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  • Normalising economies may mean moderate returns download

    White papers 11 January 2019

    After 10 good years, the markets appear to be finally getting back to pre-crisis norms. Our analysis suggests that this normalisation may result in investment returns becoming much more modest than they have been over the years since the financial crisis, when extraordinarily loose monetary policy has boosted asset prices.

  • Global equities: identifying tomorrow’s ‘superstars’ download

    White papers 11 January 2019

    After a bearish end to 2018, financial market participants are preoccupied with the question of whether a global downturn is imminent. Yet they should be asking a different question: have they accounted for the way that technology and other factors are transforming business models?

  • Asian Equities: US-China relationship to remain critical download

    White papers 11 January 2019

    Asia Pacific ex Japan markets started the year well, holding on to gains that were chalked in the strong rally in 2017. But by mid-year, signs of slowing economic growth surfaced, primarily induced by US-China trade tensions, leading to a sharp market correction, particularly for Chinese equities.

  • A tale of two worlds: a robust business cycle in the US and a draining of liquidity in the rest of the world download

    White papers 11 January 2019

    After President Trump signed the ‘Tax Cuts and Jobs Act’ into law on 22 December 2017, we expected corporate earnings growth to be strong in 2018. In fact, it has been far stronger, as the direct effect of the tax cut on corporate earnings was further magnified by the acceleration in economic growth.

  • Fixation on Brexit misses the bigger picture download

    White papers 11 January 2019

    Reflecting on 2018, global equity markets have lurched from optimism to pessimism. At the beginning of the year there was a complacent belief in synchronised global growth. But cut to the fourth quarter and many strategists are speculating whether the United States might soon enter a recession and how Chinese economic growth is slowing as they try to get a grip of their own excessive debt levels.

  • Finding opportunity in Europe’s volatility download

    White papers 11 January 2019

    Looking back at 2018, it was a year when European corporate earnings continued to grow, while market volatility was surprisingly high. The volatility was a result of both political noise and the fear of a slowdown in global growth.

  • It’s all eyes on trade for 2019 download

    White papers 10 January 2019

    There has been a significant de-rating of equities over what has been a disappointing 2018.

  • Redefining the cycle – 2019 CIO outlook download

    White papers 10 January 2019

    We have already had the longest bull market in history and a very long upswing, so this cycle is clearly nearing its end, but we do not believe the end is imminent – rather the cycle is being extended and redefined by a combination of structural factors leading to low interest rates, low inflation and ongoing moderate growth.

  • US mid-term elections – an investor’s view download

    White papers 15 November 2018

    A Q&A with the Head of US Equities, EMEA, which discusses the significance of the forthcoming US mid-terms, Nadia’s outlook for the US economy and market, and how our portfolios are positioned in light of this.

  • Disruptive technologies challenge traditional infrastructure approach download

    White papers 15 November 2018

    Traditional infrastructure investments are being challenged by the pace of innovation, and technology and disruption will likely create opportunities across all core infrastructure asset types. So a highly flexible approach is required to respond to this.

  • Q&A – the credit cycle and interest rates download

    White papers 15 November 2018

    The Head of Investment Grade Credit, EMEA, gives his thoughts on where we are in the credit cycle, what will happen to interest rates, and his expectations for the future and how President Trump might influence this.

  • Competitive advantage takes centre stage download

    White papers 15 November 2018

    Technology firms previously enjoyed three to five years of competitive advantage, but today’s sector is a different beast.

  • Shopping for high-quality industrial property download

    White papers 15 November 2018

    After a year of strong returns, industrial property is in vogue with investors.

  • US smaller companies may shine as rates rise download

    White papers 15 November 2018

    Historically, when Treasury yields rise US smaller companies tend to outperform their large company counterparts – and we could just be entering such a period.

  • Divided we stand...? download

    White papers 15 November 2018

    US yields finished marginally lower after being on the higher side for much of the week.

  • Asset Allocation Update: The three tensions grabbing investor attention download

    White papers 15 November 2018

    Much of October was a brutal month for financial assets.

  • The UN Sustainable Development Goals: A touchstone for today’s responsible investor? download

    White papers 7 November 2018

    Investors are increasingly seeking to understand and measure the wider consequences of where they allocate their capital. In this article, we look at how the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) can help to inform investor choices.

  • Air pollution: Sustainable development and investment opportunity download

    White papers 7 November 2018

    The World Health Organisation estimates that air pollution contributes to seven million deaths per year, largely concentrated in South East Asia and the Western Pacific.

  • Social momentum: How the bond market has an eye on the future download

    White papers 1 November 2018

    Just over a decade ago, in 2007, the iPhone made its debut, Tesla unveiled its first electric car, and the England football team returned home to the new Wembley stadium.

  • In Credit: The sun shines on Brazil? download

    White papers 1 November 2018

    Core US bond yields drifted higher again last week with volatility in Europe centred upon the Italian bond market once again.

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