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Summer reading – Cooling off with a book, but which one?

As you leave for the holidays, here are some suggestions from our experts for you to read, watch, or listen to.  

Sustainability is a focus, with our recommendations addressing the effects of human activity on biodiversity and marine life

Change is another major theme, either technological or societal change, or the role of China in the global system. 


Alex Bernhardt, Global Head of Sustainability Research

Breaking Boundaries: The Science Of Our Planet. This documentary by David Attenborough and scientist Johan Rockström gives an overview on biodiversity loss and how it could still be prevented. You might want to read Johan Rockström’s Investment Symposium Series – Biodiversity, food and health: The crucial pieces of the 1.5°C jigsaw (bnpparibas-am.com) on our blog as well.

Staying with video, A Plastic Ocean – The Movie​ shows the devastating effects of human activity on marine life and highlights the importance of reducing single-use plastic for the health of ecosystems.

Still away from paper, the Zero – Bloomberg​ podcast by Akshat Rathi explores practicable policies, technologies, and investments, to tackle climate change and get to net zero emissions.

Finally, There Is No Planet B by Mike Berners-Lee is a practical and accessible book on environmental and economic challenges.


Yannick Leite Velho, Portfolio Manager Alternative Investments

In Principles for Dealing with The Changing World Order: Why Nations Succeed and Fail, Ray Dalio explores the shifts in the global economic and political landscape, analysing historical patterns and cycles to understand the evolving world order. By combining key factors and topics such as the impact of technology, societal and cultural change, as well as resource allocation and distribution, he offers readers a comprehensive understanding of the implications that shifts in the world order may have on various aspects of life and business.


Fabien Benchetrit, Portfolio Manager Alternative Investments

The 2015 book The Signal and the Noise: Why So Many Predictions Fail – but Some Don’t by Nate Silver remains relevant, offering a detailed review of the best forecasters in multiple fields: from hurricanes, to baseball, to poker, to pandemics and financial markets. His goals are to 1. Understand how the best forecasters differentiate signal from noise (as we aim to do in investing); 2. Identify commonalities among the best forecasters. A sneak peek: It is about mastering probabilities…


Adam Kanzer, Head of Stewardship, Americas

In Moving Beyond Modern Portfolio Theory: Investing that Matters, Jon Lukomnik and James P. Hawley discuss how MPT has taught investors to accept beta (market risk) and focus on alpha, but note that the most significant positive and negative portfolio impacts come from beta and that investors do have tools to manage beta.

The Darkness Manifesto: On Light Pollution, Night Ecology, and the Ancient Rhythms that Sustain Life by Johan Eklöf presents a fascinating account of the importance of the cycles of light and darkness for all life and how artificial light is disturbing ecosystems and impacting human health. It is an overlooked aspect of the nature crisis that deserves more attention.


Peter Abbott, Head of Team, European Equity Large Cap

Pegasus: How a Spy in Your Pocket Threatens the End of Privacy, Dignity, and Democracy by Laurent Richard and Sandrine Rigaud is the story behind the eponymous and controversial spyware that has been blacklisted by the US government. If you think your communications are secure, think again.

Disclaimer

Please note that articles may contain technical language. For this reason, they may not be suitable for readers without professional investment experience. Any views expressed here are those of the author as of the date of publication, are based on available information, and are subject to change without notice. Individual portfolio management teams may hold different views and may take different investment decisions for different clients. This document does not constitute investment advice. The value of investments and the income they generate may go down as well as up and it is possible that investors will not recover their initial outlay. Past performance is no guarantee for future returns. Investing in emerging markets, or specialised or restricted sectors is likely to be subject to a higher-than-average volatility due to a high degree of concentration, greater uncertainty because less information is available, there is less liquidity or due to greater sensitivity to changes in market conditions (social, political and economic conditions). Some emerging markets offer less security than the majority of international developed markets. For this reason, services for portfolio transactions, liquidation and conservation on behalf of funds invested in emerging markets may carry greater risk.
Environmental, social and governance (ESG) investment risk: The lack of common or harmonised definitions and labels integrating ESG and sustainability criteria at EU level may result in different approaches by managers when setting ESG objectives. This also means that it may be difficult to compare strategies integrating ESG and sustainability criteria to the extent that the selection and weightings applied to select investments may be based on metrics that may share the same name but have different underlying meanings. In evaluating a security based on the ESG and sustainability criteria, the Investment Manager may also use data sources provided by external ESG research providers. Given the evolving nature of ESG, these data sources may for the time being be incomplete, inaccurate or unavailable. Applying responsible business conduct standards in the investment process may lead to the exclusion of securities of certain issuers. Consequently, (the Sub-Fund's) performance may at times be better or worse than the performance of relatable funds that do not apply such standards.

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