sri newsletter 17th issue
april 2019

Sustainable finance in Europe, regulatory landscape and the future of investing

At a time when more and more individual investors are becoming aware of sustainable finance and users of sustainable investment solutions*, with financial stakeholders – manufacturers and distributors alike – expanding their ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance), Green and Social investment product set to choose from, it is worth reflecting on the fast changing regulatory landscape in Europe, one year after the EU Commission announced its Action plan for Sustainable Finance.

Indeed, while there is growing demand and support for sustainable investments, the challenges we face in terms of climate change for instance, require structural regulatory changes to gather pace and act in a more meaningful and efficient way across the continent.

We believe this issue of SR-highlights will give you a good indication of what is the direction of travel for sustainable finance in Europe, a direction into a more responsible future.

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SRI NEWSLETTER 17TH ISSUE - APRIL 2019

RELATED INSIGHTS

US INFLATION: RISING, NOT SOARING
Since the beginning of the year financial markets have started increasingly to worry about a sudden and strong re-turn of US inflation. Behind this stands the double boost from domestic demand coming from the widely expected re-opening of the economy in spring and the large fiscal stim-ulus the incoming Democratic administration will most likely deliver.
CHINA’S Q4 GDP GROWTH SURPRISED ON THE UPSIDE, BUT RISKS TO THE OUTLOOK HAVE INCREASED
This morning, China published its Q4 GDP growth alongside with December monthly activity data. Q4 growth accelerated to 6.5% yoy which lifted total 2020 GDP to 2.3%. December real activity data were more mixed. While exports came in strongly, important domestic demand components were a bit unsteady.
COVID-19 FACTS & FIGURES
US President-elect Joe Biden has unveiled a $1.9 trillion stimulus package proposal. Following the recent increase in cases, China has imposed new restrictions and lockdowns in the Hebei province. Canada has implemented new restrictions and a provincewide curfew in Quebec that will last until February 8. German Chancellor Angela Merkel warned that the recent rise in Covid-19 cases could force the country to prolong the nationwide lockdown until April.

*Retail investors accounted for 25% of global sustainable investing assets in 2018, up from 11% in 2016.
Source: Global Sustainable Investment Review 2018, published by the Global Sustainable Investment Alliance, March 2019.