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The State of Sustainable Investing in 2020 – Investopedia

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During the past decade, governments across the world have promulgated more than 500 new measures that seek to promote the use of environmental, social, and governance (ESG) criteria in making investment decisions. A comprehensive report from global public accounting and consulting firm KPMG International explores these three broad issues related to sustainable investing and its impact on the alternative investment industry: the rate of progress in implementing sustainable investing, the barriers to more rapid progress, and responses to these barriers.

Study Participants

The KPMG report was produced in collaboration with CREATE-Research, “an independent research boutique specializing in strategic change and the newly emerging business models in global asset management.” Other participants were the Alternative Investment Management Association (AIMA) and the CAIA Association, which offers the Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) certification. A total of 135 investment managers and pension consultants from 13 countries in all key regions of the globe participated in this research project.

Key Takeaways

  • Governments worldwide are promoting sustainable investing.
  • However, institutional investors are taking the lead in implementation.
  • “Creating businesses of enduring value” is a key goal.
  • Further progress is impeded by data and measurement problems.
  • Also, investment outcomes so far are largely uncertain.

Progress and Obstacles

According to hedge fund managers surveyed for the study, institutional investors are by far the leaders in promoting ESG-driven investing. However, only 15% of these hedge fund managers “have embedded ESG factors across their strategies.” More widespread adoption is hindered by the fact that 63% of them find a “lack of robust templates, consistent definitions and reliable data.”

Expectations and Outcomes

Among other institutional investors surveyed, 44% believe that ESG-oriented hedge funds can deliver enhanced alpha and reduce potentially large future risks, while 34% believe that adherence to ESG principles can have a material impact on the financial results of the companies in which they invest. On the other hand, 75% say that it is too early to tell whether sustainable investing indeed delivers superior returns, and 49% indicate that finding “consistent quality data” is a major hurdle to adoption.

Indeed, 71% of hedge fund managers and 75% of other institutional investors reported that outcomes of their ESG-oriented investments have been uncertain. Moreover, among those other institutional investors, 14% indicate that the results have been negative.

Early adopters of sustainable investing find that, because of excessive short-term focus, the markets have been slow to price in risks related to sustainability. On the other hand, they also indicate that advances in skills, data, and technology are helping to promote sustainable investing.

Opportunities and Approaches

While many hedge fund managers see problems with the quality of ESG data as a hindrance to adopting sustainable investing, others see potential market inefficiencies that can be exploited to deliver alpha. Among respondents, 47% indicated that their organizations were skeptical about ESG data, 9% were overwhelmed, 19% were inquisitive, and 25% were opportunistic.

Regarding how they use ESG criteria in making investment decisions, hedge fund managers cited several different approaches, the top three being integration (52%), negative screening (50%), and shareholder engagement (31%). Integration involves identifying key sustainability factors and using them in the decision process, often given equal weight to financial criteria. Negative screening excludes companies from consideration based on the “value system” of investors, and has been easy to implement. Shareholder engagement, wherein investors push corporate managements into adopting ESG principles, has been gaining “traction.”

Best Practices

The report acknowledges that best practices regarding ESG-guided investing remain “a moving target.” However, the survey indicates that four “key enablers” will be necessary to speed up the process of ESG implementation. These are guarding against “greenwashing,” compliance with industry codes and principles, improving ESG reporting, and adopting Active Ownership 2.0.

In this context, “greenwashing” is the process by which fund managers tout an ESG focus without having made a fundamental change in their investment processes. Among hedge fund managers responding to the survey, 41% see a significant amount of “greenwashing” in their industry, while 11% see some amount.

Regarding codes and principles, the UN Principles for Responsible Investing (PRI) have become a widely adopted standard among investment managers. Among the hedge fund managers responding to the survey, 35% are PRI signatories, and 17% are the process of becoming one. Meanwhile, 56% of managers are making PRI a key part of their cultures.

The “next frontier” for sustainable investing is measuring and reporting the non-financial impact of investments, the report notes. Currently, 57% of the hedge fund managers surveyed do not disclose performance with ESG metrics at all. Among the other institutional fund managers surveyed, 85% say that the hedge funds in which they invest do not offer any data at all on non-financial performance.

With respect to Active Ownership 2.0, the report indicates that 74% of the hedge fund managers surveyed rely on “shareholder engagement” to advance their ESG agendas. “However, except for high-profile proxy cases, end-investors do not as yet have a clear idea on what value is being generated by engagement activities due to a lack of fuller details,” the report adds.

The Value Proposition

“Sustainable investing is about creating businesses of enduring value,” the report asserts. While sustainable investing is gaining acceptance in the capital markets, it nonetheless is a “slow process,” but with large institutional investors at the forefront.

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Three strategies to help you take the emotion out of investing – Financial Post

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Martin Pelletier: Never let emotion drive the investment decision-making process

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Investors sometimes need a friendly reminder to play the long game, especially during these uncertain times when many are wondering if the recent market rally is just another head fake or the beginning of a sustainable recovery.

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We can’t blame them for their trepidation, because pundits keep telling us to place our bets on red or black and whether central banks such as the United States Federal Reserve are going to pivot or not with their ongoing tightening.

Strong employment data has central banks hiking rates by 75 basis points, sending markets lower one day, only to be followed by consumer price index data that has them hiking just 50 basis points, sending markets higher with the magnitude dependent on the level of duration exposure.

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This isn’t surprising given just how addicted we’ve become to loose monetary policy.

That said, there is something that we think can really help keep you centred and on the right path going forward: Instead of getting caught up in all this binary nonsense, remember that both bear and bull markets come and go, at times faster or slower than others, but they all ultimately come to an end at some point.

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The bottom line is that over the longer term, there must be a return on invested capital or else the system breaks, and the winners have always been those betting on capitalism, not against it.

Therefore, you shouldn’t get distracted by the daily ups and downs, but stick to your investment plan and play the long game. This doesn’t mean not being active in the management of your portfolio, especially when it comes to managing risk, far from it.

But, most importantly, never let emotion drive the investment decision-making process. Here are three ways to help prevent this from happening to your investment process.

Goals-based benchmarking

The problem with indexes is figuring out which is the correct one to choose to compare against your portfolio. This can lead to performance chasing even among investment pros who face career risk for not beating the hottest market.

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Since the Fed began quantitative easing back in 2009, the low-rate, longer-duration tech-orientated U.S. equity market has been the top performer, but many forget that during the prior decade, resource-based, commodity-oriented markets such as Canada and emerging markets were the ones in the spotlight.

Avoid all this by charting your own course. Set a target return to meet a certain financial goal specific to you and your family and reflective of the market conditions of the time. Then, position your portfolio to try to meet it by taking as little risk as possible.

Risk management

Understand there is a time to add risk and a time to reduce it, but not in an all-or-nothing fashion, otherwise there is the chance of missing out on market recoveries by capitulating at the bottom or, worse, adding at the top just before a market meltdown for fear of missing out.

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We’re eating our own cooking when it comes to this. Our risk-managed, goals-based approach meant slightly underperforming on last year’s rally, but greatly protecting this year’s downside. As a result, this has given us the ability to add more risk to portfolios over the past few months following this year’s large market drawdown.

This is another reason why my outlook has been more bullish over the past few weeks than others. By minimizing losses, I’ve prevented emotion from clouding my vision.

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Always keep moving

Movement is life, and those who become complacent end up being left behind. It is common among those in my industry to tout buying, holding and forgetting about it. For the most part, the thesis is right, but it shouldn’t be used as an excuse to not actively rebalance.

For example, a few months ago, we were adding to our underweight position in longer-duration growth segments of the market such as the S&P 500 given its large multiple contraction, which more recently is showing its merit. At the same time, we’ve been selectively adding to the energy space on the large selloff in June given our favourable long-term outlook for the sector.

Remember to play your own game, not someone else’s and you will do just fine. This is easier said than done, but we think deploying the aforementioned strategies around an individualized investment plan can greatly increase the probability of achieving your financial goals and objectives.

Martin Pelletier, CFA, is a senior portfolio manager at Wellington-Altus Private Counsel Inc, operating as TriVest Wealth Counsel, a private client and institutional investment firm specializing in discretionary risk-managed portfolios, investment audit/oversight and advanced tax, estate and wealth planning.

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Time to sell? How to manage your investment property as interest rates rise – Financial Post

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There are a few key things that owners should consider to decide if their investment is worthwhile

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Inflation is up more than 8%, the highest yearly change in almost four decades, according to Statistics Canada. And in a scramble to bring that inflation rate down, the Bank of Canada raised its benchmark rate to the highest amount since 1998: 2.5 per cent.

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The hope is that inflation gets back to a normal two per cent by 2024. For borrowers with fixed mortgage rates, they would have locked in a certain interest rate when they purchased their property. For variable-rate mortgages, the interest rate that the borrower pays is tied to the central bank’s inflation rate.

Canadian borrowers are dealing with a five-year fixed rate of around 4.5 to 5.5 per cent. Variable rates are in the 3.8 to 4.5 per cent range. And rates are at least two per cent higher than a year ago.

Now that the days of easy money are a distant memory, real estate investors affected by higher interest rates may have to adjust behaviours in order to maintain a positive cash flow—or at least break even during this difficult time.

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Remember, real estate is a long game

Big real estate investors, such as developers, buy properties to hold for years, through many up and down cycles.

“My views are that if you are going to invest you should be a long-term holder,” says developer Gino Nonni of Nonni Property Group.

“I don’t know how often you can buy something and then turn around and make a substantial profit in a short period of time. At minimum, mom and pop investors pay their mortgage down and typically the value of the asset will go up.”

He believes the shortage of land will always constrain supply and put pressure on prices. The result is a secure, long-term investment.

“That’s the way I view it, and that’s what I tell my friends when they ask. I tell them to always hold.”

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Put your investment in perspective

Millennial broker Jacky Chan, president of BakerWest Real Estate, has been investing in real estate his entire adult life. He prefers real estate to other investments because it’s less volatile, and with the world’s population growing by about 80 million people a year, people are always going to need a place to live. Prices may slow down, but overall they go up.

“The faster an investment moves, the closer you need to monitor it, especially with the recent hype of NFTs and cryptocurrency,” says Chan. “But look at any real estate market in the world with a growing population, and it was definitely cheaper 50 years ago than it is today.”

Two things matter in real estate investment, says Chan: positive cash flow and appreciation. If the investor isn’t over-leveraged by too much debt, they should maintain a long-term outlook and not get spooked by interest rate hikes.

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If you own a $1 million property and have a $500,000 mortgage at five per cent, you are, in simple terms, looking at $25,000 interest per year.

If the property increases by five per cent in a year on the $1 million investment, that’s an increase of $50,000, so the owner has a net positive of $25,000.

“Even though the rate has gone up, the real estate value is still increasing.”

When things are getting tight

Let’s say you purchased a condo to live in, and purchased another as an investment. With interest rates climbing, what happens if you took out a variable rate mortgage and the rent isn’t covering the higher mortgage payment? Mortgage advisor Alex McFadyen, of Thrive Mortgage, saw a lot of people buy second properties in the last couple of years, and they might now find themselves stretched. All experts will tell you that selling off the property should be a last resort, but how do you avoid that when costs are mounting?

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“Ask yourself if the property itself is really underwater, or are there expenses we can remove or eliminate?” says McFadyen. “That’s the first thing we determine.”

He gets his clients to write down all their property expenses, including management and maintenance fees, taxes, utilities, and any upcoming repairs on the home. If it’s a primary property that’s causing them stress, then he asks them to write out a cash flow budget spreadsheet to see what’s coming in and going out. McFadyen finds that the main culprit for expenses is often a car loan or credit card debt, or — more commonly these days — travel debt. Cut those debts and throw that money at your mortgage instead, he advises.

Take control of the situation

If expenses are truly unmanageable, McFadyen advises that clients consider consolidating debts with a loan, such as the possibility of taking out a second mortgage or home equity line of credit(HELOC) to get it under control. He predicts consolidation will be a “massive trend” in the next 12 months.

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“I ask my clients, ‘are you able to sleep at night right now?’ If someone isn’t able to effectively get out of debt, what is the downside of setting yourself up with a second mortgage or HELOC to help things?”

McFayden has a client who owes nearly $75,000, which caused their credit score to go down to the low 500s (a good score should stay above 650). By consolidating their debt, it became a more manageable single payment instead of several payments that were only covering the interest owed. The key thing is to do it before you’re drowning in debt.

Restructure for bumpy times

Long term, everyone agrees that real estate will go up in value, so do what it takes to get through the interim.

McFadyen is helping some of his clients to re-amortize their 20-year mortgages to 30 years, for example. With a longer amortization period, the clients have reduced monthly payments, which helpsto reduce expenses and eliminate payment shock.

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McFayden also advises mortgage holders coming up for renewal to consider a refinance option and lock into a one- or two-year mortgage, until rates settle down. If historical trends are an indicator, we are near the peak, he says. A lot of his clients are taking that approach because there is good value in short-term mortgages, if rates do come back down as expected. That means the borrower isn’t locked in at a higher rate. Additionally, they don’t face a huge penalty, if they do want to take advantage of lower rates.

“We’ve seen folks worried about rising mortgage payments and we’ve helped them lock into short terms, to stem the tide,” says McFadyen.

But also, know when to sell

That said, when a person is over-leveraged, with negative cash flow and sleepless nights, then it could be time to sell that investment property. You’ve got to think about your mental health, advises McFadyen.

“If you are significantly underwater and it’s not only impacting your quality of life and there are no options to re-amortize or consolidate debt, and you can’t afford to make payments and it’s impacting your quality of life, and if the property also has upcoming expenses, then we would recommend letting it go,” he says. “If they are in so much stress and they have the ability to get out from under it, they should consider it as a last resort.”

This article provides information only and should not be construed as advice. It is provided without warranty of any kind.

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Glasgow, Scotland, Aug. 13, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — With the intention of being one of the top investment platforms for investors of all stripes, FXM Venture was established in July of 2020. FXM has been extending its impact to adjacent nations thanks to the vision and leadership of its core members.

BACKGROUND OF FXM VENTURE

Ten significant individuals were involved in the founding and early development of FXM Venture, with the goal of establishing this investment fund’s brand on a global scale. And today, 100 members work in 6 transnational branches and continue their tradition. In addition to being directed and run by professionals with decades of expertise in a variety of sectors, including finance, investing, marketing, and technology, FMX is also run by vital departments like: customer service personnel, technical staff,…

Additionally, in just two years (starting in July 2020), FMX has called for a total investment of 8 million USD.

HOW DOES FXM VENTURE WORK?

For both long- and short-term traders, funding rates are regular payments. Investors are free to select a transaction based on their financial situation and liquidity. Users can, in particular, withdraw money at any moment and get interest.

At FXM Venture, we have experienced traders in both Forex and Cryptocurrencies allowing us to build a stable financial foundation to increase the returns of our investors.

FXM also has AI technology in trading approaches to Real-time forecasts of hundreds of scenarios, execution strategies, and commercial alliances, in addition to our research, market neutral algorithms by monitoring market movements and building trading algorithms. Our primary goal is to establish a win-win relationship between the customer and the firm, in which FXM Venture develops specific investment plans and strategies, while investors can then choose suitable investment packages, together with FXM consider and select specific investment plans.

ORIENTATIONS AND VISIONS

By expanding its operations and financial system in 2022, FXM aims to become one of the best legitimate funds in the world. To that end, 4 additional branches will be opened, and recruiting efforts will be stepped up to reach our target of 200 members.

In terms of financing, FXM VENTURE’s aim is to raise our fund up to $15 million.. Aside from that, FXM equips you with the resources you need to be completely confident in your investment decisions. Furthermore, you may invest with FXM with complete confidence because here are what make FXM different:

  • TRANSPARENT TRANSACTIONS
  • MULTI-ASSET PLATFORM
  • PROFESSIONAL TRADER TEAM
  • AI TECHNOLOGY
  • SECURED DEPOSITS AND WITHDRAWALS
  • 24/7 CUSTOMER SUPPORT SERVICE
  • LIVE TRADING

FXM does not intend to stop at satisfying almost 30,000 customers who have been using services and investing in FXM (with a customer satisfaction rate of 78% and a customer return rate of 85%), FXM is as complete as possible with the goal of increasing the number of clients to 50,000 in the next quarter with a satisfaction level of over 90%.

PACKAGES AND REFERRAL

Visit the website for more information

And also, Remember to refer friends to be rewarded with $25 for every friend who joins and registers at least one package — with no cap on the number of people you can refer, and gain matching income on their profits: F1 (10%), F2 (5%), F3 (3%), F4 (2%).

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Country: Scotland

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Twitter: https://twitter.com/FxmVenture

There is no offer to sell, no solicitation of an offer to buy, nor a recommendation of any securities or any other products or services. Furthermore, nothing in this PR should be construed as a recommendation to buy, sell or hold any investment or security, or to engage in any investment strategy or transaction. It is your responsibility to determine whether any investment, investment strategy, security or related transaction is suitable for you based on your investment objectives, financial situation and risk tolerance. Please consult your business advisor, attorney or tax advisor regarding your specific business, legal or tax situation.

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