We’re seeing a global trend towards responsible investing. Increasingly, institutional investors are recognising the potential for ESG factors to affect the valuation and financial performance of the companies they invest in. At the same time, consumer demand for responsible investments is surging, especially from the younger generation.
“Responsible” or “sustainable” finance and a focus on environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors have moved firmly into the mainstream today.
This booklet presents the proof to address the issues around responsible investment implementation: statistics from across investment markets that show how significant this shift is.
When we first launched the Women In Alternative Investments Report (WAI Report) in 2001, we were among the few voices talking about women’s advancement in alternative investments. It was a delicate conversation and one that few people were comfortable having. But now, eight years later, the conversation has shifted. The issues have moved mainstream, the dialogue has broadened, and the voices are many, but change is afoot. Investors are pressuring Alternative Investment Firms to increase gender diversity at the funds and portfolios they invest in. Read the KPMG report to understand why achieving gender diversity is a business imperative.
The asset and fund management industry has grown signifcantly in the last decade, with surveys indicating about 65 percent growth since 2007, to over USD 80 trillion in assets under management worldwide.
As its importance to the world financial system – linking those with money to invest with enterprises and activities that require funding – is increasingly recognized, so both the industry and the regulators that police the sector become more prominent.
The industry and regulators are coming under pressure from a range of “external” voices – demanding investors and consumer groups, clamoring political and economic needs, changing priorities and hopes of civil society, an increasingly noisy press, the explosion in social media and the rapid growth of new technologies.
This sea of voices is directly influencing the regulatory agenda and increasing expectations on the industry. A fundamental rethink of firms’ mindset and investment offerings is required.
The success of every business is driven by the quality of its connections, whether with clients, employees, investors, suppliers, manufacturers or other key stakeholders. Increasingly, these relationships are measured through data-driven analytics, enhanced through video communication, and empowered through cloud computing and collaboration. As the volume of data grows, so do bandwidth requirements.
In today’s globalized business environment, the need to build strong relationships with partners, suppliers, internal teams, investors and customers is more important than ever. High-quality video conference calls enable you to communicate as effectively as actually being there in person, helping you to build the engaging relationships needed for success in business.
Published By: Commvault
Published Date: Jul 06, 2016
Email is the backbone of today’s corporate business processes. It lives as the primary communication vehicle internally between employees and externally with customers, vendors, partners and investors. It is arguably today’s most pervasive and critical business application within which is stored the most valuable business content. To protect this vital information while working to eliminate risk, lower management costs and improve business insight, companies require a comprehensive email archiving solution. This solution should not only work to effectively retain email information in a searchable repository, the best email archiving solutions also provide a smarter approach to collecting, retaining and accessing data so that it can deliver true business value.
Published By: Salesforce
Published Date: Nov 19, 2015
Based on responses from more than 1,100 adults who currently have investments, the research found the wave of millennials (ages 18-34) entering the market is not only putting pressure on financial advisors to use newer technologies in managing their money, but also pushing even Gen Xers (ages 35-54) and baby boomers (ages 55+) toward more modern financial tools, such as modeling on mobile devices or online portfolio rebalancing.
Published By: Salesforce
Published Date: Jan 08, 2016
In the next five years, more than $2 trillion is expected to transfer between generations. To capitalize on this massive redistribution of wealth, financial advisors need to meet the demands of today’s clients who are social, mobile, more connected, better informed and looking to collaborate with their advisors when they want, where they want. In fact, according to the Salesforce Connected Investor report, 55% of investors want to work more closely with their advisors. To succeed, advisors must have relationships with their clients that are deeper than just the numbers, and focus on individuals and their unique needs.
Published By: Salesforce
Published Date: Oct 14, 2019
Many investors were concerned over the inverted US yield curve and recessionary fears. The inversion was due to the Federal Reserve’s (Fed) excessive tightening steps in 2018 amid rising US-China trade tensions. Citi analysts believe the turn to easing by the Fed and numerous other central banks, as well as a likely more cautious approach to trade negotiations, could help to cushion risk assets.
Citigold is Citi’s premium wealth management solution that is designed to meet the global banking and investment needs of affluent individuals with investable assets of USD 200,000 (or in equivalent currencies) and above.
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This leading global financial services firm provides a wide range of investment banking, securities, investment management, and wealth management services. It has offices in countries around the world and serves corporations, governments, and institutions as well as individual investors.
Attracting Investors Webinar: With more than $18 billion in M&A activity in the first half of last year alone, the colocation industry is riding the bubble of rapid growth. Colocation data center providers are being evaluated by a wide range of investors, with varying experience and perspectives. Understanding the evaluation criteria is a critical competency for attracting the right type of investor and investment to your colocation business. Steve Wallage, Managing Director of Broad Group Consulting, has led more than 30 due diligence projects and will discuss specific areas of focus including assessment of financials, management, customers, business plan, competitive positioning and future strategy and exit.
By attending this presentation colocation providers will:
• Hear how investors are assessing colocation providers
• Understand different types of investor strategy and positioning
• Explore actual case studies –success stories as well as examples where investors walked away
• Walk away with a greater understanding of how to not only attract investment, but the right type of investor to propel their business growth
Organizations need resilience in the face of an increasingly broad and unpredictable risk landscape. This is especially true when it comes to energy and sustainability.
Investors and customers alike recognize the effects of climate change and other factors that increase volatility. And the pressure these and other groups are applying to drive change can no longer be ignored.
With rising demands for shorter lead-times, faster throughput, improved quality and lower costs, automated manufacturing systems have become essential to the success of U.S. manufacturing. Their benefits stretch across numerous industries and production methods; however, their complexity can oftentimes be intimidating to first-time investors. Within this white paper, manufacturers can uncover the information necessary to properly plan and specify the integration of a new automated manufacturing system.
In 2017, Europe produced more Of its electricity from solar, wind and biomass resources than from coal.
Today's market is more volatile, with greater variability in energy sources due in large part to the desire to reduce environmental damage. The European Union (EU) is on track to achieve its 2020 goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 20% compared to 1990 levels l by reducing its reliance on carbon-based power.
This paper examines the five most critical variables that investors, developers, and others must recognise in the due diligence process before investing in a new power generation project in Europe.
Money makes the world go ‘round, but can you tell your organisation’s “money story”—how it generates revenue and profits, maximises cash flow and steers clear of trouble? Not the practiced version that is supplied to the company’s investors, but the actual per unit economics, the metrics indicating the financial viability of the
organisation, what is working well and what needs to be improved, and when to hit the brakes or pound the accelerator?
Many in the United States’ power generation
industry no doubt long for the relative market
tranquility of the late 20th century. The generation
plants built and operated then were carbon-fueled
or nuclear-powered, with a few hydro-electric
plants sprinkled in. The economics were largely
stable and predictable, often thanks to regulation
that shielded utilities from market fluctuations.
But even in those simpler times, when the
market was far less volatile, there was still
much due diligence required when investors
and developers were considering multi-milliondollar commitments in new generation projects.
Today’s market is more volatile, due in large part
to the disruptive effect of low-cost natural gas
and the subsequent, rapid growth of affordable
As more uneconomical and inefficient generation
plants go offline, there is, for the most part,
sufficient carbon-free or carbon-reduced
generation to meet the growing demand for
electric energy. There are pockets of growth
Impending IFRS 17 regulation will overhaul accounting standards for insurers, primarily in the European Union, Asia, Latin America and Canada. Greater detail, transparency and comparability will give analysts and investors more insight into a company’s financial health than ever before.
For most insurers, the transition to IFRS 17 will have a visible impact on financial statements and key performance indicators – and not in a good way. Implementing the IT architecture for it will be a serious undertaking.
This white paper explains why insurers should be taking action now to prepare for the new requirements, and what to look for in an IFRS 17 solution.
Published By: HP Inc.
Published Date: Jul 03, 2019
hile Bitcoin took a bit of a beating in August 2018, it did little
to dampen interest in the obviously volatile cryptocurrency
market. Bitcoin lost 20 percent of its value in just two weeks in
August, according to some reports1
, and yet there appears to be
substantial optimism in the currency. According to one report2
, there were
96 new crypto hedge funds launched in the first seven months of 2018 and
when the Turkish Lira plummeted 20 percent in August 2018, there was a
surge in Bitcoin trading3
. Cryptocurrency is clearly here to stay and while that
may whet the appetite of brave investors, it’s also a magnet for crime.
Unsurprisingly perhaps, hackers are targeting4
exchanges but what many businesses and individuals may not
realize is that there is serious money to be made in actually
performing admin functions for the currencies themselves.
Called cryptomining, it can be big business. Some reports5
suggested that profits from mining have hit over $4 billion
Digital transformation (DX) has progressed well beyond the abundant hype predicting it to where it is now an existential concern for many enterprises. We are at an inflection point as digital transformation efforts shift from "project" or "initiative" status to strategic business imperatives. Growing enterprises,
regardless of age or industry, are striving to become "digital native" in the way their executives and employees think, what they produce, and how they operate. IDC predicts that by 2021, at least 50% of global GDP will be digitized, with growth in every industry driven by digitally enhanced offerings, operations, and relationships, and that by 2020, investors will use platform/ecosystem, data value, and customer engagement metrics as valuation factors for all enterprises.
This paper focuses on analyzing Singapore's new prime areas - Marina Bay and Sentosa Cove - as well as the emerging prime areas - Ophir-Rocher Beach Road Tanjong Pagar and Keppel Bay - against the traditional prime districts. The growing response of homebuyers and investors to the residential properties in new and emerging prime areas has helped to establish price levels that are similar to the traditional prime districts. It is a new dawn of the horizon for the nation, as changes to the urban fabric of the city state will continue to challenge preconceived idea of prime districts.
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Independent external audits of GAAP financial statements are an inescapable reality for finance professionals. External audits are required by statute for public companies and are also becoming the norm among private companies experiencing growing demands for transparency from regulators, investors, and other stakeholders.
Published By: Skillsoft
Published Date: Jul 23, 2014
This ExecBlueprint provides practical advice for developing such a code that will go beyond “window dressing” and inspire leaders and employees alike to build and sustain a compliant and ethical culture. While acting ethically is important for its own sake, the authors also provide pragmatic reasoning for fostering such a culture: ethical organizations earn the trust — and loyalty — of employees, customers, and investors. Accordingly, the code should be simple to understand, widely circulated, and aggressively enforced. But most importantly: adherence starts at the top.
Part art, part science, sales forecasting can be daunting for new and experienced sales leaders alike. Your sales forecast is required for successful company planning, and when it goes wrong, the dominoes begin to fall: your executives, investors, and even the public may question your credibility.
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