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Gast-AutorIn / Guest Author am 05th April 2018

Helping people to help themselves

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Martin Cech

 

Microfinance investments help improving lives and facilitate stable returns

There are investments that create a better world. Microloans give people in the Third World a chance to a better life and facilitate a stable yield for domestic investors. Read more

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Gast-AutorIn / Guest Author am 22nd March 2018

World Water Day 2018: Smoke on the water – the water footprint of sustainable investments

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Author: Walter Hatak, Research Analyst

 

The World Water Day was first introduced on 22 March 1993. The goal was to anchor the meaning of water and thus the efficient use of this critical resource in the collective consciousness. Despite the long history, the importance of water from the point of view of risk has only recently gained in relevance.

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Gast-AutorIn / Guest Author am 12th February 2018

Disastrous environmental balance of Bitcoin

Stefanie Schock, sustainable investment team Erste Asset Management

The entire Bitcoin network already requires more energy than Peru or Hong Kong, or almost half of Austria’s power supply. Such a development is clearly at odds with achieving the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement, i.e. to curb global warming to below 2 degrees.

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Paul Severin am 12th December 2017

Logistics keeps the economy moving

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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.

 

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Gast-AutorIn / Guest Author am 16th October 2017

Dividend shares with new momentum

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Author: Dieter Kerschbaum, Communications Specialist Österreich

 

Half a year ago we launched a new equity fund, which offers an investment opportunity in global equities with a stable dividend yield above market average. At the same time, we take into account criteria of sustainability as well as social and ethical criteria in the stock picking process. We spoke with Alexander Sikora-Sickl, who is responsible for the investment process, about the performance since the launch of the fund and about the environment for dividend shares.

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Gerold Permoser am 12th September 2017

Sustainability? Possibly more important than you might think!

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I have recently read an interesting research report by one of our independent research partners, Gavekal Research. Gavekal Research is based in Hong Kong, and one of its strengths is its deep knowledge of the Asian market. The piece titled “Good Governance, Poor Performance” discusses good corporate governance. This is a central pillar of traditional as well as sustainable investment.

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Gast-AutorIn / Guest Author am 16th August 2017

German car (emission) cartel excluded from responsible investment universe

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Author: Walter Hatak, Research Analyst

 

Did VW, Audi, Porsche, Daimler, and BMW collude to form a cartel? Did they deliberately try to suspend competition? The media seem to have discovered a violation of anti-trust law, and their research suggests a link between the diesel emissions scandal and the agreements reached in joint task groups.

 

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Paul Severin am 19th June 2017

How microfinance funds can reduce child labour

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.

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Paul Severin am 02nd June 2017

Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris climate accord

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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.

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Paul Severin am 04th April 2017

A tightrope walk between profit and responsibility

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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.

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