Quants Say They Can Make Investing More Sustainable – Bloomberg

Some companies disclose a lot of information about sustainability, labor practices, or gender equity. Others say almost nothing. A fund manager buying a few dozen large-cap U.S. stocks may be able to have analysts dig up enough corporate info to make a decision. But things get harder if you want to be able to choose…

The World’s Most-Profitable Hedge Fund Is Now a Climate Radical – Bloomberg

The hedge fund industry has no shortage of aggressive, in-your-face players, but few are as tough as Chris Hohn. The British billionaire takes the typical playbook to new levels—scuttling deals, pushing to remove bosses, and battering companies with litigation and threats. One opponent was so peeved after losing a boardroom battle with Hohn that he…

The Power of Voting: Active Ownership for Index Strategies

Index firm Solactive writes: September 2019 marked a major milestone in US financial history as the assets managed under passive strategies (the selection of stocks based on a mechanical, rules-based approach) surpassed those under active strategies. The rise of ESG and its latest evolution, active ownership, is another megatrend within the investment world. Are these…

Can Wall Street save us from climate change? (Fat chance.) – The Washington Post

Robert Samuelson is very skeptical about Larry Fink’s interest in or ability to do something to address climate change. To be sure, none of this precludes the possibility that companies may make significant advances involving climate change — whether to reduce greenhouse gas emissions or to improve energy efficiency. But there are two overriding realities…

Why Fossil Fuel Companies Are Reckoning With Climate Change | Time

As concerns grow over the existential challenges posed by climate change, Shell must grapple with its own existential crisis: How should a company that generates most of its profits by serving the world’s enormous appetite for oil navigate a long-term future in which shifting political and economic tides threaten to make fossil fuels obsolete? The…

The Hidden Dangers of the Great Index Fund Takeover – Bloomberg

We have repeatedly warned about the problem of index funds, including VEA Chair Robert A.G. Monks’ book Citizens Disunited, with extensive data on “drone” companies (with stock ownership tracking the index) and VEA Vice Chair Nell Minow was one of the judges who selected Index Funds and the Future of Corporate Governance: Theory, Evidence and…

A Sense of Climate Urgency Takes Hold in Davos – Bloomberg

Davos is cloaked in white, but its agenda is green. Environmentalism—fighting climate change in particular—has emerged as one of the biggest priorities of the World Economic Forum annual meeting…The biggest obstacle to fixing the planet’s climate is free-riding—shirking efforts to fight climate change while benefiting from the efforts others make. The repeated interaction with fellow…