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Banks sharpen focus on financial education

Banks sharpen focus on financial education

With reporting on climate goals well under way, lenders are starting to develop targets for the social pillar of their ESG strategies. Financial inclusion and, increasingly, financial health are focus areas. 

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Why Tokyo may struggle to become a green finance hub

Why Tokyo may struggle to become a green finance hub

Tokyo wants to become Asia’s top sustainable finance centre by riding the wave of green bond issuance in Japan. That would require a change in the mindset of local investors and an alignment with international norms, not least around its planned taxonomy.

Why wealth managers must deliver greater levels of transparency and granularity to their clients

Why wealth managers must deliver greater levels of transparency and granularity to their clients

High net worth individuals are increasingly demanding to know precisely how sustainable their portfolios are, but wealth managers have traditionally struggled with the complexity of offering the granular view of ESG metrics such visibility requires. Rodolphe Bocquet of Clarity AI discusses efforts being made to integrate total transparency into one’s models – and the implications of a failure to do so.

New ESG standards on securities lending welcomed after falling-out

New ESG standards on securities lending welcomed after falling-out

After a split, two groups recently launched separate ESG-focused guidance on securities lending, while the US SEC plans to make the practice less opaque and help assess its effect on shareholder voting. Investors hope the moves will make the business more sustainable and transparent.

Big hitters urge governments to step up on blended finance

Big hitters urge governments to step up on blended finance

Capital flows into emerging markets are falling well short of what will be needed to achieve net-zero emissions or other key sustainability goals, say several new reports. The likes of Günther Thallinger of Allianz and Philippe Zaouati of Mirova are calling on governments to pull their weight.

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