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Why China, Why Now?Subscription

Thu, 18 Jan 2018

The domestic Chinese equity markets are some of the largest and most liquid in the world, and they offer unique investment opportunities—yet they have been largely neglected by institutional investors. 

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Fixed income playbook 2018: less risk, more diversificationSubscription

Wed, 17 Jan 2018

On the heels of two good years in the bond market, the best days for fixed income are likely behind us. 2016 produced strong returns in most sectors, especially high yield corporate bonds, which generated double digit gains. 

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THINK US: Commercial real estate debt - The sweet spot for investing in a portfolio superfoodSubscription

Wed, 17 Jan 2018

Commercial real estate debt can act as a ‘superfood’ for various types of investment portfolios by enhancing performance. In our analysis, CRE debt can provide real estate equity and multi-asset portfolios with higher risk-adjusted returns. 

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Europe: economic optimism and fewer wins for the populistsSubscription

Wed, 17 Jan 2018

As 2018 starts, the scene is set for a positive year for equities. Across Europe, there are clear indicators of continuing economic growth after a very strong 2017.

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Each month IPE surveys around 100 asset managers with one or more European segregated mandates for their predictions for equities, bonds and currency markets in the next 6 to 12 months

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Despite rising geopolitical tensions, there was no corresponding rise in negative sentiment in the most recent survey period. That does not mean there were no changes in sentiment trends; only that shifts were mostly slight. Perhaps it is important to put quiet times in perspective, however. Just as an ocean’s tidal shift can occur almost imperceptibly, the power behind the change can be more

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William Blair Investment Management
William Blair is committed to building enduring relationships with our clients and providing expertise and solutions to meet their evolving needs. We work closely with private and public pension funds, insurance companies, endowments, foundations, and sovereign wealth funds, as well as financial advisors. We are 100% active-employee-owned with broad-based ownership. Our investment teams are solely focused on active management and employ disciplined, analytical research processes across a wide range of strategies, including U.S. equity, non-U.S. equity, fixed income, multi-asset, and alternatives. William Blair is based in Chicago with an investment management office in London and service offices in Zurich and Sydney.

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The Case for Macro
Macro investors adopt a top-down view of the world in which they analyze broad trends to allocate risk across asset classes, geographies, sectors, and currencies—resulting in a liquid strategy that aims to deliver strong risk-adjusted returns without having to rely on rising equity or bond more

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Adding Science to the Art of Active Management
Traditional active asset management firms—long-only, fundamentally-driven stock-pickers—are facing a crisis of relevance as the shift from active to passive picks more

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The 2018 asset class outlook: Disruption is yielding opportunity across markets

Wed, 29 Nov 2017Updated: Wed, 20 Dec 2017

The market environment in 2018 will not benefit all assets equally, requiring investors to be both active and selective to make the most out of their portfolios. Hear the outlook for investing from our asset class heads.

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The 2018 global economic outlook: the sluggish growth recovery has been disrupted

Wed, 29 Nov 2017Updated: Wed, 20 Dec 2017

Markus Schomer, CFA, Chief Economist, explores why growth will further synchronize in 2018 and support the ongoing risk-on rally in financial markets.

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  • QN-2398

    Asset class: Real Estate.
    Asset region: The client will consider: Europe ex. UK, Europe incl. UK and UK Only Funds.
    Size: EUR 60 - 100 million per investment.
    Closing date: 2018-01-31.

  • QN-2401

    Asset class: All/large Cap Equities.
    Asset region: Global Developed Markets.
    Size: $100m.
    Closing date: 2018-02-02.

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