There is definite proof that sustainability-focused funds are outperforming their conventional counterparts. But some experts believe the traditional explanations for this are wrong.
He joined Barclays Capital in early 2005 working in sales and providing advice to companies such as airlines and shipping companies, on risk management issues regarding exposure to energy prices. Before then he worked on the commodities desk at Deutsche Bank.
BarclaysÆ commodity sales and trading focuses on energy and hard commodities. Its business has reached a scale where making this hire will help the future build out of its team. Further team expansion is envisaged, especially in Japan.
Commenting on the recent pause for breath in the commodities bull-run, Norton says, "Prices will continue to rise at a measured pace. The outlook is strong over the mid-term."
Norton will be reporting regionally to Justin Bull, head of Asian distribution and globally to Jonathan Taylor, global head of commodity distribution.
Barclays Capital employs 150 staff in its commodities department, which now accounts for 11% of its total revenue. In Asia, its commodities operations are located in Sydney, Singapore and Tokyo.
To get the clarity they want to make informed portfolio decisions, asset owners and managers must now blend and adapt multiple sources of traditional and non-traditional data to create actionable insights, said speakers at a webinar hosted by AsianInvestor and IHS Markit.
The country's largest insurer Ping An set up a $62 billion green investment target by 2025. Several more players are also joining the hunt for sustainable assets.
The boss of Thailand’s second-largest pension fund hopes that proposed changes in the law will help her diversify more into overseas markets. She is particularly bullish on China.
Investors can still find spread premiums in niche private debt, with the asset class's prognosis looking strong, said a keynote speaker at AsianInvestor’s latest summit on Wednesday.