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Manulife Investment Management takes a multipronged look at the role of sustainable investing and ESG analysis in its latest Global Intelligence report

Manulife Investment Management takes a multipronged look at the role of sustainable investing and ESG analysis in its latest Global Intelligence report
  • Examines the risks of failing to incorporate ESG factors into macroeconomic forecasts
  • Offers perspectives on how biodiversity and ESG considerations have and will continue to affect sustainable investing and valuations
  • Discusses how sustainability is driving new sources of value creation for private equity investors

MANILA, Philippines, July 30, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Manulife Investment Management today released its semiannual Global Intelligence report, a firmwide outlook highlighting notable perspectives from its investment teams. Key themes in the report include the rising role of environmental, social, and governance (ESG) factors, including biodiversity and stewardship in macroeconomic valuation and the creation of value across the asset class spectrum. The investment teams also describe the case for China bonds as a stand-alone asset class, as well as the role of real assets in the deepening search for yield and income security in retirement.

"One enduring outcome of the past year is the importance of sustainability," said Paul R. Lorentz, president and CEO of Manulife Investment Management. "Against this backdrop, we devote much of the latest edition of Global Intelligence to examining those sustainability scenarios and their impact on investments and investment decisions."

Christopher P. Conkey, CFA, global head of public markets at Manulife Investment Management, said, "Sustainable investing is no longer an option. It is a necessity—for us, for the global economy, and for our investors. We've made significant progress in the past year and aim to consider sustainability in everything we do as a business, across both traditional and alternative asset classes."

Stephen J. Blewitt, global head of private markets at Manulife Investment Management, added, "Sustainable investing is essential for illiquid private assets that we manage over a long time horizon. We take a critical look at biodiversity and the tools we have at our disposal. Further, findings from our private equity team reveal how better stewardship can unlock value in private equity."

Notable asset class themes, shifts, and guidance within Global Intelligence include:

  • Applying an ESG lens to macroeconomic analysis—a starting placeManaging Director, Global Chief Economist, and Global Head of Macroeconomic Strategy, Frances Donald, takes a closer look at how climate change factors and targets could alter an economy's growth trajectory, the implications of government-led green initiatives on fiscal policy and productivity, and the impact of a growing wealth divide on monetary policy and central bank action.
  • Sustainable private equity and the new drivers of value creationESG Director of Private Markets, Maria Clara Rendon Echeverri, and Global Head of Private Equity, Vipon Ghai, highlight the expectations of private equity investors for ESG practices by the general partners (GPs) they invest with and how GPs are responding by implementing new and creative investment ideas.
  • Valuing biodiversity: the tools at our disposalChief Sustainability Officer of Private Markets, Brian J. Kernohan, and Global Head of ESG Integration and Research of Public Markets, Peter Mennie, explore the inclusion of biodiversity implications into investment portfolios and take a closer look at how green bonds have fundamentally changed how people think about the debt market.
  • A closer look at the growing appeal of China bonds for global investorsSenior Portfolio Manager of Fixed Income, Paula Chan, discusses the case for China bonds as a strategic long-term allocation while showing the potential benefits of China bonds as a replacement for emerging-market debt and brings forward the merits for China bonds as a stand-alone asset class.
  • Emerging markets and the case for sustainable investingSenior Portfolio Managers, Kathryn Langridge and Philip Ehrmann, and Asia Head of ESG Eric Nietsch, CFA, review why emerging markets offer some of the world's most consequential investment opportunities for investors focused on mitigating global climate and social risks.
  • Building better retirement plans with liability-driven investingGlobal Head of Liability-Driven Investments, Financial Engineering, and Quantitative Research of the Multi-Asset Solutions Team, Serge Lapierre, and Professor of Asset Management and Associate Dean for Corporate Engagement at Cass Business School, Andrew Clare, dissect how the liability-driven investing approach to the management of retirement plan assets can help reduce the risks that a typical plan faces.

For more information and to view the full report, please click here.

Manulife Investment Management

Manulife Investment Management is the global wealth and asset management segment of Manulife Financial Corporation. We draw on more than a century of financial stewardship and the full resources of our parent company to serve individuals, institutions, and retirement plan members worldwide. Headquartered in Toronto, our leading capabilities in public and private markets are strengthened by an investment footprint that spans 17 countries and territories. We complement these capabilities by providing access to a network of unaffiliated asset managers from around the world. We're committed to investing responsibly across our businesses. We develop innovative global frameworks for sustainable investing, collaboratively engage with companies in our securities portfolios, and maintain a high standard of stewardship where we own and operate assets, and we believe in supporting financial well-being through our workplace retirement plans. Today, plan sponsors around the world rely on our retirement plan administration and investment expertise to help their employees plan for, save for, and live a better retirement.

As of March 31, 2021, Manulife Investment Management had CAD$764.1 billion (US$607.6 billion) in assets under management and administration. Not all offerings are available in all jurisdictions. For additional information, please visit

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