Amy McIntyre

green bonds

Many of the world’s leading financial institutions are increasingly turning to alternative investments, particularly those tied to environmental or social causes, in order to attract the best returns for their clients and customers. Foremost among them are many insurance and pension fund managers who are committed to providing long-term, stable

forestry climate change

A new report has found that although climate finance can be particularly effective in sectors such as renewable energy, funding is not efficient when it comes to protecting forests and the rights of the wildlife that inhabits them. According to Climate Focus’s “Finance for Forests” report, which examines how effectively

pharmaceuticals investment

The pharmaceuticals and chemistry industry in the UK has continued to grow in the third quarter of 2017, with around 13 per cent of firms reporting an increase in sales in the three months to September. According to the Chemical Industries Association, the chemicals and pharmaceuticals industries already add £14.4

classic cars alternative investments

Classic cars have taken top position among alternative investment assets after achieving growth of 192 per cent over the past decade, according to new figures. The Classic Car Report 2017, released in October by global art insurance firm AXA Art, has revealed that classic cars continue to perform strongly against

nz forestry bond

A new project in New Zealand has begun to build the business case for a proposed green bond which would be leveraged to fund the planting of new forests around the country. The project, led by consultant Sam Lindsay and the Auckland University of Technology (AUT)’s policy researcher Dr David

cryptocurrency hedge fund

Online currencies such as Bitcoin and Ethereum are propelling hedge funds that back them to new financial heights, according to new research, with the number of those that specialise in cryptocurrencies alone increasing. According to data compiled by fintech research house Autonomous NEXT, there are now 110 hedge funds specialising

Urban forest

Investment in forestry within urban areas, or Urban Forests, could be the key to making cities across the Asia-Pacific region greener and more environmentally friendly, according to a report unveiled at the Asia-Pacific Urban Forestry Meeting in Seoul, Republic of Korea. Launched in front of representatives from 17 countries from

Singapore impact investment

A worldwide survey conducted by Natixis Global Asset Management has revealed that around three in four, or 73 per cent, Singaporean investors consider investing in companies based on their social impact. According to the research, based on the company's 2017 Individual Investor Survey,, 84 per cent of investors review their

tasmanian forestry

Around 29,000 hectares of hardwood plantations have been sold in Tasmania, according to the Australian government, and could allow for more sustainable forestry in the future. Australian Resources Minister Guy Barnett has revealed that the plantations have been sold for AU$60.7 million to Reliance Forest Fibre as a means of

collectible musical instruments violin

Rare musical instruments have been named at the top of the collectibles investment chart following the release of a new report from investment bank Coutts. Although it deals with rare items that sell less frequency than many of its collectible counterparts, the musical instruments market reached the top of the