IMPACT Newsletter – April/May

Throughout May Leverton and Ninety One ran a Virtual Wellness Series where we invited you to Reflect and Unwind; this saw us boosting morale, taking part in Yoga and Pilates and learning about our immune system health. We understand the importance of supporting our network both physically and mentally during this time so thank you to all of you who took part.

Below are my pick of articles from the last couple of months:

Leverton nominated for Contribution to Gender Diversity Award!

We are delighted to have been nominated for the Contribution to Gender Diversity Award in this year’s Women in Investment Awards. A big thank you to all those who put our name forward.


Covid-19 crisis could set women back decades, experts fear

The coronavirus pandemic is having a devastating effect on gender equality and could set women back decades. It was revealed that women are bearing the brunt of extra childcare and housework and are losing jobs in greater numbers than men. Campaigners, politicians and work experts said a dearth of female voices at the heart of government also risks putting 50 years of progress into reverse.

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Women-led hedge funds beat male rivals in coronavirus crisis

On a more positive note a small cluster of hedge funds managed by women has outperformed those run by men through the coronavirus crisis, new data shows, highlighting the industry’s long-running lack of progress in fixing its gender imbalance.

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Delving into the data on diversity

With so many in the global fund industry talking a good game regarding gender equality, why does female representation still stand at much the same level as 20 years ago?

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EM boutique to donate a % of revenue to charity for women

Alquity Investment Management will donate 40% of its fund management fees from new investments to help those affected by Covid-19. One of the two charities they are supporting is a Ghanaian charity for women ‘Global Mamas’, which teaches women to make handicrafts to sell providing them with a continued income. It is great to see our industry helping women in need.

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Brexit is already creating barriers for attracting young European talent

Hanneke Smits, CEO at Newton Investment Management worries about regulatory equivalence and immigration as the UK exits the EU.

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Women Are ‘Claiming Their Power’ in Investment Clubs of Their Own

Traditional financial channels, women say, have often been blind to their needs. Meetup groups and other organizations are filling a void.

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