The huge growth of ESG investing has created an industry for related products and services in catering the demands of asset owners and investment managers. While the initial focus was on equities, the much bigger fixed income universe has taken an increased interest in ESG investing across all asset classes: financial and non-financial corporates; public finance; project finance; and structured finance. Asset owners are the main driver behind this change and have implemented responsible investment practices, such as screening for ESG factors in their fixed income portfolios, since the beginning of this century. The knock-on effect of this process is early and late adopters exploring the financial advantages of ESG investing, mainly from risk management and by attracting and retaining clients.
To examine ESG components in greater depth and to better surface investment insights, Mary Leung, CFA, Head, Advocacy APAC, CFA Institute and Mervyn Tang, CFA, Global Head of ESG Research, Fitch Ratings are hosting a series of ESG in credit webinars. In the first webinar of the series we will be looking at:
- How does ESG affect credit risk and how is this reflected in credit ratings?
- How do fixed income investors integrate ESG?
Date: 4 Aug, 2020
Time: 12:30pm - 1:30pm (HKT)
Professional learning credit: 1