G7 Pensions Forum: expert warns on “quantitative naivety” of financial industry

As part of the preparatory work of the G7 Pensions Forum, experts from key jurisdictions, including the United Kingdom, the United States, the European Union, Australia, China and the MENA area, weighed in on issues such as “the firm of the future”, fintech, financial regulation/governance and the rise of fiduciary capitalism in the “Post-Covid Era”.

G.S. Khoo, board member and ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) councillor, Singapore Economic Forum (SEF) and the former head of Enterprise Risk Management for Alberta Investment Management Corp. (AIMCo), sounded a cautionary note regarding the “quantitative naivety” of many in the financial industry, insisting on the need to integrate all available ESG metrics, including those which may seem “discontinuous” or irregular at first glance. Khoo has over 30 years of artificial intelligence, financial engineering and data mining work experience, including in Malaysia and Hong Kong.

Khoo was cited in the report as stating: “Lifecycle data aggregation and systemic analysis across long time sequences are essential …Just like the intermittent appearances of an aurora borealis, timely alternative data analysis, when harnessed appropriately, can yield insightful and sometimes unexpected visions of ESG risks and returns.”

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