The impact economy: balancing profit and impact-continued

July 7, 2020--Governments and companies can reinforce each other in their pursuit of sustainable development, which is based on three pillars: economic, social and environmental. An impact economy, in which governments and companies balance profit and impact, is best placed to achieve the United Nations sustainable development goals.
How can governments and companies be jointly empowered to have a positive impact on the sustainable development goals? The current economic system is largely geared towards increasing economic growth. But this could come at the expense of rising social inequality and environmental degradation.

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Source: bruegel.org


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Sustainable Fund Flows Hit Record in Q2
August 4, 2020--Flows into sustainable funds more than double in second quarter, helped by heightened interest in ESG issues and new fund launches.
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Cash market trading volumes in July
August 3, 2020--Deutsche Börse's cash markets generated a turnover of €147.1 billion in July (previous year: €124.8 billion).
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The Spanish Stock Market trades 31.7 billion euros in July
August 3, 2020--The number of Equity trades grew by 34.2% last month and by 53.6% in the first seven months
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Boerse Stuttgart records July turnover of EUR 6,2billion
August 1, 2020--All asset classes show significant increase in trading volume compared with June figures
Based on the order book statistics, Boerse Stuttgart generated turnover of around EUR 6,2 billion in July 2019-an increase of nearly 25 per cent compared to the previous month.
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S&P Dow Jones Indices: Europe Dashboard
July 31, 2020--European equities ended July in negative territory following an earnings season which included worse than expected results from many of Europe’s largest banks.
From a sectoral perspective, Utilities and Materials led the way up in Europe.
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London Stock Exchange may sell Milan bourse to secure Refinitiv deal
July 31, 2020--The London Stock Exchange (LSE) said on Friday it may sell all or part of Borsa Italiana to help get its $27 billion takeover of Refinitiv over the line, a move that could trigger a bidding war among European exchanges for the Milan assets.
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ECB-Euro area bank interest rate statistics: June 2020
July 31, 2020--The composite cost-of-borrowing indicator for new loans to corporations remained broadly unchanged at 1.49% in June 2020, and the one for new loans to households for house purchase showed no change at 1.42%
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FESE-The Evolution of EU Equity Market Structure
July 30, 2020--Thirty months after the implementation of MiFID II, it is clear that policymakers' ambition to increase equity trading transparency by bringing more flow to lit venues has not been realised.
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Tabula reveals plans for first ESG fixed income ETF
July 29, 2020--Tabula IM research found investors are looking for more innovation and transparency in ESG fixed income ETFs
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July 29, 2020--Britain's largest pension scheme Nest has pledged to tighten its climate change policy with an investment of €5.5bn into environmentally friendly strategies.
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ECB-Euro area economic and financial developments by institutional sector: first quarter of 2020
July 28, 2020--Euro area net saving decreased to €832 billion in the four quarters to the first quarter of 2020, compared with €871 billion in the four quarters to the previous quarter. Euro area net non-financial investment decreased to €573 billion (from €584 billion previously), due to decreased investments by households and non-financial corporations. Euro area net lending to the rest of the world decreased to €267 billion (from €295 billion previously) reflecting the decrease in net saving.
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New Credit Suisse ETF on Xetra: Sustainable investments combined with low volatility
July 27, 2020--A new exchange traded fund issued by Credit Suisse Asset Management has been tradable on Xetra and Börse Frankfurt since Monday.
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EU fund managers back fee changes to Mifid II trading rules
July 27, 2020--Exemption on bonds and small companies research aimed at boosting economic recovery
European fund managers have welcomed plans from Brussels to exempt them from paying a fee for research on bonds and small companies.
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ECB-Monetary developments in the euro area: June 2020
July 27, 2020--Annual growth rate of broad monetary aggregate M3 increased to 9.2% in June 2020 from 8.9% in May
Annual growth rate of narrower monetary aggregate M1, comprising currency in circulation and overnight deposits, stood at 12.6% in June, compared with 12.5% in May.
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Brussels to ease capital markets rules to aid business recovery
July 24, 2020--A Capital Markets Recovery Package, outlined by the EU Commission Friday, amends the Prospectus Regulation, MiFID II and securitisation rules to help businesses to raise capital on public markets.
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ESMA publishes the MiFID/MiFIR Annual Review Report
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Two Solactive Fixed Income and Equity Indices underline Amundi's expansion of Prime ETF Range
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New Lyxor ETFs on Xetra: First sustainable investments based on the Paris Climate Agreement
July 22, 2020--Since Wednesday, two new exchange traded funds issued by Lyxor International Asset Management are tradable on Xetra and Börse Frankfurt.
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The impact of the crisis on smaller companies and new mechanisms for non-performing loans
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EU reaches historic deal on pandemic recovery after fractious summit
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ESMA publishes its first Review Reports on the MiFIR transparency regime
July 16, 2020--The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA), the EU's securities markets regulator, has published today two final Reports reviewing key provisions of the MiFID II/MiFIR transparency regime.
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July 15, 2020--Since Wednesday, three new exchange traded funds from HSBC Global Asset Management have been tradable on Xetra and Börse Frankfurt.
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ESMA issues second report on sanctions under MiFID II
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Invesco launches physical gold ETC
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Invesco said its new product was "designed to provide the performance of the gold price, less the annual fee and hedging costs".
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BNP Paribas Asset Management survey shows Covid-19 prompts rise in social considerations within investment decision-making
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ESG has become an even greater focus for 23% of respondents: 81% of respondents already employ ESG in all or part of their portfolios and a further 16% plan to do so
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