Sustainability: Investment is Booming in Germany

Demand for ESG-compliant funds is high, but how much growth is there? According to the latest market report by the German professional association FNG, investments by German private investors in sustainable investments rose by 96 percent to 18.3 billion euros, as the market for sustainable investment funds and mandates in Germany is experiencing a real boom.

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Digitization in Reporting: Trend Continues

As of January 1st 2020 there is a new regulation. European capital market-oriented companies must now prepare their annual financial reports in a single electronic reporting format, the ESEF format, in order to facilitate and simplify the accessibility, analysis and comparability of annual financial reports.

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Economic Data Looks Better Than Expected

There is hope, even if the figures of the national economy indicate otherwise. Martin Moryson, DWS’s Chief Economist for Europe, recalls once again that in April German manufacturing industries received more than a third fewer orders than in the previous year.

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Deficiencies in ESG Ratings

The private bank Berenberg published a very decisive result in a study: most ESG ratings on the market are unsatisfactory and do not allow investors to see the investment opportunities.

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AllianzGI: Creation of a Global Platform for Fixed Income

According to AllianzGI, an integrated global fixed income platform will be set up under the leadership of Franck Dixmier of the asset manager Allianz Global Investors. The team will have the largest credit research team in the industry with more than 25 credit specialists.

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Impact Investing Manager to be Appointed by NNIP

There is a new addition to the team of Dutch asset managers NN Investment Partners. Marina Iodice, who has ten years of experience in the areas of responsible investing and impact investing, will join the Sustainable & Impact Equity team in The Hague as a new senior portfolio manager for impact investing as of July 1st.

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Good Stock Market Sentiment and Current Data – Both Actually not Compatible

The pandemic is far from over. Nevertheless, according to the investment professional Ralph Rickassel of PMP Vermögensmanagement, an astonishing optimism is spreading in the capital markets.

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Fund Industry Lags Behind in Sustainability

This is at least shown by a study in which no provider achieved the best rating. There is therefore still a lot of catching up to do when it comes to ESG, especially since the topic of sustainability has grown considerably in recent years.

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Extra Returns in the Crisis

According to ESG specialist Jenn-Hui Tann of Fidelity International, ESG aspects are also ensuring that this is the case in the corona crisis, as sustainably managed companies have performed significantly better than the rest of the market.

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Fund Management Team of Top ESG Funds is Brought in by the British Asset Manager

We are talking here about the British asset manager Artemis Investment Management, which has taken on the ESG fund team from Kames Capital. Team members Neil Goddin, Craig Bonthron, Ryan Smith and Jonathan Parson are scheduled to come in the autumn and launch a sustainability fund for global equities focusing on disruptive and innovative companies.

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