Financial Services

Better Life Breakthroughs: Innovation in Investment

February 15, 2017


February 15, 2017

Gareth Nicholson


Gareth was a managing editor for the Economist Intelligence Unit’s thought leadership division in Asia. He manages research projects in the Asia Pacific region with a special focus on financial services and the investment industry. Before joining The EIU, Gareth was a director in the institutional marketing and communications team at BlackRock for Asia, focused on investment commentaries, content and events. Prior to this he performed a similar role for Fidelity in Asia Pacific, editing and producing investment perspectives to support cross-channel marketing efforts. He was previously Head of Corporate Communications for Mirae Asset Global Investments in Hong Kong.

Prior to his time in asset management, Gareth was a financial journalist for over 15 years.  He began his career at the Financial Times in London as a companies news editor before moving to Reuters as a senior equities editor, working in London and Hong Kong. He also led financial coverage for Bloomberg in Japan during the financial crisis. He has a Bachelors degree in economics from the University of Manchester and a Masters degree in philosophy from the University of London. 


This report examines how innovation and advances in technology are opening up new avenues of investment opportunities for high net worth investors, and how they may develop in future.

The main conclusions in this report are:

  • SRI is on the cusp of a evolution.
  • Sustainability will become more standardised.
  • Emerging markets will catch up with - and at times surpass - developed markets.
  • "Green" will go mainstream.
  • Technology will "democratise" investment.
  • Expect an SRI-fintech feedback loop.

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