Finance

Finance as a catalyst for positive change

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The fundamental role the financial sector plays in helping secure the objectives set out in the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) was made clear at the opening of the SDG tent yesterday in Davos during the World Economic Forum. For the first time ever, the top five risks reported in… Read More »



Bitcoin: it’s time to seize the opportunity

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The current economic climate is a concern for investors. Trade-restructuring, high levels of liquidity, systemically-low inflation, inverted yield curves, negative-yielding bonds, historically tight employment markets, and significant leverage at both consumer and government levels are just some of the factors that suggest we are in a world where monetary and… Read More »


Varma has updated its investment blacklist – industries excluded for ethical and climate reasons

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As part of Varma’s updated Principles for Responsible Investment, climate change has been given more weight and emission-generating industries are subject to enhanced monitoring. At the same time, Varma has updated its list of excluded investees, i.e. its investment blacklist. “As owners, our priority is to engage with the company… Read More »


Impact Investing: Making Good with Your Investments

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Socially responsible investments (SRI) or ethical investment consists of any investment strategy which seeks to consider both financial returns and social good. While some investors simply avoid businesses involved in alcohol, tobacco, fast food, gambling, pornography, weapons or fossil fuel production, others integrate more complex data analysis on ESG (Environment,… Read More »


REYL & Cie Ltd acts as lead arranger of USD 30 million private bond issuance for Brazilian project

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REYL & Cie Ltd  acted as lead arranger for a multi-currency USD 30 million bond issuance in relation to Cidade Matarazzo, a large-scale real estate, hospitality and luxury retail project in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Cidade Matarazzo is the largest ongoing heritage renovation project in Brazil. It consists of multiple components… Read More »


The combined future of finance and sustainability

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Is growth sustainable? Since the 1970s, society has been aware that we are not living in a world with finite resources. This scarcity of raw materials is inevitably causing a loss of economic momentum, which is in line not only with a Newtonian mechanistic outlook, but is conversely in keeping… Read More »


Why The Global Sukuk Market Is Stalling In 2018

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The global sukuk market experienced a significant slowdown in issuance in the first half of 2018, as we predicted in January. Total sukuk issuance dropped by 15.3% compared with the same period last year, reaching $44.2 billion compared with $52.2 billion first half of 2017. This drop was even more… Read More »


New report reveals that global philanthropy is booming, yet most foundations still work in isolation

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The Global Philanthropy Report, conducted by researchers at Harvard Kennedy School’s Hauser Institute for Civil Society with funding from UBS, is the most comprehensive analysis to date of global philanthropic practices and trends. Key findings: The global philanthropy sector is young and growing fast, with 72 percent of foundations established… Read More »


S&P Global Ratings Launches Sustainable Finance Group To Expand ESG Analytics And Research Focus

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As part of its commitment to environmental, social, and governance (ESG) analytics and research along with innovation, S&P Global Ratings has established a Sustainable Finance Team within its Global Corporate and Infrastructure Ratings Practice. This team brings together and expands upon S&P Global Ratings’ ten-year track record of strong research… Read More »