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Money market funds still popular with investors as open-ended fund assets grow in second quarter

Money market funds still popular with investors as open-ended fund assets grow in second quarter

Investors continued to prefer “safe haven” money market funds as they shifted assets back into all types of open-ended funds in the second quarter, buoyed by a strong recovery in global financial markets, according to data compiled by The European Fund and Asset Management Association (EFAMA).

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Covid-19 will drive green bond issuance as shift to sustainability intensifies

Covid-19 will drive green bond issuance as shift to sustainability intensifies

Written by Sacha Bernasconi, portfolio manager of the SYZ Green Bonds Fund.

The catastrophe of Covid-19 has given the world one silver lining. A wake-up call. A sobering vision of the future, and the economic and social devastation climate change will bring. As responsible investors, we must be mindful of this portent of the future and accelerate our efforts in delivering progressive action. It is time to move the dial.

Stakeholder capitalism

New report unmasks financial institutions failing to deliver on ‘corporate stakeholder purpose’ declarations

New report unmasks financial institutions failing to deliver on ‘corporate stakeholder purpose’ declarations

Companies that have promised publicly to run their business for the benefit of all stakeholders have handled the Covid-19 crisis and social and racial inequality worse than companies with no such commitment, a new report from The Test of Corporate Purpose finds.

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UK financial institutions show resilience despite Covid-19 and Brexit

UK financial institutions show resilience despite Covid-19 and Brexit

A new report from Lloyds Bank highlights how Covid-19 is expected to change the financial services workplace, with almost all (89 per cent) financial institutions planning to maintain flexible working patterns for employees and eight in ten (81 per cent) expecting to use digital platforms like Microsoft Teams and Zoom to liaise with clients.