George Hay is an associate editor in Breakingviews’ London office, covering commodities, the Middle East and general financial policy issues. Prior to that he was Breakingviews’ European Financial Editor, and also worked as a correspondent for AFX News and United Business Media. He has an undergraduate degree from Edinburgh University, a Graduate Diploma in Economics from Birkbeck, University of London, and his work has been recognised at the UK’s Business Journalist of the Year Awards.
The BlackRock boss says the giant asset manager will dump thermal coal-focused investments, and vote against directors who aren’t doing enough on climate change. With most of its $7 trln assets tracking indexes, the firm can only go so far. But Fink’s tone suggests a step change.
Oman’s iconic leader is dead after a 50-year reign. The risk of upheaval has been eased by the appointment of his cousin, and regional tensions that have subsided in recent days. But the longer-term scope for weak finances to hit Muscat’s role as a key Gulf mediator remains.
KKR is looking to list one-quarter of its UK smart-meter group, Calisen. Last year the volume of London listings dipped as new offers were pulled and existing ones lurched. The strategic tailwinds behind Calisen’s sector should stop it being added to the pile of duds.