The long-awaited final report of the High Level Expert Group on Sustainable Finance, which helped the European Commission with its strategy to foster sustainable finances, was made public on 29 January 2018.
Equities performed very weakly in December, resulting in a year which posted a loss overall. Our expert, Johan Gallopyn, takes stock of the previous month and the year 2018 in terms of the equity, bond, currency and commodity markets.
The recent wave of redundancies in the industrial and financial sector as well as the commotion surrounding CETA have put the challenges that come with automation and globalisation centre stage. These challenges come in addition to the issue of ageing and require urgent policy responses.
“Comply or explain”: this is the principle which increasingly defines the regulatory framework, particularly in Europe. Regulation is increasingly pushing companies and investors to assume their responsibility towards society and the various stakeholders.