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Institutional Update Q1 2017

 

Investment Institute: Resilience in an age of uncertainty

 

Investment Institute: Resilience in an age of uncertainty


The Journal, Volume 4, Chapter 3,

In chapter 3 of our fourth annual Journal, we continue with our theme of building resilient portfolios. Notwithstanding the significant disruptions taking place in our immediate political and investment landscape; we discuss the importance, now more than ever, of adopting a long-term mind-set for both investment and sustainability practices.



Investor’s View: Shahril Ridza Ridzuan, Chief Executive Officer, Employees Provident Fund (EPF), Malaysia, discusses the challenges facing his organisation as a long-term investor

In September 2016, Shahril Ridza Ridzuan, Chief Executive Officer, Employees Provident Fund (EPF) in Malaysia, spoke to Victoria Barbary, Director of Strategy and Communications at the International Forum of Sovereign Wealth Funds, about the challenges facing his organisation as a long-term investor. They also discussed the particular challenges facing institutional investors in South-East Asia, as the Chinese economy, which has been the powerhouse of growth in the region, rebalances and slows. Finally, they discussed the new role of environmental, social and governance issues for the EPF.



Evolving in adversity: The under-appreciated resilience of emerging market corporate debt

By Victoria Harling, Strategy Leader, Emerging Markets Corporate, and Tammy Lloyd, Analyst, Investec Asset Management

Investec Asset Management’s emerging market corporate debt team conducted an in-depth study on how emerging market companies have responded to the challenging political and economic environment over the past three years. In defiance of headline-grabbing concerns about debt and risk in emerging market government bonds, corporate bonds and currencies, the findings point to emerging market corporate debt as a diverse asset class showing surprising resilience, which we believe has been underappreciated by markets. This suggests that investors have overestimated and mispriced the risk in emerging market corporate bonds. As a result, we believe they currently offer a wide range of investment opportunities for active, bottom-up investors.



Ten key themes for financing sustainable development

By Aniket Shah, Programme Leader for Sustainable Finance

Financing sustainable development is perhaps the greatest challenge for our generation. But while progress is being made, we have not yet mobilised enough resources to reach the goals set out in either the Paris Agreement on Climate Change or the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. In this piece Aniket Shah from the Financing Sustainable Development Initiative, UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network, outlines 10 key themes that are likely to shape the world of sustainable development.



Renewable energy: revolution or evolution?

By Tom Nelson, Head of Commodities & Resources, and Graeme Baker, Analyst, Investec Asset Management

2015 was a milestone year in mankind’s comprehension of the climate change challenge. At COP21 in December, every government in the world assented to the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. In contrast, 2016 provided the surprise US election result, and with it uncertainty over subsidies and US climate change goals. Investors have always held concerns about policy risk in renewable energy – legitimately, in some cases – but we believe the basic momentum is now set. As costs continue to fall and economic fundamentals now compete with other forms of power generation, the importance of subsidy regimes is diminishing. Here we examine, how long-term investors can take advantage of what could reasonably turn out to be one of the most significant structural growth opportunities of the 21st century.

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