In August 2022, the UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) issued its Dear CEO letter setting out its Alternatives Supervisory Strategy. This letter touched on several issues that are at the core of our mission here at the SBAI, including risk management, culture and responsible investment.
In this article, we discuss some of the points raised by the FCA and where we can be helpful to firms reviewing their processes and controls following on from this letter.
In this podcast episode from our Founder series, Poul Winslow (until recently Global Head of Capital Markets and Factor Investing at CPP Investments and an SBAI Trustee) is joined by SBAI Trustee Stuart Fiertz (President of Cheyne Capital – one of the founders of the SBAI) to look back at how it all started and how the industry is evolving. They discuss the SBAI, the case for alternatives, ESG and more.
We respond to the US SEC's request for public comment on ESG disclosures for private fund advisers. Key points raised include support for the distinction between different types of ESG strategies and a requirement for a degree of flexibility for asset managers to be able to fully describe their strategies.
We respond to the International Sustainability Standards Board's (ISSB) consultation on Climate Related Disclosures. Key points raised include clarity of scope and a later effective date for asset managers reliant on issuer disclosures.
We respond to the International Sustainability Standards Board's (ISSB) consultation on general sustainability disclosures in financial statements. Key points raised include clarity of scope and additional guidance recommendations for asset managers.
There is much debate in the alternative investment industry about the role of short selling in responsible investment in general and specifically in net zero frameworks. In this thought piece we discuss the importance of short selling in the transition to a low carbon environment and suggest how it should be accounted for in net zero frameworks.
We have responded to the FCA's Disucussion paper on Sustainability and Investment Labels. In this response provide comments on the proposed labeling, entry level criteria and highlight some of the jurisdictional and asset class-based challenges that asset managers might encounter.
Macro strategies typically take a view on economic and political outlooks, including macroeconomic principles using country-related instruments, such as sovereign bonds, currencies, or interest rates. This toolbox memo discusses the practical implementation of Responsible Investment in Macro Strategies.