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Will Women Fuel The Next Revolution In Investing? – Forbes

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Looking back on 2021, one of the startling data releases was that in January 2020, all of the 140,000 jobs lost in the US economy were those held by women. In Europe, a similar picture had emerged – across the European Union the unemployment rate for women is 8.1%, whereas for men it is 7.2%, with these rates having been close to each other last April. Women have also suffered disproportionately in terms of wage adjustments. 

She-cession

Data from the International Labour Organization, show that across the EU women have suffered a bigger decline in wages than men. A year on and there are still large labour market disparities between men and women.

These and other statistics, contribute to the view of a long-run ‘she-cession’ – the fact that the economic downside from the coronavirus crisis has fallen disproportionately on women, and this is not even considering the impacts on childcare, reskilling and the rise in domestic violence.

Ironically, the ‘she-cession’ occurred just as women have taken their places at the top of international financial institutions – notably Christine Lagarde at the ECB, Kristalina Georgieva at the IMF, Janet Yellen at the US Treasury, Jane Fraser as CEO at Citi bank and more recently the successful candidacy of Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala at the World Trade Organisation.

At the same time, there is a growing effort to ensure that women are better represented on corporate and institutional boards, following a growing body of evidence that they improvement the quality of decision making and corporate performance. In some countries, such as France, the authorities require companies to publish a gender equality score.

Taken together these trends suggest that efforts to open up gender equality are having some success at public and executive levels across institutions and corporates, but that as far as the situation is concerned for everyday women, there is enormous work to be done.

Investment parity

In particular, it is important that the rebuilding of economies in the post COVID era focus on women more than never before – both in terms of ensuring they are on an equal footing with men in terms of pay and opportunities, that they have the necessary supports to enable them to work (such as childcare) and that the sectors where women tend to be overrepresented figure in stimulus plans.

One of the oddities of the coronavirus crisis, and I would say moral inconsistencies, is that stock markets have traded at all-time highs, whilst unemployment rates and economic precarity also touched extreme levels, though thankfully employment is recovering. The lesson here is that in 2022 we need to ‘build back better’ in the sense not only of President Biden’s spending plan, but in terms of the demographic that the spending focuses on.

One element that is of growing importance into 2022 is ‘investment inequality’. Women work less than men, are paid less and live longer, but they also invest less than men. They face many barriers when it comes to investing – traditionally banks and asset managers have not been women friendly, either from the point of view of female clients or employees. Most women do not view the financial industry as an inclusive one. And, men and women alike find the products and services of many financial institutions overly technical and not well framed to their needs.

Women must invest more

In 2021 the OECD released an important research project that examined the differences in pension provision between men and women and found that on average across OECD countries the difference in retirement income that men and women receive, averages 26%.

The OECD recommend a number of measures, such as the relaxation of eligibility requirements so more women are able to participate in retirement savings plans, the  tailoring of communication to women to raise their awareness of the importance of saving, allowing flexibility for women to contribute to plans however and when they can, implementing non-conservative default investment options to overcome women’s risk aversion and consider women’s longer life expectancies in the design of the options to provide retirement income from these plans.

In 2022, with stock markets at all time highs, attention should focus more on gender investment parity. In many countries there is a new generation of women who have the capacity to become financially independent. Equally the rise of digital finance provides the means to make investment more accessible to people, and equally social media now provides the mechanism for women for example, to have a greater, more powerful voice.

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Feds announce $3M investment for Calgary’s Energy Transition Centre – Globalnews.ca

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As Calgary attempts to become a centre for a transitioning energy industry, a new hub that focuses on clean energy in the city’s downtown core has received a major boost.

Federal ministers, along with Calgary Mayor Jyoti Gondek, were on hand Wednesday to announce a federal investment of more than $3 million towards the clean technology sector in Alberta, including more than $2.1 million to help fund the Energy Transition Centre.

Another $900,000 is earmarked for the Foresight clean technology accelerator, to provide training and investment attraction for Alberta clean technology companies.

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“We are moving in the direction of seriously harnessing the potential of Calgary’s energy sector — the technology that we have resident in this sector for the future of the energy second,” University of Calgary chancellor Deborah Yedlin said. “This is our Wayne Gretzky moment, we’re asking towards where the puck is going.”

The Energy Transition Centre will take up an entire vacant floor at the Ampersand building in Calgary’s downtown core.

Barring any issues with COVID-19, officials said the plan is for the centre to open on March 1.


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“This innovation hub will help small- and medium-sized businesses develop clean energy technologies that will help meet a growing global demand for environmentally-friendly products and processes,” said Daniel Vandal, federal minister responsible for Prairies Economic Development Canada.

According to officials, the Energy Transition Centre is set to be a space to connect Canadian energy companies with clean energy start-ups, innovators and investors with access resources and experts in the field.

Federal officials hope the centre helps to create 25 new businesses in the clean energy sector over the next three years.

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Calgary’s mayor said the investment provides both a boost to the city’s efforts to become an energy transition hub as well as its work to revitalize the downtown core.

“We are seeing bold, innovative and collaborative ideas coming forward that are inspired by entrepreneurial Calgarians,” Gondek said. “This will be a catalyst for success in terms of Calgary’s leadership in climate protection and energy transformation, as well as our downtown revitalization.”


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According to a study on energy transition released in December, a clean energy sector could create 170,000 jobs and contribute up to $61 billion to the province’s GDP by 2050.  However, the study also estimates a path to net zero would need $2.1 billion in annual investments by 2030, increasing to $5.5 billion by 2040.

Although Wednesday’s announcement was encouraging for some experts, there is some belief that policy changes and not just funding will be key to a successful clean energy sector in the province.

“There are ways that governments can use financial tools to provide guarantees that can stimulate a lot more investment to prove out new technologies, and also to make sure that support is structured fairly,” University of Calgary sustainable energy development masters director Sara Hastings-Simon said.

“We’re going to be in a world that looks very different from an energy perspective in just a couple years from now, and so we don’t have a lot of time really left to wait — we really need to be preparing now for that future.”

The investment was also welcomed by Alberta’s opposition NDP, who were also critical of the notable absence of the provincial government during the announcement.

“There is zero investment from the province in this initiative. Why is the UCP ghosting Alberta’s efforts to diversify the economy and promote clean energy?” NDP energy critic Kathleen Ganley said in a statement.

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A spokesperson for the Ministry of Jobs, Economy & Innovation said the province wasn’t involved in the announcement because there was no provincial funding for the initiative.

“We remain committed to responsible energy development, reducing emissions and supporting jobs,” Alberta government spokesperson Tricia Velthuizen said in a statement to Global News. “Through innovation and technology, industry can continue to reduce emissions, even with increased oil and gas production.”


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According to Vandal, the federal government is looking at projects with Alberta’s provincial government and that both are “aligned on job creation and diversifying the economy.”

“Those consultations and communications are occuring,” Vandal said. “All levels of government need to be on the same page.”

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Ford sees $8.2 billion gain on its investment following Rivian’s IPO – Driving

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Ford continues to gain, despite abandoned plans to jointly develop an EV with the startup

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Ford Motor Co. expects to record a gain of $8.2 billion in the fourth quarter on its investment in RivianAutomotive Inc. after the electric-truck maker’s blockbuster initial public offering late last year.

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The legacy automaker disclosed the gain Tuesday along with several special items it intends to report when Ford releases earnings on Feb. 3. The Dearborn, Michigan-based company will also reclassify a non-cash gain of about $900 million on the Rivian investment from the first quarter of last year as a special item, meaning it will be excluded from the full-year adjusted results, according to a statement.

The disclosures show Ford continues to gain from its connection to the startup even after the auto giant exited Rivian’s board in September and subsequently announced it had abandoned plans to jointly develop an electric vehicle. Ford, which has invested a total of $1.2 billion in Rivian since early 2019, has a 12 per cent stake that the company has said was valued at more than $10 billion in early December.

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Since a November listing that was the largest IPO of 2021, Rivian has been on a roller coaster. The shares peaked at more than $172, but have tumbled 57 per cent since then as the company faced new competition in the electric-vehicle market. Rivian was briefly valued at more than $100 billion, then more valuable than Ford, but Ford has subsequently reclaimed the lead after it topped $100 billion in value for the first time last week.

Ford shares were little changed in after-hours trading Tuesday in New York, while Rivian climbed less than one per cent.

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ByteDance reorganizes strategic investment team, causes panic – Yahoo Movies Canada

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What a roller coaster day for China’s tech industry. TikTok’s parent company ByteDance has dissolved its strategic investment team, sending worrying messages to other internet giants that have expanded aggressively by investing in other companies.

At the beginning of this year, ByteDance reviewed its “businesses’ needs” and decided to “reduce investments in areas that are not key business focuses,” a company spokesperson said in a statement.

ByteDance isn’t halting external investments outright, though; instead, the investment team will be “restructured” and “integrated across the various business lines to support the growth” of its business.

In other words, some members from its strategic investment team, which has backed 169 companies, according to Chinese startup database IT Juzi (some deals may not be public), will be reassigned roles in other business departments and continue to invest there.

The “restructuring” still stirred up a wave of panic in the industry. China’s cyberspace regulator has drafted new guidelines that will require its “internet behemoths” to get its approval before undertaking any investments or fundraisings, Reuters reported, citing sources. Some Chinese media outlets also reported similar drafted rules.

“Behemoths” refer to any internet platform with more than 100 million users or more than 10 billion yuan ($1.58 billion) in revenue, said Reuters’ sources. That rule, if true, will put a slew of Chinese internet giants, from Tencent, Alibaba, Pinduoduo, JD.com to Baidu, under regulatory review for their investment activities. Tencent in particular is famous for its expansive investment portfolio, which earns it the moniker “the SoftBank of China.”

In a surprising turn, China’s cyberspace regulator said that the “rumored guidelines for internet companies’ IPO, investment and fundraising are untrue.” Furthermore, the authority will “investigate and hold relevant rumormongers responsible in accordance with the law.”

ByteDance’s motive for restructuring may indeed be to generate more synergies between its external investments and internal businesses. We don’t know for sure yet. But there are signs that China’s antitrust action on its internet darlings are nowhere near the end.

Tencent recently sold a great chunk of its shares in two of its most important allies, Chinese online retailer JD.com and Singaporean video games and e-commerce conglomerate Sea. While antitrust pressure wasn’t cited as the cause for its divestments, speculation is rife that China is continuing to blunt the monopolistic power of its largest interent platforms. A handful of them have received various degrees of fines for violating anticompetition rules, but a pause on their investment game will carry much greater consequences. The question now is who’s next.

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