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  • 17/04/2018
    Equities
    Louise Dudley
    In the new Equitorial, Louise Dudley, Global Equities Portfolio Manager at Hermes Investment Management, looks at how to assess and manage the investment risks associated with climate change as we transition to a low-carbon economy. “We need 2018 to be the year of investor leadership on climate change.” So said Mindy Lubber, CEO and President of sustainability non-profit Ceres, reflecting on the 2018 Investor Summit on Climate Risk at the United Nations on 31 January. At Hermes, we agree. Climate change is – both literally and metaphorically – a slow-burn issue, but the grave risk it poses over time is disconcerting.
  • Louise Dudley
    As the end of 2017 approaches, Louise Dudley, Global Equities Portfolio Manager at Hermes Investment Management, outlines four prominent sustainability trends from this year that are re-shaping global capital allocation and driving demand for holistic returns.
  • Louise Dudley
    Continuously rallying markets seem worryingly disconnected from the current geopolitical climate. In this period of uncertainty making correct macro calls is challenging, but complacency is not the solution. Louise Dudley, Global Equities Portfolio Manager at Hermes Investment Management, suggests focussing on company fundamentals and in particular governance to drive outperformance over the long term. The VIX, the equity volatility index, has hit new record lows recently, while major equity indices have cruised around record highs. These apparently calm market seas have contrasted with a storm of political uncertainty, encompassing EU-threatening elections and Brexit uncertainty, friction between Russia and the West, and the unpredictable actions of Trump. Within this new geopolitical era, the sheer number of geopolitical shocks over the past decade seems to have led to investor complacency.
  • 06/04/2017
    Equities
    Louise Dudley
    The potential for strong, long-term returns was the chief ‘pull’ factor attracting investors who first understood the impacts of sustainability on stock performance. Now, ‘push’ factors are driving more fund managers to consider these dynamics. They include the desire of asset owners, governments and the public for evidence that the broader, enduring effects of investments are being assessed and how they contribute to decisions to buy and sell securities.