Weekly Research Highlights – 19 March 2024

The fintech industry is rapidly evolving and disrupting traditional financial systems. In this article, we bring you the latest research insights to help you stay ahead of the curve and understand the future of financial technology. Enjoy researching!

European Pension Survey (Goldman Sachs Asset Management)

The European Pension Fund Survey reveals a positive outlook among pension funds despite economic challenges. Key points include a focus on fixed income for high returns, a significant commitment to sustainable investments, and reliance on external expertise for portfolio management. Overall, pension funds are strategically positioning themselves to capitalize on opportunities, prioritize sustainability, and enhance portfolio management capabilities. Read more

Pension funds look to sell real estate investments (IPE)

European pension funds, as per a survey by Goldman Sachs Asset Management (GSAM), are showing a strong aversion to real estate investments, with nearly a third intending to sell such assets. Instead, they prefer allocating funds to investment-grade bonds and private loans, anticipating better returns. Notably, pension funds express interest in continuing to invest in private assets like private credit, equity, and infrastructure. Sustainability considerations, particularly Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) factors, play a significant role in decision-making, with a majority of respondents integrating ESG into their investment strategies. However, concerns about greenwashing by asset managers persist. GSAM launches a new Green Bond ETF, offering passive investment options in green bonds, aiming to complement existing actively managed green bond funds. Read more

The EBA publishes final draft technical standards on complaints handling for issuers of asset referenced tokens (European Banking Authority)

The European Banking Authority (EBA) has finalized draft Regulatory Technical Standards (RTS) governing the handling of complaints by issuers of asset reference tokens (ARTs), in accordance with the Markets in Crypto-Assets Regulation (MiCAR). Developed with input from the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA), these standards address various aspects of complaints management, following a public consultation period. The EBA made targeted amendments to enhance clarity and alignment with ESMA’s standards, particularly regarding languages, data protection, and electronic complaint submission. These RTS will come into effect twenty days after their publication in the Official Journal of the European Union. Read more

Unlocking the E in ESG (Copenhagen Fintech)

The Nordic fintech sector is leading the way in innovative ESG solutions, driving significant progress in environmental responsibility. In collaboration with PA Consulting and insights from Finans Denmark and other Nordic fintech hubs, a comprehensive study was conducted, featuring in-depth interviews with key stakeholders and mapping out the Nordic climate fintech landscape. The report showcases the commitment of these fintechs to environmental responsibility and explores how partnerships with climate fintechs are advancing the green transition for institutions and organizations, going beyond traditional financial services. Read more

Innovation Matters (Spotify)

In this podcast, sustainable innovation experts Anthony Schiavo, Mike Holman, and Karthik Subramanian from Lux Research delve into the pressing need for more profound innovation to address climate, waste, and health challenges in an increasingly uncertain world. They emphasize the importance of deeptech innovation across various sectors including energy, manufacturing, agrifood, and resources. Through analysis of the latest news and interviews with leading experts, the podcast aims to navigate the technological, economic, political, and social trends that will shape the success or failure of innovations.
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