While the history of the global pandemic is still being written, one enduring outcome of the past year will certainly be its effect on the imperative of sustainability. This shared trauma served to remind us just how fragile we are as a community, as a global economy, and as stewards of the earth’s climate. The difficult work of improving environmental, social, and governance norms is taking place at all levels of society, and the resulting changes will have profound implications for investors.
We devote much of this issue of Global Intelligence to examining those sustainability scenarios. Global Chief Economist Frances Donald explores what it means to incorporate ESG factors into macroeconomic forecasts. Our Global Head of Private Equity and Credit Vipon Ghai and our Director of ESG in Private Markets Maria Clara Rendon Echeverri look at the ways that sustainability is being embraced by private companies seeking capital around the world. Senior Portfolio Managers Kathryn Langridge and Philip Ehrmann partner with our Head of ESG in Asia Eric Nietsch to describe how emerging markets represent a concentration of ESG risks and opportunities. Our Global Head of ESG Integration and Research Peter Mennie and our Head of Sustainability in Private Markets Brian Kernohan explore the issue of biodiversity and how investors can better understand the relationship between their portfolios and the natural world.
Another significant issue highlighted by investors over the past year is the deepening search for yield and income security in retirement. Senior Portfolio Manager of Asian Fixed Income Paula Chan and Client Portfolio Manager Dylan Ngai review the merits of a relatively high-yielding asset that until recently was beyond the reach of most investors: onshore Chinese bonds. Serge Lapierre and Frédéric Kibrité from our liability-driven investing team partner with Professor Andrew Clare of the University of London to demonstrate how various approaches to liability-driven portfolios can improve retirement outcomes.
We’re pleased to provide our latest thinking on issues that we believe will affect investors in the months and years to come. At Manulife Investment Management, our global footprint and diverse capabilities enable us to offer both the insight of our experts around the world and the product solutions to help investors realize the possibilities.
We hope you enjoy this edition of Global Intelligence, and we welcome your feedback.
Paul R. Lorentz
President and CEO, Manulife Investment Management
Asset allocator's view
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