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Standard Chartered Securities in collaboration with Allianz Global Investors have introduced the first Sustainable and Responsible Investing (SRI) fund in Brunei.

The Allianz Global Sustainability fund is the latest addition to the range of funds currently distributed exclusively by Standard Chartered Securities which invests in quality companies that generate structural growth with attractive valuations and positive impact to society following Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) principles.

In addition to the SRI fund, the Allianz Global Emerging Market Equity High Dividend fund is also introduced, a fund that focuses on achieving high dividend objectives derived from high quality emerging market stocks.

CEO Standard Chartered Securities and Head, Wealth Management Standard Chartered Bank Brenda Low addressing the audience during the webinar. Image: Courtesy of SCB

Standard Chartered Securities hosted a webinar over the weekend for its clients introducing these new funds while providing market updates in partnership with Allianz Global Investors.

CEO of Standard Chartered Securities Brenda Low in her opening remarks during the session said that Standard Chartered has long been committed to Sustainable Finance.

“Our approach brings together two themes. Firstly, we believe in the critical importance of being a responsible financial institution through managing the potential negative impact of our activities with a strong ESG risk culture,” she said.

Secondly, the bank also believes in the power that finance can have to catalyse a positive impact on the environment and our communities.

Introduction of new funds. Image: Courtesy of SCB

“With better data from companies, combined with better ESG research and analytics, we are seeing more systematic and financially relevant ways to ESG investing,” she added.

ESG investing, when incorporated into a well-defined, long term investment plan, can be a powerful tool to address some of the world’s most pressing challenges, while allowing investors to achieve their personal financial goals.

Low further said that Standard Chartered Securities is committed to continuously expand its range of investment solutions that are relevant and resonate well with the values of our clients.

During the webinar, Allianz Global Investors provided an update of current market conditions, alongside an introduction to ESG.

Presentation by Allianz Global Investors. Image: Courtesy of SCB

Allianz Global Investors (AllianzGI) is a leading active asset manager who works in partnership with many clients around the world, including individuals, families and institutions.

AllianzGI considers sustainability issues intuitively in all investment decisions and engagement, investing for the long term, employing their innovative investment expertise and global resources.

AllianzGI views ESG factors as important investment performance drivers, from both a return and a risk perspective. ESG insights are used across the whole suite of its offerings to generate value for clients.

Standard Chartered Securities offers the widest range of wealth solutions.

Investment Counsellor at Standard Chartered Securities Hazwan Kamarulzaman moderating the webinar. Image: Courtesy of SCB

Potential investors are required to complete a client risk profiling assessment to ensure that they understand their risk appetite before taking up any wealth products.

Investors who wish to know more about wealth products and services can visit Standard Chartered’s Gadong and Kuala Belait branches to speak to any licensed Relationship Manager or Wealth Consultant or visit Standard Chartered’s website www.sc.com/bn. – Analisa Amu

The Bruneian | BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

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