Monday, 7 October 2019

We're not talking about sofas

Thank God!

That's a different firm, idiot! 'Eh?' ThomasLloyd. PR email. 'Oh. / Were you calling me an idiot, boss?' No, Voice.

But some readers get very confused. Why would I want to write about sofas? Seriously!

Anyway ...

London, Zurich, 30 September 2019. As a signatory of the UN Principles for Responsible Investment (UN PRI), ThomasLloyd participated in an assessment of its investment activities according to UN PRI for the first time. The annual Assessment Report describes in detail the activities and performance of participating companies in terms of responsible investment. The assessment of ThomasLloyd covers two categories, "Strategy & Governance" and the investment focus, "Infrastructure", which are compared with the median for the sector.

So, uh ... 'How old is this email, boss?!' About a week old. 'And, uh ... you're writing the post now, yeah?' Yes. 'Okay.' What's your problem, man? 'I ain't got a problem!' Good.

The leading independent global proponent of responsible investing achieved an excellent score in the Assessment Report: from a standing start ThomasLloyd received 29 out of 30 points, resulting in the top mark of A+ for the infrastructure sector (on a declining scale from A+, A, B, C, D, E), and 21 out of a possible 30 points in the category, "Strategy & Governance", which corresponds to a B. The full report is available free of charge from ThomasLloyd on request.

The full report? Obviously, no endorsements, dear reader(s), but if you want the full report you'll have to, uh ... contact them, yourself, like. 'Have you read it?' Ha! No.

[What a crazy voice!]

Let's move on. Let's hear from Nick Parsons ...

Nick Parsons, Head of Research & Strategy at ThomasLloyd, underlines: "The good first score from UN PRI makes us proud because it highlights our place in the exclusive circle of PRI signatories and in our core competence, infrastructure, we rank among the best in the world. Furthermore, the assessment of our responsible investing acts as an incentive for us to keep improving our score point by point next year."

Okay, okay. Well done, Nick! And good luck next year, obviously. / Oh -

About PRI

The UN Principles for Responsible Investment (UN PRI) were established in 2006 at the initiative of investors in partnership with the finance initiative of the UN environmental programme (UNEP) and the UN Global Compact. The initiative encourages investors to use responsible investments to boost returns and better manage risks. More than 1,400 signatories from 50 countries are now members of the initiative, managing investment capital of more than 59 trillion US dollars.


So, uh ... 'Did you put that ends in, boss?' Yes, I did, Voice. It wasn't in the email. Sometimes I like to add it, if it's not in the email. 'Yeah.' It all depends on what mood I'm in. 'It looks professional.' Of course it does!


Right. Anything else, dear reader(s)? Music update? Man, this is a finance blog! How many times do I have to tell you people?! Jesus! 'Be merciful, boss. Just tell them. They want to know.' Ha! All right. Just this one last time. Unbelievable! Really. I mean ... / Anyway, yesterday, I wrote a new chorus for that "dream" tune from last week. It's fine now. Wonderful, in fact. It's an exciting and very melodic pop/rock song, somewhere between 4.30 and 4.45 in length. I probably won't write the lyric yet, and I'll save the song for my second album, and - 'Ha, ha, ha!' What?! 'You haven't recorded the first album yet. FFS!' The first album is written, son. I don't need any more songs for it. 'Oh.' Besides, I think it's a good idea to have some great tunes lined up for a second album. It will take a lot of pressure off me later.

You see, kook(s), I have this theory that if you want to be a new artist of any kind today, you've got to hit the world hard and consistently for the first two, three, or four years. Maybe five years. Otherwise, people's attention will float off somewhere else. I mean, if I release an album late next year - oh, it might happen - so, 2020, you dig? ...  I'll want to release two more albums in 2021 and 2023. Three great albums in four years. 'Classics!' Certainly, Voice. And that would do the trick, uh ... you dig? I hope so.

Oh, I also wrote a bit of the lyric for Good Times/Bad Times yesterday.