New research from Schroders suggests Covid-19 has focused Asian investors on combining a greater interest in ESG investment with the quest for higher returns.
Last week, the UN released a report on climate change that shocked many people, but institutional investors who have been integrating ESG in their portfolio were not among them.
July’s most read: GIC to hire five associates; Omers to invest C$12bn more into Asia; Aussie super funds seeking co-investments
Hirings at GIC and Schroders, Omer's plan to add up to C$12 billion ($9.5 billion) in Asia by 2025, and Singapore's AUM rise to $3.5 trillion made our top stories for July.
The UK-headquartered fund manager has made the appointment as one of four ESG specialists who will operate a sustainability centre, based in Singapore.
Institutional investors still believe private asset investing comes with extra challenges, but that the diversification and return benefits make it worth their while. A recent Schroders survey identifies notable increases in interest for real estate debt, infrastructure equity and insurance-linked securities.
The region’s investors want to raise their private equity, private debt and infrastructure property to help raise returns amid a bleaker economic outlook, according to a new survey.