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Global investment manager Insight Investment has released its annual report on responsible investment saying that while the importance of ESG factors for fixed income investments is widely acknowledged, more progress is needed. CEO Abdallah Nauphal said: “Fixed income has a dominant role in financial markets and investors’ portfolios globally, with...
Australian power company AusNet has issued a €700 million, 60-year international hybrid deal. The hybrid issue, in the form of non-convertible subordinated notes, is due for a first call in 2026 with maturity set for March 2081. There is a refinancing element with proceeds from the hybrid issue will be used...
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Global Asset Allocation Viewpoints and Investment Environment by T. Rowe Price Australia Investment Committee, as at 31 October 2021. PORTFOLIO POSITIONING We remain modestly underweight equities relative to bonds and cash given a less compelling risk/reward profile against a backdrop of elevated valuations with more moderate return expectations. Higher rates, rising...
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