Summary of Governance, Cost and Sustainable Investing

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Although much has changed since the 2008 financial crisis, investors such as pension funds, insurance companies and sovereign wealth funds continue to struggle to invest their assets productively and efficiently. The need to meet long-term commitments in an environment of strict regulation, low interest rates and sustainable investing is daunting. Many have taken on more risk, but those with less money coming in than going out may not be in a position to do so. This up-to-date research from the Economist Intelligence Unit offers some stimulating food for thought for asset owners and managers. getAbstract recommends it to investors, policy makers and financial services professionals.

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The Economist Intelligence Unit is an independent research and analysis organization.

 

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Strict regulations instituted after the 2008 financial crisis are increasing compliance costs and reporting requisites for asset managers. For example, new capital directives affect balance sheets, and cost issues arise on the technology front, such as those for integrating new systems into legacy systems to standardize reported data. These factors compound the problem a zero-interest-rate environment raises in meeting investment commitments.

Pension “sponsor bankruptcy is a real threat in the United Kingdom,” according to the country’s Pension Protection Fund. The Netherlands...


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