Insight

US withdrawal from Paris climate agreement

It came as no great surprise when President Trump finally announced his expected decision to withdraw the US from the historic Paris Agreement on 1 June 2017.

Having promised to take this step as one of the pillars of his presidential campaign on the basis that the Agreement unfairly penalised American competitiveness and jobs, Trump was always going to be bound to this commitment or risk appearing politically weak – even if it’s possible that withdrawal might not be completed before the next presidential election in November 2019.

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Bring me sunshine

Last year, for the first time ever in the UK, solar power generated more electricity than coal over the course of a month. In tandem, major advances in battery technology are delivering unprecedented energy-storage capabilities. Are we on the verge of a truly “disruptive” breakthrough? And, if so, who are the winners and losers likely to be?

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Rathbone Greenbank Review Spring 2017

The momentous political events of 2016 left many investors with an altered sense of what can and cannot be predicted. With Donald Trump now in place in the highest office of a global superpower and  the UK’s Brexit negotiations imminent, this year’s elections in Europe may give a further indication of the extent to which the world  is changing.

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Assessing portfolio climate impacts

In 2015, we published our first carbon footprint of the equity holdings across all investment portfolios managed by Rathbone Greenbank. This used a tool developed by our ethical research team to allow individual client portfolios to be footprinted. Here, we present the results of an updated carbon footprint analysis as part of our renewed commitment to the Montréal Carbon Pledge.

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The challenge of assessing executive pay

The High Pay Centre think tank has dubbed today ‘Fat Cat Wednesday’, having calculated that by lunchtime leading executives will already have earned the average UK salary of £28,200. 

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Good Money Week 2016 – Make Your Money Count

As part of this year’s Good Money Week, Rathbone Greenbank participated in a Make Your Money Count event in Edinburgh. Good Money Week is an annual campaign aimed at promoting awareness of the social, environmental and investment benefits of sustainable, responsible and ethical finance.

During a well-attended and informative debate at St Andrew’s and St George’s West Church, guest speakers explored a variety of ways in which we might consider directing our money towards more beneficial ends and using our collective financial muscle to turn good intentions into positive actions.

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