Ph.D., Global Head of Capital Markets & Thematic Research
Hans-Jörg Naumer is Global Head of Capital Markets & Thematic Research with Allianz Global Investors which he joined in 2000. The focus of his work is on analysis relating to strategic and tactical allocations, specific investment opportunities and the identification of long-term investment trends. Before joining the firm, he worked for Société Générale, where he became the Head of Research Germany and was part of the French investment bank’s international research team. From his vantage point as an analyst and economist, he observed the establishment of the Economic and Monetary Union and thus ranked among the prime “ECB Watchers”. He started his professional career in the corporate banking division of Deutsche Bank in 1994. Hans-Jörg studied economics at the University of Mannheim, one of the leading universities for economics and business studies in Germany. During his studies, he worked at the Chair for Macroeconomics.
The world is becoming a better place. All the indicators concur:
increasing life expectancy on every continent of the planet, falling
child mortality and child labour, rising prosperity and, from a global
perspective, declining inequality. Wherever the forces of creative
disruption are allowed to unfold, we have every reason to be
rational optimists. But what does this mean for investors and others?
Growing wealth inequality around the world has been exacerbated by rising income inequality – including a divide in who earns income from assets and investments. To reduce the widening gap between rich and poor, mid- and low-income earners should gain more exposure to the “risk premium” offered by financial markets.
This article illustrates the considerable growth in the importance of CSR¹ and ESG for companies and investors. The added value consists not only of a “plus” for sustainability, but may also result in a “plus” for performance, as documented by academic studies.