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Accelerated trends

30 June 2020

In June I looked at how the current covid crisis is accelerating current trends. One post discussed how working-from-home has become ubiquitous among professional services and a follow-up imagined how work patterns should evolve. It was also time to take a closer look at whether investments tilted towards environmental, social and governance factors could protect…

Reducing risk by investing responsibly

30 June 2020

Responsible asset allocation helps investors to look beyond financial metrics and reduce risks associated with a company’s environmental record, its management and its attitude towards its employees and society. For example, an analysis of a company’s steps to reduce its impact on the environment and mitigate climate change can help investors to reduce the risk…

Creating a better working environment

19 June 2020

Recent work-related conversations have fallen into a pattern. They open with a discussion about how we feel about being at home five days a week. Many say they enjoy the extra time freed up by not commuting and how much easier it is to be productive in the quiet of your own office. These sentiments…

The future of the office

12 June 2020

At the end of February I stood in a meeting room in the City looking into a nearby office block. Rows of workers sat staring silently at computer screens. I thought: “Why bother travelling for an hour to not talk to colleagues and stare at a PC screen? Couldn’t you just do that at home?”…