by Annelise Osborne, Senior Advisor Capital Markets

This past week’s headlines read “Carbon Dioxide, Which Drives Climate Change, Reaches Highest Level In 4 Million Years” and “Keystone XL’s Demise Shows Hard Road for New Pipelines” which highlights the national focus of decreasing carbon output. According to the US Energy Information Administration, commercial and residential buildings are responsible for 40% of US carbon dioxide emissions (Source). How can we in commercial real estate address carbon emissions and work to reduce the footprint and what is the financial cost?

Addressing the cost first, the financial gain of Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG)…

Peter Neumann revisits the piece he wrote back in January and looks at what has changed in the sphere of commodities

by Peter Neumann, Senior Advisor Commodities at RS Metrics

As we head into the last month of H1 2021, MetalSignals™ continues to point to steady and strong copper and aluminum prices. The latest IMF forecast revision out in April projects global GDP growth in 2021 at 6%, the highest since the 1970’s. This is due to a number of factors that are well developed — primarily, global fiscal support and increasing shift towards higher levels of vaccinations.Since May 2019, MetalSignals™ has been “green” (positive) on 3 month LME copper for 17 months out of 24. On the one month indication…

“An ESG Starting Guide for Young Practitioners” by Konstantina Yaneva, RS Metrics

by Konstantina Yaneva, RS Metrics Data Science intern

In recent years, consensus has broadened over the pertinence of environmental and social causes in managing risk and profitability in the financial sector. A large and ever-growing number of actors (banks, investors, regulatory bodies, business, NGOs, and governments) have expressed their commitment to evaluating investments and corporate performance through the lens of ESG. And though the ongoing pandemic has only accelerated the demand for solutions that strengthen economic and company resilience, integrating sustainability factors in finance remains a difficulty given the complexity of modeling and managing ESG.

Proposed here is a small…

by Malcolm Harris, Senior Advisor ESG, RS Metrics

This Earth Day, we were again reminded of the gargantuan challenges we are facing as we attempt to deal with the impacts of climate change. In addition, the public is becoming increasingly aware of the effect that industry has on the planet beyond emissions — including land use, biodiversity, water stress, and other issues. The good news is that investors, who are a crucial part of driving positive change, have really started realizing what the nature of the challenge is and are trying to tailor their capital allocation accordingly.

However, as they…

During the month of March, our team celebrates the achievements of inspiring women and their contribution to the world of science and technology. For our employee spotlight series, we spoke with Rashmi Bomiriya, PhD, the Managing Director (Asia Holdings) and Chief Data Scientist at RS Metrics, about the reasons why she joined our team and her views on the future of data science. If you want to learn more about the leadership team behind RS Metrics, visit our official website

How did you end up working for RS Metrics?

When I returned to Sri Lanka after completing the PhD program…

by James Gavilan, Senior Advisor Sales

This month “Our Advisor’s Thoughts On…”is looking a little different. We sat down for an interview with one of our newest Board of Advisors members and Head of Sales — James Gavilan. With more than 24 years of experience in the commodities world, Jimmy shared his thoughts on what the most prevalent industry topics in 2021 are and why every C-level executive should be looking at ESG right now.

You can also listen to the full interview with James Gavilan.

Tell me a little bit about your background and what brought you to this…

by Richard Anfang, Senior Advisor Technology

Sometimes landmark technological breakthroughs are actually built upon combining multiple innovations into a single product. A prime example of this is the development of smartphones, introduced just over a decade ago. Improved price and performance of compute and storage, ubiquitous internet access, and the innovative licensing of digital content (not to mention Apple’s aesthetic design and Steve Jobs’ marketing genius) played an invaluable role in the introduction of the iPhone.

GeoSpatial data-analytics: new trader tools to aid decision-making in the metals markets

by Peter Neumann, Senior Advisor Commodities at RS Metrics

Successfully navigating and positioning in global metals markets from the perspectives of adding or mitigating risk, requires the use of a variety of tools. Whether the trader or trading group is a consumer of metals, a producer, an investor, a sovereign, or a contract party to any of these, inventory tracking and monitoring are critical components to the risk and positioning assessments.

When it comes to exchange-traded markets such as the LME (London Metals Exchange) often one of the first sets of data points examined in developing a strategy, view, or…

One of the largest issues facing the ESG market sphere today is the lack of coordination both among ratings providers and among data providers. Many companies are rated based on varying aspects, with different weights being placed on each category by the raters. At a time when, due to the growing popularity of impact investing combined with advances in AI and machine learning, there is unparalleled data available for ESG raters, it is easy to see how this could be overwhelming for a relatively new industry.

This has caused some of these ratings to suffer a perceived loss of credibility…

On June 2, satellite imagery derived analytics provider RS Metrics hosted a webinar discussing the recent trends in the commodities metal market.

MetalSignals is one of RS Metrics’s main products, as it monitors and analyzes Aluminum, Copper, Zinc, and Iron Ore at approximately 500 smelters and storage sites globally. The product covers metal and concentrate stockpiles, finished products (ingots, cathodes, etc.), copper anodes, semi-trailer trucks, employee cars, and dump trucks and tippers to gauge a certain location’s production. …

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