In our line of business, we have been busy adapting to new sustainability legislation, such as the EU Taxonomy and the Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation (SFDR). You may have seen a line or two about that in these responsible investment reports.
Henceforth, however, the burden of reporting will fall on our portfolio companies. There is a wealth of new legislation soon to enter into force, requiring substantially more reporting efforts. Learn more in our latest report on responsible investing, no. 2-2023.
The past year turned out to be unusually eventful, with outright war, sharply rising interest rates and towering warnings of an imminent recession. It also turned a lot of accepted wisdom on its head.
The defining event of 2022, by far, was the Russian invasion of Ukraine. The financial world lost no time in condemning it as a horrifying act of aggression but, in retrospect, took far longer to realize the financial consequences. One week after the invasion, the S&P 500 was up almost 4%. At the end of the year, it was an altogether different story.