Equities

“Anyone but Suga is good news”: T Rowe Price eyes further gains for Japanese equities as election approaches

“Anyone but Suga is good news”: T Rowe Price eyes further gains for Japanese equities as election approaches

Appetite for Japanese equities appears to be turning a corner after years of investors underweighting the region, with the country’s rapid roll-out of Covid-19 vaccinations and hopes over its upcoming election driving share prices higher in September.

ESG & responsible investing

Largest asset managers' support for shareholder votes on climate and diversity rises sharply 

Largest asset managers' support for shareholder votes on climate and diversity rises sharply 

Five of the world’s largest asset managers – BlackRock, Vanguard, State Street, Fidelity, and JPMorgan – have dramatically increased their support for shareholder proposals on topics relating to the environment and diversity during this year’s proxy season, according to new data from analytics provider Insightia.

Passive investing

Too big to fail? Twenty funds capture 87 per cent of investment flows in a month

Too big to fail? Twenty funds capture 87 per cent of investment flows in a month

A handful of the highest-raising investment funds are scooping the vast majority of all money invested in a month, raising concerns that large passive managers are becoming “too big to fail”. On average, 87 per cent of monthly net investment flows go toward the top twenty funds alone, according to exclusive data from EPFR.