Adapt or Die? Investment Biz Braces for Tech Effect

Most investment industry workers expect their job functions to change over the next five to 10 years as a result of technological disruption–with nearly half expecting that change to span from significantly different to job eliminating–according to the findings of a new report released by CFA Institute, titled the Investment Professional of the Future. The report explores how investment industry …

Asset Owner Profile: Ariz. Blue Cross Blue Shield’s Black Follows the Money

Cameron Black is chief investment officer and treasurer of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona in Phoenix. He is responsible for the company’s short- and long-term investment strategies and overseas its risk management. Prior to joining BCBSAZ, Black held positions in television production, was an independent investment adviser and a director in the foundation arm of a biomedical research institute. …

Aussie Coal Mine Court Ruling Illuminates Reg. Risk in ESG Investing

The decision by an Australian court earlier this month to prohibit the opening of a coal mine because the mine would contribute to greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and set back the fight against climate change is being characterized by some socially responsible investing specialists as a judicial first in the environmental, social and governance (ESG) …

NT Takes Stake in Tech Firm to Drive Asset-Owner Services

Northern Trust is taking a minority stake in Parilux Investment Technology, representing a key step in the development of its Front Office Solutions business, which the bank is constructing to deliver operational and technology services to in-house institutional investment teams. The business is focused on supporting the investment teams of endowments, foundations, corporations, family offices and …

Renewable Energy Investments Taking Hold in Institutional Portfolios

Institutional investors are looking for opportunities to invest in renewable energy, and the markets have taken note.  In fact, more than half (54%) of the number of infrastructure deals completed in Q2 2018 were for renewable energy assets, while energy assets and utilities assets each accounted for 11% of all infrastructure deals, according to a …

Paltry Rates Perplex Life Insurers as Pre-Crisis Debt Matures

Investment executives at U.S. life insurance companies continue to lose sleep over identifying the best reinvestment opportunities for maturing debt in which they invested a decade ago. With interest rates much lower now than before the financial crisis, the challenge for life insurers is to find new investment classes that meet their yield requirements without …