Research Articles

Sustainability in Islamic Finance

March 2019 Kurt Lieberman has been asked by Islamic Finance News to author a monthly column. Each column will cover an aspect of sustainability, governance and Islamic finance. Read the March 2019 post: Greater impact through shared values Read the April 2019 post: More than this Read the May 2019 post: Can I make a difference? […]

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Malaysia’s Once-in-a-Lifetime Opportunity

By Kurt Lieberman, CEO, Magni Global Asset Management February 2019 The Khazanah Research Institute recently published a provocative article about the future of Malaysia. The article’s authors proudly recount the epic change on May 9, 2018, with the stunning victory of Pakatan Harapan, the opposition party, and its new prime minister, Mahathir Bin Mohamad. Read […]

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ESG Ratings: Too Much ‘Garbage in’ ‘Garbage out’

By Kurt Lieberman, CEO, Magni Global Asset Management November 2018 In 2016 the Global Sustainable Investment Alliance reported that sustainable investment assets reached $22.89 trillion — a 25% increase over 2014. While Europe accounts for over half the total assets, the US is among the fastest growing countries, with an increase of 33% in sustainable […]

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Magni’s Position on Proxy Proposals for Lobbying Disclosure 

October 29, 2018   Magni votes company proxies on behalf of clients and is guided in its votes by applying corporate governance best practices as described in Magni’s Sustainable Value Creation principles.  Company proxies often have a shareholder proposal regarding better lobbying disclosure. Company boards tend to resist increased disclosure, and often the boards declare that existing disclosures are adequate.  Disclosure is an important part of good governance. Lobbying disclosure is about both the board’s stewardship of company assets […]

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Magni’s Position on Proxy Proposals for Lowering Threshold on Special Meetings

October 15, 2018 Magni votes company proxies on behalf of clients and is guided in its votes by applying corporate governance best practices as described in Magni’s Sustainable Value Creation principles. Company proxies often have a shareholder proposal to lower the threshold for special meetings. Company boards tend to resist lowering the threshold for special […]

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Magni’s Position on Proxy Independent Chairman Proposals 

October 2, 2018  Magni votes company proxies on behalf of clients and is guided in its votes by applying corporate governance best practices as described in Magni’s Sustainable Value Creation principles.  Requiring an independent chairman is a proxy proposal that is made by shareholders of a company. The intent of the proposal is to require a separation of the CEO and Chairman roles in order to increase the independence of the board. This is one of the key items ESG rating services look at when evaluating companies. However, […]

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