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When the oil price fell down a well

‘Unprecedented’ is the go-to word to describe a world knocked sideways by Covid-19. For Laura Sheehan, analyst with Newton Investment Management, it’s an apt one when reviewing developments in the energy sector in 2020.

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A turning point for US energy policy?

Every four years, as the US election rolls around, investors face the uphill task of interpreting the shifting political sands and how they might affect their portfolios. Here, Newton analyst Laura Sheehan considers the question of how a Trump or Biden win could change the outlook for the energy sector.

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The US and renewables: A perfect accord?

President Donald Trump’s withdrawal of the US from the United Nations’ Paris Agreement on climate change caused significant backlash for the world’s most powerful nation. Yet Newton Head of Responsible Investment Andrew Parry believes the country remains an extremely attractive base for renewables investment. Now, investors wonder what impact the upcoming presidential election might have on this growing market.

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The hidden world of cybersecurity

Worldwide IT security spending continues to grow as businesses seek to avoid the reputational and other risks associated with increasingly sophisticated cyberattacks. Thorough analysis of a security’s ESG profile is critical in order to highlight potential cybersecurity risks as well as the mitigation steps a company may have taken.

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A balancing act

How did the whipsawing market volatility impact index managers? Mellon explore the challenges and critical considerations.

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Voting in a pandemic

Since Covid-19 changed the world as we know it, everything from campaigning to voting has materially changed. From voter registration—to the process of voting itself—traditional processes to pick a president have been upended in unprecedented new ways, according to Chris Lucas, director of government affairs at BNY Mellon.

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Political ad boon for media

Digital platforms are taking an increasing share of political ad spend but there are other ways heightened tech adoption is impacting the 2020 presidential election and creating future investment opportunities, say Brian Blongastainer and Erik Swords of Mellon.

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