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As the fossil fuel divestment movement gathers pace, work is proceeding in parallel on strategies with the potential to convince other investors that they can reduce the carbon footprint of their portfolios and still meet their financial goals.
A strategy that allows long-term, passive investors to hedge climate risk will be outlined by one of the keynote speakers at this year’s Paul Woolley Centre conference in Sydney.
Janet Yellen takes over as Chairman of the US Federal Reserve after Ben Bernanke vacates the seat on Friday. Her impact on the global economy will come from decisions about monetary policy – specifically the Fed’s quantitative easing program – which will be felt around the world, Associate Professor Harry Scheule writes.
The big stick of regulation should be wielded with care lest it undermine the efficiency of markets, the financial services sector argues. But a Sydney conference has heard there are question marks over precisely how efficient capital markets are.