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Confused by ethical investing? Here’s a primer

17 Mar 2017 | Guy Dixon | The Globe and Mail

Investing ethically can feel like standing in a grocery aisle, reading egg cartons. Some are labelled free range. Others say organic.

Which are more ethical, or cruelty-free, or better for you (let alone which might be more delicious)?

It can feel the same when considering ethical investing, which comes in many forms: impact investing, socially responsible investing (SRI) and investing based generally on environmental, social and corporate-governance concerns (ESG). Read more

Top Bank Executives Expose Pay Myths in Scandinavian Example

16 Mar 2017 | Frances Schwartzkopff and Peter Levring | Bloomberg

Some of the world’s best-performing banks are run by executives who make a fraction the amount that their more famous counterparts pull in.

Annual reports now being published show the chief executive officers of the Nordic region’s six biggest banks last year earned roughly half as much as their peers elsewhere, despite dominating European rankings on returns and capital adequacy, according to calculations by Bloomberg. Read more

What's Your Investing IQ? Take the Quiz
Less than 1% of respondents got a perfect score.

17 Mar 2017 | Alert Investor | The Motley Fool

How well do you understand the basics of investing? Take this Investor Literacy quiz below to find out!

Get the answer right, and the answer will turn green. Get it wrong, and it will turn red. You'll see a percentage show up indicating the percentage of fellow readers that selected the different options on this quiz, and you can scroll back through your responses when you're done. Then, read on to see how your results compare to those of a large group of investors tested by the by the FINRA Investor Education Foundation. Read more

How To Tell When a Stock Is Overvalued
Some Warning Signs a Stock Might Be Trading In Dangerous Territory

17 Oct 2016 | Joshua Kennon | The Balance

Over the years, many investors have asked me how to tell when a stock is overvalued. It's an important question, and one that I want to take some time to explore in-depth, but before we get into that, it's necessary for me to lay some philosophical groundwork so you understand the framework through which I view capital allocation, investment portfolio construction, and valuation risk. That way, we can minimize misunderstandings and you can better evaluate where I am coming from when discussing this topic; the reasons I believe what I believe. Read more

Hong Kong companies slow to add women directors to their boards – why it makes good business sense to do so

08 Mar 2017 | Kate Whitehead | South China Morning Post

Hong Kong has a large pool of talented women and access to affordable domestic help – so what is stopping them from reaching board level?

That is the question on Shalini Mahtani’s mind. She is the founder and former CEO of Community Business, which marks International Women’s Day on March 8 with an annual report on the representation of women on Hang Seng Index-listed company boards.  Read more

6 Signs Of A Shareholder-Friendly Stock

13 Mar 2017 | Nicholas McCullum | Seeking Alpha

Shareholders are the ultimate owners of any publicly traded business.

By putting capital on the line to gain fractional ownership in a company, shareholders will participate in the successes (and failures) of the underlying business.

Company management has some very obvious goals that are dictated by shareholders, including:

  • Maximize profits
  • Minimize expenses
  • Reduce reputational risk
  • Make ethical and socially responsible decision
Read more
‘Damaged Reputation The Biggest Risk’

07 Mar 2017 | Clifford Alvares | BW Business World

Thomson Reuters Risk Business managing director Phil Cotter walks BW’s Clifford Alvares through the need for a proper risk management system

In the wake of the ever-changing regulatory environment, risk-data aggregation is becoming increasingly complex and arduous. Also, with the increasing requirements for compliance by companies and financial institutions. Thomson Reuters Risk Business managing director Phil Cotter walks BW Businessworld’s Clifford Alvares through the need for a proper risk management system. Edited excerpts.

What are the various types of risks that banks and companies are faced with these days?

In doing business with a third-party, whenever and wherever, an element of risk always presents itself. All sorts: financial risks, regulatory risks, reputational risks, supply-chain risks, competition risks, changing situation risks, risks of not knowing your customers, and so on and so forth. Read more

Approaching Cybersecurity Risk Management At Any Organization

09 Mar 2017 | Michael Kaiser, Contributor | The Huffington Post

As technology evolves and advances, organization leaders have a growing understanding that cybersecurity is a critical issue touching all aspects of business – including legal, operational and reputational risks. It is difficult, however, to balance business decisions with cybersecurity, and many executives face challenges with communicating effectively and managing cybersecurity risks across all areas of their organizations.

I recently spoke with Anthony Grieco, senior director and trust strategy officer of Cisco’s Security and Trust Organization and a member of the National Cyber Security Alliance’s (NCSA’s) Board of Directors, about how businesses can more effectively approach cyber risk. Read more

Why and How Investors Use ESG Information: Evidence from a Global Survey

13 Mar 2017 | Amir Amel-Zadeh and George Serafeim | Harvard Business School Working Knowledge

OVERVIEW — Survey data from more than 400 senior investment professionals provides insights into why and how investors use environmental, social, and governance (ESG) information as well as the challenges in using this information. This study also documents what investors believe will be important ESG styles in the future. Read more

Governance Perspectives
An interview with Alice Au and Edward Speed by The Hong Kong Institute of Chartered Secretaries

Mar 2017 | CSJ – Company Secretary Journal

Corporate governance practices vary internationally, but is a global consensus emerging on corporate governance best practice? Moreover, how will the changing attitudes to governance affect the company secretary role? Edward Speed, the London-based Chairman; and Alice Au, the Hong Kong-based director; of the global executive search and leadership consulting firm Spencer Stuart, give a global and a local perspective on these questions.

There used to be an assumption that corporate governance standards would converge around the world on the back of globalisation, but many differences still remain in the way different jurisdictions approach governance issues – do you think a global consensus is emerging on corporate governance best practices? Read more

Make these 5 essential investing moves when you’re in your 20s to 30s

8 Mar 2017 | Arielle O'Shea | MarketWatch

If you believe recent reports from the web, you probably think millennials are financial floozies, trading their retirement money for venti lattes.

The reality is probably not that bad, but also not as click-worthy: Research from the Transamerica Center for Retirement Studies indicates that nearly three-quarters of millennials are saving for retirement and that we started doing so at an earlier age than previous generations. Wells Fargo data show that of those who are saving, half are putting away 6% of their income or more.  Read more

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