eye on the green transition. According to figures from the Bloomberg New Energy Finance Renewable Energy Investment Tracker, in the first six months of 2023, investors channelled USD358 billion of new capital to renewable energy projects. 

Leanne Clements, The People's Partnership

Asset managers under fire over stewardship

The short-term interests of asset managers may be trumping the long-term interests of their institutional investor clients when it comes to stewardship, which has lead UK pension funds to call for urgent action.

Venture capitalists face all the challenges

It is tough out there for venture capitalists as persistently high interest rates dog a sector reliant on long-term leverage, and this difficult environment looks set to last.

Extreme weather poses significant portfolio risks

Climate change could wipe out the value of 50 per cent of the value of some institutional investors’ infrastructure portfolios before 2050, yet these risks are neither fully understood nor properly priced in, according to the EDHEC Infrastructure and Private Assets Institute.

Outsourcing CIO model set to grow

British Airways, BAE Systems, Royal Mail, Centrica, National Grid and Kier are among the big-name UK organisations that have opted for the outsourced CIO model to oversee their multi-billion-pound pension arrangements, and with the market expected to grow to USD3 trillion by end of 2026, we can expect many more asset owners to follow suit.

Will Edwards, S&P Global Ratings

AIFs turn to debt amid tough economic conditions

Alternative assets funds under are predicted to reach as much as USD25.3 trillion worldwide by 2027 representing a compound annual growth rate of 7 per cent since 2018, according to figures from PwC.

Bob Campion, Charles Stanley Fiduciary Management

Charles Stanley research reflects on LDI crisis

It has been nearly a year since then Prime Minister Liz Truss’ ‘mini-Budget’ caused a collapse in gilt prices which wiped GBP500 million wiped from the UK’s defined benefit (DB) pension schemes and caused a crisis in confidence in the widespread use of liability-driven investment (LDI) strategies.

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