Global economic growth is very robust, and the emerging economies have picked up momentum. The purchasing managers’ indices in November had dropped slightly from previous levels, suggesting a moderate slowdown of Q4 global economic growth.
Logistics makes sure the economy keeps moving. Today our world would not be conceivable without it.
From an economic point of view, the multiple transport of goods across Europe does make sense but from a sustainable point of view, the environment suffers from increased CO2 and fine particle pollution, exhaust gases and noise. The speed at which goods are transported increases steadily and thus also the burden of the workers involved therein.
By channelling their assets into microfinance funds, investors can contribute to reducing child labour. This is the opinion held by Martin Cech, Senior Fund Manager with Erste Asset Management.
We have talked to the ESG analyst team of Erste AM about Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris climate accord in a roundtable discussion: Dominik Benedikt, Alexander Osojnik, Stefanie Schock, and Walter Hatak.
Last Thursday, incriminating video and audio tapes emerged that linked current President Michel Temer to bribery. The accusations have thrown Brazil into a deep political crisis, and the capital markets have lost massively.
Markus Jandrisevits has been the manager of our global flagship equity fund ESPA BEST OF WORLD since 28 February 2002. The performance to date is impressive on an international scale. I asked Markus what was special about his investment approach and how he has positioned himself in the current stock market phase of high political risks.
Austria celebrates the 300th birthday of Maria Theresa. She was born on 13 May 1717 in Vienna. It was her who founded the Vienna stock exchange in 1771 on the basis of an imperial patent (see image), after an earlier, failed attempt in 1761. Even though a lot has changed politically, economically, and technically since then, the eventful history of the Vienna stock exchange is still very instructive for every investor.
“Don’t put all your eggs into one basket” – who has not heard this old stock market adage. With Easter approaching, we are having a closer look at the background of this saying.
Power comes from the socket. Hidden behind it, lies a reality that is a tightrope walk between supply and demand. An imbalance causes blackouts. Energy produced from renewable sources is particularly volatile. A solution for this problem are energy storage devices, especially batteries. The latter offer the advantage of being able to efficiently store power that has been produced locally (e.g. by solar cells). They also make power mobile and can replace petrol and diesel in our cars. In our interview, Dominik Benedikt, Senior ESG-Analyst Erste Asset Management, explains the effects of the rising demand for batteries with regard to environmental, social, and governance aspects.
A growing number of devices do not need a constant connection to the power grid anymore and therefore allow a mobile usage. Batteries ensure that power is available regardless of its time and place of production. In a world that does not work without energy we need storage units that can provide large amounts of energy. However, every solution to this problem comes with a price tag, also in terms of sustainability.
Read the current issue of our sustainable Magazine ERSTE RESPONSIBLE RETURN – The ESG Letter here: