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  • Targeting positive returns in an uncertain climate download

    White papers 5 November 2019

    A decade after the global financial crisis, the uncertain economic conditions it ushered in continue to starve Europe’s investors of returns...

  • Partners Group: gaining from long-term tailwinds download

    White papers 5 November 2019

    Private markets, including equity and debt, infrastructure and real estate, stand out as a high-margin part of the asset management sector that is still expanding, with returns higher than those delivered by public markets.

  • Macro and structural woes leave banks out in the cold download

    White papers 5 November 2019

    With valuations plumbing depths seen in 2009 and 2012, and headwinds many and varied, is there hope on the horizon for one of Europe’s most beleaguered sectors?

  • Italy is the eurozone economy most likely heading for a ‘lost decade’ download

    White papers 5 November 2019

    As Japan found out the hard way, a healthy banking sector is key to restoring health to an economy. But Europe’s third biggest economy, with its vastly undercapitalised banks, looks destined to remain in the doldrums for some time...

  • The stage is set for a rebound in unloved European value stocks download

    White papers 5 November 2019

    Investors have been troubled by the region recently, with a growing feeling that it is mirroring Japan’s ‘lost decade’. But there are reasons to be positive about it, and we are bullish on defensive stocks which we believe are currently trading too cheaply...

  • Sustainable infrastructure: it’s not just about clean energy download

    White papers 11 October 2019

    Decarbonising existing infrastructure will reduce greenhouse gas emissions and reinforce investment returns...

  • Leaders’ Perspectives: Quarterly – Autumn 2019 download

    White papers 10 September 2019

    In the Autumn 2019 issue of the Leader’s Perspectives:...

  • Time is running out to solve China’s debt bubble download

    White papers 7 August 2019

    Many investors are focused on the outlook for trade talks with the US, fearing an all-out trade war which would negatively impact global, and especially Chinese, equity markets. But investors underestimate the mounting problems caused by the recent rapid expansion of credit in China. Only radical solutions now remain to resolve the country’s growing credit bubble, says Paul Smillie.

  • How Global Investment Grade Can Help Pension Schemes Deliver Their Promises download

    White papers 7 August 2019

    With many defined pension schemes in negative cashflow, interest in cashflow-driven investing (CDI) is increasing. We believe the $11.3 trillion global investment grade credit universe offers the best means of maximising potential returns from a core CDI strategy. Moreover, advances in technology allow us to build portfolios more quickly, optimising returns and limiting risk.

  • Flashforward: Drawing Parallels With 1999/2000 download

    White papers 7 August 2019

    Investors in the UK and overseas are adopting extreme positioning in their hunt for defensive growth. In doing so the elastic has become very stretched and a sharp rotation could be overdue. This market dynamic is reminiscent of 1999/2000 whereby ‘old economy’ stocks are discarded in favour of ‘new economy’ ones.

  • Asset Allocation Update - July 2019 download

    White papers 24 July 2019

    After sharp drawdowns towards the end of 2018 stock markets are re-approaching their all-time highs. This is despite escalating geopolitical tensions in the Gulf, the risks of a disorderly Brexit, softening economic data, and professional company analysts cutting their profit forecasts for stocks in every major market. All this, along with simmering trade tensions between the United States and almost every other country in the world.

  • Ri Tool: A Portfolio Manager’s Perspective Responsible Investment | March 2019

    White papers 4 July 2019

    Our proprietary responsible investment ratings is an innovative tool that combines ESG and financial stewardship data to create a single company rating for 5,500 listed equities globally. So how do our PMs use it?

  • Ri Tool: A Portfolio Manager’s Perspective download

    White papers 4 July 2019

    Our proprietary responsible investment ratings is an innovative tool that combines ESG and financial stewardship data to create a single company rating for 5,500 listed equities globally. So how do our PMs use it?

  • A Guide To Responsible Investment Ratings At Columbia Threadneedle Investments download

    White papers 4 July 2019

    Our proprietary responsible investment (RI) ratings provide our global investment team with a robust responsible investment framework and enhanced analysis of over 5,500 companies around the world.

  • Asset Allocation Update - MAY 2019 download

    Asset Manager News 30 May 2019

    Cash flows and discount rates have moved in opposite directions over the past six months, and discount rate moves have triumphed. Take the year so far. Equity cash flows, proxied by earnings growth expectations1, have weakened across each major equity bloc or region, shifting horizontally to the left in Figure 1. Yet stock market returns have risen – moving up vertically – apparently shrugging off the weaker cash flow picture.

  • Responsible Investment Quarterly Q4 2018 download

    White papers 30 May 2019

    Cloud computing, machine learning and the potential of the, as yet, relatively untapped field of data science have been rapidly rising up the agenda of the investment world. In an industry that is undergoing seismic changes, the capabilities, reach and efficiencies that data science innovation offers have potential to play an important role...

  • Two quarters of turbulence: what the pre-Christmas plunge and new year rebound say about markets download

    White papers 30 May 2019

    World equity indices plunged during Q4 last year before staging a powerful recovery, regaining virtually all the ground they had lost. This extraordinary turn of events may look irrational, but it tells a coherent story about the fragility of investor confidence as we navigate the end of this economic cycle and approach the US elections in 2020...

  • Interpreting Brexit – impact of a hard or soft outcome download

    White papers 30 May 2019

    The UK’s departure from the European Union is still up in the air, despite setting a new date in October for leaving There remains no clarity on where the country will stand in terms of a deal by the time the formal process is triggered When the UK finally leaves, it probably faces two extremes – a hard or soft Brexit. Consensus suggests the former would cause more disruption...

  • Global fixed income: it’s time for investors to stay watchful and nimble download

    White papers 30 May 2019

    In the space of just 12 months, markets have switched from expecting interest rate rises to expecting interest rate falls. Broadly speaking, this means 2019 should be a good year for fixed income. But investors are treading a fine line and need to differentiate between fixed income strategies.

  • Threadneedle (Lux) European Social Bond Fund - Annual Social Impact Report download

    White papers 30 May 2019

    The Fund, the first of its kind in Europe, aims to deliver both a financial and a social return by investing in corporate bonds across Europe. It has a clear focus on supporting positive outcomes for individuals, communities or society as a whole.

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