The online mob and the sustainability transition


Very few will mourn the passing of 2020. But those hoping for a calmer new year were swiftly disappointed.

2021 was only six days old when the US Capitol was stormed by a motley crew of extremists and fantasists. This perplexing event met its financial markets equivalent in the very same month. Gamestop shares soared 1,745% in the first 17 trading days of the year. Read more …

Why 2021 will be such a critical year for the climate


Hindsight is 2020

2020 was a monumental year on just about every level. It was a year that challenged us to reconsider almost all our prior assumptions. Even more remarkable therefore, that climate change remained a persistent issue on investors’ agendas through the year. Read more …

Accelerating the transition to net zero


As a naturally skeptical group, investors might be forgiven for expressing some suspicion at the growth in ‘net zero carbon’ pledges over recent months. One wag on Twitter quipped that he would like to commit to ‘net zero alcohol by 2050’. A preferred New Year’s resolution to the ‘dryanuary’ that would actually compel him to stop drinking alcohol! Read more …

A New Era for London and Brussels


The past is a foreign country; they do things differently there. It is only four-and-a-half years since the UK decided to leave the European Union, which it finally did at the end of last month. But so much has changed since 2016 that it can feel like peering back into a different age. Read more …

Building a movement: why WHEB Asset Management is becoming a Future-Fit Pioneer


 

For anyone who has yet to watch Derek Sivers’ TED talk on ‘how to start a movement’, I highly recommend it[i]. A lone dancer at a music festival dances on a hill, seemingly oblivious to the sardonic glances of fellow festival goers. Before long though, the lone dancer has become a leader at the heart of a whirling mass of ecstatic dancers. As Mr. Sivers points out in his presentation, ‘a leader needs the guts to stand out and be ridiculed.’ Read more …

Investing in breakthroughs


The ESG ‘stampede’

The WHEB team has a fifteen-year track record in sustainable investing. Looking back over this period, we can say that this is undoubtedly the most exciting period in this history. We say this with the scars still-fresh from fighting what was, until very recently, a lonely battle. Many of our clients have also been on this journey and are now enjoying what we’ve been calling the ‘ESG stampede’. Read more …

“If you think education is expensive, try ignorance.”


“If you think education is expensive, try ignorance.”[1]

Education has always been one of WHEB’s nine investment themes. George Lucas, the filmmaker, called education ‘the single most important job of the human race’. It is central to the improvement of the human condition and as such, sits at the heart of the concept of sustainable development. Read more …

Is it time to jump on the hydrogen bandwagon?


In the first half of 2020, investors were piling money into hydrogen-linked stocks. During the second quarter, the stock price of hydrogen-powered car company Nikola shot up 535%.  Other shares related to the technology were also very strong. Read more …

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