Australia to check bank bonuses – new rules ahead

The Australian financial markets may see new phase in the banking bonuses in the future. According to Wall Street Journal, the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority is thinking to analyse past annual bonuses if misconduct is revealed.

According to the news, the financial regulator wants to defer parts of bank bonuses for several years and change the structure of bonuses, with at least half of variable pay measured against risks other than financial performance. The new measures are aimed at aligning executive pay with the interests of customers, shareholders and others with stakes in the financial industry.

The remuneration draft was released on Tuesday and it is expected that the new rules would come into force in 2021.

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Tesla Q1 release on Wednesday next week  – new governance guide

The US electric car manufacturer Tesla (TSLA) has announced that the company Q1 information will be released on Wednesday, the 24th April. Also the Investor Day related to Autonomous driving would be next week Monday the 22nd April.

Tesla published a couple of weeks ago its last year production figures. According to that, Tesla produced approximately 77 100 total vechiles, of which were 62 950 Model 3. Deliveries were approximately 63000 vehicles, which was 110 % more than the same quarter last year. Also Tesla confirmed that the guidance for this year would be 360000-400000 vehicles deliveries.

Yesterday the company also announced changes to its board. According to information Brad Buss and Linda Johnson Rice wil not seek re-election, which means that the Board size will decrease to nine. The company has also published new governing rule which cuts the term to two years instead of three. This means that there would be also changes in the Board during 2020. The annual shareholder meeting will be on June, the 11th. The new governing rule will help shareholders vote on the Board performance more frequentely.

Tesla share rose 0,75 % to 273,26 dollars in New York before the Easter holidays. During one year period the share has declined 5,85 %. During 2019 the share has plunged 18 %.

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The Swedish Pension Fund AP4 to focus on climate change

The leading Swedish Pension Fund AP4 is focusing on governance and climate change issues. In PUB+ interview the managing director Mats Andersson, also the Ambassador of UN Decarbonazation Coalition, says that they have done the portfolio decarbonazation over three years ago and  their target is that by 2015 they have all the equity assets as low carbon assets. Mr Andersson was speaking in EarthRate ESG discussion in Stockholm.

-This year we will analyse the Asian markets  and Japan. We have done the earlier
research related to US and European markets. This work has helped us to
minimize the carbon output by 50 per cent, he says.

– In Sweden our focus is on Governance and Climate Change. Abroad we will
focus on working together with other AP funds and other engagement
funds, especially in Japan, he says.

Andersson says that good governance is about diversity, owner-driven strategies and transparent policy.

The fund assets were 295 billion Swedish kronor and  the fund is also awarded by the IPE as the Best Public Penson Fund in 2014.  According to the company during the last 10 years the total return has been 7,6 per cent in average. Last year the total return was 15,7 per cent after the  costs and the fund made their record profit of 40 billion Swedish kronor.

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