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Learn about investing in asian equities with fssa investment managers today. our asia funds invest in high quality companies that outperform over the long term.
Learn about investing in global emerging market equities with fssa im. our gem funds invest in high quality companies that outperform over the long term.
Learn about investing in asia pacific equities with fssa im today. our apac funds invest in high quality companies that outperform over the long term.
Learn about investing in the world's fastest growing markets with fssa investment managers. we invest in high quality equities that outperform over the long term.
Podcast: Coronavirus - Asian markets corrections and resilience
Mr Aditya Puri, who had only recently retired as the CEO of HDFC Bank, had joined the board of a small, unlisted pharmaceutical company, Stelis Biopharma. Given Mr Puri’s remarkable leadership at HDFC Bank, we dug deeper into his new role. In addition to his board role at Stelis, he had accepted ...
We consider ESG risks to be factors that may place business value at risk. Companies at risk are identified using both external providers and our own internally driven research, which is based on a systematic and extensive company meeting program.
As bottom-up investors, the fssa team carry out well over 1,500 meetings each year to assess company managements’ capabilities and the underlying strength of the franchises they run. these monthly manager views are based on the team’s discussions with company management and the in-depth an...
China made headlines for watering down coal reduction targets during COP26 , but we think the criticism is unfair. The nation’s own targets set by President Xi Jinping last year – for peak emissions before 2030 and carbon neutrality by 2060 – are still ambitious and noteworthy considering China’s...
The sustainable finance disclosure regulation (sfdr) requires asset managers to report on up to 20 principal adverse impact (pai) indicators. pais are the negative impacts caused by a firm or an asset on the environment and society.
The sustainable finance disclosure regulation (sfdr) for the european union mandates the disclosure of the principal adverse impacts (pai) that investment decisions have on sustainability factors.
This article focuses on three of the PAIs related to Biodiversity Areas, Emissions to Water, and Hazardous and Radioactive Waste. Each PAI provides details about the measures, some of the challenges related to them, and how investors may use the information they provide.
Leading global investment manager, first sentier investors (fsi), today announced the outcome of a review of its existing investment capabilities against its strategy.
Given its size and influence, china remains a key investment destination despite ongoing trade disputes and diplomatic tensions with the us and australia. with a gdp equivalent to around 70% of the united states, many global portfolios continue to feature chinese equities. against this bac...
Every company we speak to these days tells us about the cost pressure that they are facing, emanating from rising global commodity prices. Domestic steel prices have risen by 35% y/y, copper by over 50% y/y and palm oil by over 60% y/y through February 2021. Indian corporates are being forced to ...
From report writing and gathering information to the more technical side of pattern recognition and natural language processing, david walsh, head of investment at rqi investors recently joined ausbiz to highlight how ai will affect wealth and investment management.
In almost every meeting that we have with management teams, we will ask about incentivisation. In our view, it is an important question and the answer can be highly revealing about an organisation’s culture and behaviour. While it can be easy to be deceived by articulate CEOs talking up a big gam...
Podcast: China, ray of hope and pockets of opportunities
The pandemic has accelerated certain long-term shifts in consumer behaviour, such as using more online orders for everything from clothing to food. The latest battleground appears to be groceries, but the disrupter emerged from a not-so-new technology — WeChat groups. China’s online e-commerce gi...
Mon 29 nov 2021: david allen has been appointed to the role of global head of investment management. david brings with him over 20 years of global asset management experience where he specialised in building investment businesses and leading investment teams.
Global investment manager, first sentier investors, today announced changes to its investment capabilities within australia.
As many economies have bounced back from the worst of the pandemic, concerns about central banks, the rate of money-printing and inflation have returned. markets have responded to the arrival of better times by selling off bonds and bond-like equities. the stocks that benefited most from lower di...
First Sentier Investors today announced unit holders have voted in favour of a change in responsible entity (RE) for a number of funds from Colonial First State to The Trust Company.
We have closely followed earnings across our India Subcontinent portfolio companies to assess how successfully they have emerged from the initial impact of the pandemic.
Firstly, regulations are nothing new — it has always been a part of the investment equation. if we look at hong kong or singapore for example, the government would introduce new regulations on the property market from time to time; and in china, the government has introduced a number of n...
Leading global investment manager, first sentier investors, today announced the completion of its corporate rebrand from first state investments to first sentier investors in all markets ex australia, effective today. in australia, the firm has operated as first sentier investors si...
Incorporated in 1885, BHP began as a silver, lead and zinc mine in Broken Hill, Australia. Over the next century the company grew into one of the largest diversified resource companies in the world with operations including oil and gas, steel production and mining of a variety of commodities incl...
This letter forms the first in a series designed to introduce and explain our approach to sustainability, and the lessons learned so far. We hope that these reflections, drawing on the team’s combined experience, will provide a useful insight.
First sentier investors recently presented at the responsible investment association australasia (riaa) annual conference and hosted a design lab on how responsible investors can shape the future of electric vehicles (ev). this paper outlines the key challenges for ev acceptance, analyses ...
Leading global investment manager, colonial first state global asset management today announced the rebrand of its business to first sentier investors (first sentier).
Leading global investment manager, colonial first state global asset management today announced the rebrand of its business to first sentier investors (first sentier).
In 2020, one group of companies has done particularly well – the popular digital technology companies focused on e-commerce, delivery and entertainment, to name a few industries. In emerging markets, they dominate the Chinese market; but they can also be found in Korea, Southeast Asia, Eastern Eu...
The advent of artificial intelligence (ai) is affecting ever expanding fields of human activity. and the way we invest is no exception. it’s never been more timely for investors, advisors and investment managers to take deep stock of the impacts, real and potential, of ai, so we can...
What will 2021 look like for China? 2021 will be a year of recovery. This is not surprising given last year’s economic downturn. If vaccines are being rolled out gradually during the year, we believe the economy will recover, especially those sectors that have been hit hard like travel. Hong Kong...
In our last client update, written through the depths of Covid-despair, we observed that real life and the world of markets are seldom so intimately entwined. With markets swinging violently to the downside on a riptide of fear, it was clear even then that activity was being driven by short-term ...
We are entering a new era. The year 2024 will be unpredictable and clouded by many uncertainties. It will be marked by geopolitical risks, the ongoing taming of the inflation beast, and how the US Presidential election will impact markets.
The cascading impacts of climate change and society’s overexploitation of the land and sea is giving rise to unprecedented devastation of nature and biodiversity. In the last 50 years, there has been a devastating 69% drop in wildlife populations[1]. The unfolding crisis is risking the very found...
In September 2023, I met more than 30 global listed infrastructure companies and stakeholders from the UK, Europe and China. The following travel diary summarises my impressions and findings from these meetings.
Last quarter I visited infrastructure companies in Tokyo, Osaka and Nagoya. The trip included visits to ten corporate head offices and three site tours. This paper seeks to share some of the key findings from my meetings with Japanese passenger rail and utility companies.
Though covid hasn’t yet finished with us, the markets have finished with covid. in real life, there is still plenty of misery to go around, but in our opinion things have seldom been better for investors. optimism has served us well, as the money-printing presses have rolled to counter the “unpre...
Since our last update, global markets have not been short of action and the manic behaviour characterising today’s markets has taken investors on another rollercoaster ride. While not quite comparable to the market movements seen during the dark days of March 2020, the recent correction — especia...
Public policy support for infrastructure investment to remain strong globally, especially for the replacement of aged infrastructure assets and buildout of renewables. utilities are in the midst of a multi-decade structural growth story. but higher capex needs to be managed in the context...
Pricing power is now a major consideration with inflation is on the rise. Equal consideration needs to be given to the social license of companies to raise prices in line with community expectations.
Global listed infrastructure underperformed in 2023 owing to rising interest rates and a shift away from defensive assets. Relative valuations are now at compelling levels. Infrastructure assets are expected to see earnings growth in 2024 and beyond, aided by structural growth drivers.
When first sentier investors updated our responsible investment (ri) policy two years ago, we knew it wouldn’t be a ‘set and forget’ task. the policy includes a mechanism to be reviewed at least every two years - but two years is a long time in the esg world, and our latest review led to a...
We recently spent several weeks in the US visiting listed infrastructure management teams, regulators, politicians, industry associations and conducting asset tours. The following paper provides an overview of our findings.
Armed conflict has enormous humanitarian consequences, as well as long lasting economic, social and environmental repercussions. Whilst the Russia-Ukraine conflict is unfortunately far from the only armed conflict globally (the Geneva Academy is currently monitoring over 110 armed conflicts) and...
Benefits of the rapid recovery of airport and toll road volumes far outweigh the operational issues they now face as a result. we expect higher load factors to compensate for airline capacity cuts, meaning traffic will continue to edge towards 2019 levels. european toll roads have a positiv...
We crossed six US states meeting over 70 infrastructure management teams as well as customers and suppliers at three conferences. We visited three corporate head offices, several regulators and toured the country’s largest nuclear power plant.
The energy crisis in europe has boosted global demand for lng. global listed infrastructure companies pioneered the us lng industry, investing us$50 billion since 2010. the energy crisis is providing an opportunity for lng to secure its role as a transition fuel. with reliability and security of ...