Islamic Finance and Responsible Finance: A Special Report

In the December 2016 issue of TheEdge Malaysia, a Special Report featured an industry roundtable looking at the linkages between responsible finance and Islamic finance, and the opportunities for greater convergence. Magni CEO Kurt Lieberman was among the esteemed panelists.

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Good is Good for Everybody: The Similarities of Corporate Governance across Faiths

July 2016 In many ways humanity is in a better place than it ever has been. From a material standpoint, the last few decades have seen immense numbers of people move out of poverty. Read Good is Always Good here, written by Kurt Lieberman, Magni’s CEO, and published in “Islam and Civilisational Renewal (ICR)” — an international peer-reviewed journal […]

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The “G” in ESG – Magni’s Perspective

March 2016 While the origin of Responsible Investing dates as far back as the 1500’s, in the 1960’s the term Socially Responsible Investing (SRI) was adopted. In the late 1990’s, SRI began to incorporate other factors, including environmental, social, and corporate governance (ESG). The launch of the United Nation’s Principles of Responsible Investing (PRI) helped […]

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Achieving the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals Requires Sustained Development

November 17, 2015 – The United Nations recently adopted a new set of goals for improving the lives of people around the world. These goals are collectively called the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) and they replace the expiring Millennium Development Goals (MDG). Magni Global Asset Management LLC (Magni) applauds the new goals and congratulates everyone […]

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Magni Becomes Signatory to United Nations’ Principles for Responsible Investment

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 17, 2015 – As part of its pioneering work in country-level governance, Magni Global Asset Management (Magni) today announced that it has become a signatory to the United Nations-supported Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI). The PRI is a global network of asset managers, owners and service providers working together to put […]

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The Social Progress Imperative and Magni Global Asset Management- Does Combining Their Research Create a Better ESG Model?

Saint Paul, Minnesota – June 5, 2015 – Magni Global Asset Management provides management and advisory services based on the belief that Countries Matter™ when investing internationally and applies its proprietary research-driven investment strategy to create global equity portfolios. As part of its research, Magni ranks the investible countries of the world. When Magni discovered […]

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Why is it all about that G, not the S (or even the E) in investing? OR What would Meghan Trainor Have to Say About International ESG Investing?

This isn’t a trick question. Rather, it’s the surprising conundrum many investment managers are having when it comes to global investing for their clients. There simply isn’t clear direction to choosing the “right” stocks. Does relying upon traditional company analysis work for international companies and their stock? Political, geographic and economic unrest serve to complicate […]

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Why is it Important to be Positive When Doing Responsible Investing?

A value-based approach to constructing investment portfolios, with roots back to the 1500’s, became known in the 1960’s as Socially Responsible Investing (SRI). Initially, such portfolios were mostly constructed using a negative screen to exclude companies that were inconsistent with a particular set of values, such as religious, social, ethical or environmental issues. In the […]

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What is Next for SRI/ESG Investing?

Responsible Investing seeks to both align investments with values and obtain attractive returns. While studies found little consistent predictive power from commercially-available screens of companies based on environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) ratings, increasingly the historical perception that Responsible Investing investment products deliver subpar performance is diminishing. Given the large and growing demand of […]

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Does South Africa beat Switzerland in SRI and ESG Investing?

March 2015 As a result of increasing Responsible Investing mandates (including SRI and ESG) from clients, advisors are looking for new approaches to global equity investing On average, developed countries are better for such mandates than emerging countries, though not all countries in each grouping are equal Without widely available international investment analysis, news events […]

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