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Passive Doesn’t Mean Inactive

It’s shareholder meeting season – and passive investors are having their say.

Index strategies are now a mainstay in many institutional portfolios, but a passive approach to some allocations doesn’t leave investors without a voice at shareholder meetings of the underlying companies.

Voting and engagement at annual meetings are two key levers that global asset managers – passive or active – can pull to create long-term value for their investors. Passive management is a long-term management style, and provides a solid foundation for managers such as Lyxor to build strong relationship with companies and improve business practices.

As the 2019 voting season has unfolded, a few trends have emerged: Executive pay is a recurring and highly sensitive topic at shareholder gatherings. A second trend is investor activism in Europe, particularly in France, and the emergence of new, far more vocal activists. Yet another trend is the importance of climate change, and the emergence of additional non-financial topics being discussed, such as a company’s raison d'être.

Lyxor’s Head of SRI explains how passive activism at shareholder meetings can be a powerful lever for change.


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