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The Intelligence Report – 26 February 2019

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Investors can look forward to greater transparency on sustainable finance as Europe takes the lead with an ambitious plan to help redirect capital flows, define sustainability and foster long-termism. This issue also covers the outlook for US earnings in 2019, incorporating sustainability in factor investing and an insight into who should call the shots in handling the next recession.

Europe leads the way towards sustainable finance

Europe’s ambitious Action Plan puts forth 10 specific action points to make European financial markets more sustainable and climate-resilient.

Where have all the earnings gone?

US companies’ earnings growth following the Q4 2018 sell-off could slow to the point of an ‘earnings recession’. But – outside energy and tech – the outlook may not be as bleak as it first appears.

Sustainability: now at the core of factor investing

Factor investing strategies can maximise portfolio returns while reducing risk. Adding ESG objectives to such strategies adds sustainable investing as a third dimension in addition to the return and the risk.

In the next downturn, who will call the shots?

A “Great Instability” has followed the Great Financial Crisis and the risk of radical disruptive change looks high, with potentially profound implications for investors.

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