Frequently Asked Questions


Wealth Management

On this page, Cleon Papadopoulos has provided answers to just a few of the most frequently asked questions regarding the current Investment environment


What is impact investing?

The phrase ‘impact investing’ refers to investments made into funds, companies or organisations intended to generate measurable non-financial benefits alongside the financial return. These benefits could be environmental or social in nature and could be made in either developed or emerging markets. The goal of this form of investment is to harness an element of positive power from enterprise. Impact investing has increased in popularity over the past few years and can cover any and all asset classes, with areas such as clean technology, community development finance and microfinance seeing particular growth.


How is global energy investment changing?

A new world record was set in 2015 for global renewable energy investment, with $286 billion invested in sustainable green energy. Parallel to this, electricity generated by coal and gas saw less than half that amount invested over the same time period. Most of the investments in renewables focus on solar and wind. Of the top ten countries investing the most in renewables, 6 are developing nations, with China being responsible for approximately one third of the total global investment in renewables. The US, however, invested 20% less in renewables in 2015 than it did in 2014, despite being the second-largest emitter of greenhouse gases.


What investment trends can we expect in 2016?

Many events and circumstances around the world will have an impact on investment trends in the coming year. The struggles of the EU, the uncertainty surrounding Brexit and the outcome of the US presidential elections mean that investment here will likely be muted, whereas diversification strategies in oil-rich countries will see new and sizeable markets opening up. Compliance would become even more important in the wake of events such as the governmental implosion in Brazil and the anti-corruption drive in most countries.