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ECONOMY| 25.03.2021

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“The Solvency II review needs to boost insurers’ ability to invest in sustainable assets.”

Companies’ commitment to sustainability has accelerated as a result of the pandemic. Concern about the topic has also grown among European authorities. It is not insignificant that the Next Generation EU plan, approved by Brussels, will focus on two key issues: the digital and sustainable future. Antonio Huertas, chairman and CEO of MAPFRE, spoke about this issue during his presentation at the Finance Observatory, organized by Invertia.

“The new European ESG regulation is great for us because it reinforces what we have always tried to do.”

El Confidencial interviews José Luis Jiménez, MAPFRE’s group chief investment officer. He is firmly committed to value and sees a good opportunity to use rotation to extract value in the market. He also analyzes the economic situation in Europe and the asset management business, with special emphasis on ESG investments and the latest regulatory changes.

ESG regulation: bringing green to light

In an article published in the new Sustainable Economy section of Expansión, Ismael García Puente, asset manager and fund selector at MAPFRE Gestión Patrimonial, answers five key questions that will help boost your knowledge of the developments that have taken place and will take place within the European Union on the regulation of sustainable finance.

“The market is boring. There’s a lot of noise, but the fundamentals aren’t changing.”

Investors have hit the brakes after the rallies of recent weeks that have been driven by both the improvement in the pandemic and the dramatic readjustment of US growth expectations. Alberto Matellán analyzes this movement and, as he does every week, offers his recommendations to retail investors.

Macquarie and MAPFRE acquire prime Hamburg office building

MAPFRE has acquired a prime office building in Hamburg from Allianz Real Estate, the sixth investment it has made through the SIEREF fund, which it holds together with partners such as Macquarie. As part of the insurance group’s commitment to sustainability, it has been awarded the DGNB Gold seal, which evaluates economic, environmental, comfort and quality aspects.

“In Latin America, the crisis will mean making swifter progress on public policy.”

The report Latin America: an Agenda for Recovery, prepared by the Euroamerica Foundation and the Ibero-American Business Foundation, with the support of the Development Bank of Latin America (CAF), sets out a 10-point list of proposals to promote a strategy for economic recovery in the region after the COVID-19 crisis. Manuel Aguilera, general manager of MAPFRE Economics, shares his thoughts on the document, which also features a contribution from him.

New times and new needs for the WTO

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala takes the reins of the World Trade Organization (WTO), an organization that, after 26 years of history, needs to shake itself up somewhat and modify the trade rules it promotes if it is to survive the signs of the times. In this article published in El Confidencial, Gonzalo de Cadenas-Santiago, director of macroeconomic and financial analysis at MAPFRE Economics, analyzes a list of requirements to ensure the correct functioning of the organization.

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