institutional investors News

Aviva U.K. Unit Dismisses Fears that ESG Investing Hampers Financial Returns

A major U.K. institutional investor has dismissed a commonly-held fear of ESG investing — that it hampers financial returns. Aviva UK Life, part of Aviva Plc, sees environmental, social and governance considerations as a central pillar of its risk and …

Cryptocurrency Industry Says Inadequate Insurance Deters Investors

Cryptocurrency exchanges and traders in Asia are struggling to insure themselves against the risk of hacks and theft, a factor they claim is deterring large fund managers from investing in a nascent market yet to be embraced by regulators. Getting …

SEC to Revisit ‘Proxy’ Voting Favored by Investors Raising Social, Climate Issues

The U.S. securities regulator is set to review this month rules on corporate democracy, setting it up for a clash with investors who worry the agency will side with companies to diminish voting rights on charged issues like climate change …

Bank of England Governor Warns Investors Failing to Consider Climate Risks

Bank of England Governor Mark Carney said he’s concerned investors aren’t doing enough to assess threats that global warming will have on assets they purchase. The central bank governor who also leads the Financial Stability Board advising the Group of …

G20 Task Force Develops Climate-Related Financial Disclosure Framework Supported by Insurers

A global task force set up by the G20 has developed a voluntary framework for companies to disclose the financial impact of climate-related risks and opportunities, drawing support from more than 100 companies with $11 trillion of assets. There are …

Swiss Re Hikes Corporate Debt Holdings, Cuts Risky Government Bonds

The European Central Bank has turned government bonds into one of the riskiest asset classes, prompting Swiss Re AG to move more of its investments into corporate debt, according to the reinsurer’s chief investment officer. “If you’re looking for a …

XL Catlin Names Brookman Sr. VP, Alternative Capital, in Newly Created Role

XL Catlin has appointed Daniel Brookman as senior vice president, Alternative Capital, a newly created role. Brookman was previously head of Capital Markets at Montpelier Re Holdings Ltd. where he developed and managed account investment strategies for major institutional investors. …

Pension, Insurance & Sovereign Funds Scale Back Emerging Markets’ Investments

Big pension, insurance and sovereign funds may be scaling back investments in emerging markets amid disappointing returns and a darkening outlook for the sector. These deep-pocketed funds — global pension assets alone are worth over $35 trillion — are relatively …

EU to Ease Capital Regulations for Banks & Insurers to Revive Growth

The European Union will ease capital rules it has imposed on banks and insurers since the financial crisis to help markets raise more funds for reviving sluggish economic growth. The bloc’s financial services chief, Jonathan Hill, announced his “action plan” …

Institutional Investors’ Fossil-Fuel Divestment Exceeds $2.6 Trillion

Portfolio managers have pledged to steer $2.6 trillion in investments away from fossil fuels in an effort to prevent catastrophic climate change. That’s a 50-fold increase from the cumulative total a year ago, $50 billion, as environmental groups increased pressure …