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Banks and regulators face off over climate stress tests

Banks and regulators face off over climate stress tests

Pressure is growing for prudential measures to help tackle the climate crisis, with banks facing a rise in estimated credit losses of up to 20% in a 'hot-house' scenario. But bankers say climate-related stress tests should not lead to more capital requirements, and some propose alternatives.

Why gender lens investing is struggling to make an impact

Why gender lens investing is struggling to make an impact

Recently criticised for failing to deliver returns above their peer group, gender lens funds are under immense scrutiny to up their game. And while legitimate concerns exist about how they are marketed, the lack of suitable companies remains a serious problem.

Shareholder resolutions surge, but impact in doubt

Shareholder resolutions surge, but impact in doubt

The year to date has seen record-breaking support for shareholder resolutions, with asset managers such as BlackRock and Vanguard stepping up their stewardship. However, a lack of data on the real-world impact means the jury is still out on their efficacy.

Sovereign bound

Sovereign bound

Investors’ exposure to government bonds from countries associated with human rights violations highlights the limitations of shareholder engagement. We take a look at how BlackRock and Vanguard handle this issue.

Can HSBC green the Middle East?

Can HSBC green the Middle East?

HSBC has its eyes on significantly growing its Middle East operations. But as the world's largest exporter of oil, the region's carbon footprint is entrenched. We assess whether Europe's largest bank has the appetite to confront these issues head on.