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Sustainable finance-related deals emerged as a significant driver of issuers’ and investors’ behaviour. This was evident in several fund raisings that defined the best issuers The Asset board of editors selected for The Asset Triple A Sustainable Capital Markets Awards 2022.
7 Feb 2023
Fear of reputational risk from buying low-quality prevalent, increased scrutiny in the offing
3 Feb 2023
Operating in Taiwan’s highly competitive market, Magi Chen, president and chief executive officer of E.Sun Financial Holdings has steered her organization through a number of challenges from the Covid-19 pandemic to ongoing geopolitical tensions. Under her watch, the bank delivered a solid financial performance in 2021, including a record-high net profit of NT$20.6 billion (US$690 million) and the highest return on equity compared to local peers.
6 Feb 2023
The Credit Guarantee and Investment Facility (CGIF), a trust fund set up by the Asian Development Bank (ADB), supported SNC Former Public Company Limited of Thailand in its inaugural bond offering, a social bond amounting to one billion baht (US$30.4 million). CGIF provided a 100% credit wrap for the five-year bond, which was rated AAA by TRIS Rating and placed with domestic institutional investors at a competitive coupon rate of 3.10%.
1 Feb 2023
The frontier Mekong economies of Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam face varying degrees of environmental, social and governance (ESG) risks with moderately to very highly negative impacts on their current sovereign ratings, according to Moody’s Investors Service.
1 Feb 2023
Increasing shareholder activism is expected to play a crucial role in sustainable investing in 2023 as investors and asset managers become more resolute in pushing corporate and financial institutions to achieve sustainability targets, according to Federica Calvetti, head of ESG and strategic activism at Eurizon, the asset management unit of Italy’s largest financial group Intessa Sanpaolo.
30 Jan 2023
The Asean+3 outstanding sustainable bond market topped US$598 billion in 2022, crossing the halfway mark to US$1 trillion for the first time, data from AsianBondsOnline (ABO) indicate. This represents a year-on-year (YoY) growth of 34%, slower than the 57.1% growth posted in 2021 as activity was impacted by tightening financial conditions. Compared with 2016, it represents a five-fold increase.
27 Jan 2023
Global investment in the low-carbon energy transition totalled US$1.1 trillion in 2022 – a new record and a huge acceleration from the year before – as the energy crisis and policy action drove faster deployment of clean energy technologies, according to a new report. In another first, investment in low-carbon technologies appears to have reached parity with capital deployed in support of fossil fuel supply, research firm BloombergNEF (BNEF) says in its Energy Transition Investment Trends report.
27 Jan 2023
There is growing evidence that global warming, particularly through its effect on agriculture, may create inflationary pressures, and that the physical and transition risks created by climate change could jeopardize financial stability. So, why is there no consensus among central bankers on how monetary policy should respond?
23 Jan 2023
Global financial technology firm Broadridge Financial Solutions has launched a new environmental, social and governance (ESG) disclosure and data analytics comparison tool. Called ESG Analyser, the new web-based ESG disclosure and data analytics benchmarking tool promises to deliver timely, high-quality, cost-effective, transparent data and insights.
27 Jan 2023
Hanneke Smits long-time champion of improving gender diversity in workplace
8 Feb 2023
Investors increasingly consider wider spectrum of interconnected environmental considerations
7 Feb 2023
The supportive environment in 2021 that enabled issuers and borrowers to gain easier access to equity and debt capital markets to raise funds has completely disappeared last year. That’s how a senior banker described 2022 as deal volumes across G3 bonds and initial public offerings in Asia, outside of Japan and Australasia, plunged against a backdrop of rising interest rates, higher inflation, volatile commodity prices and elevated geopolitical tensions.
7 Feb 2023
Green bonds can play significant role, but should not get preferential risk management
3 Feb 2023