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  • 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.

  • The Future Of Food: Eat Or Be Eaten download

    White papers 30 May 2019

    The impact of the food value chain to both the global economy and financial markets is huge But food systems face multiple challenges, from climate change to population growth and unsustainable practices There are investable opportunities with solutions to enhance the sustainability and health of our food systems, and financial markets can play a role in supporting these...

  • In Credit download

    White papers 8 April 2019

    Should I stay… or should I go?

  • Some great companies and attractive valuations offer opportunities in Europe download

    White papers 21 March 2019

    Following strong performance in 2017, European markets retreated in 2018 – a sell-off that was markedly similar to the 2015-16 downturn, when industrials, miners, banks, commodities and emerging markets plummeted by 30% or more...

  • Riding the shared economy wave download

    White papers 21 March 2019

    Pioneers of peer-to-peer economies such as Uber and Airbnb are changing consumer behaviours and disrupting industries from travel to finance. There will be winners and losers...

  • Lessons from a decade of bank bailouts download

    White papers 21 March 2019

    Both the US and the UK moved fast to clean up bank balance sheets – Europe, however, delayed and so will face the next downturn from a weaker position...

  • Europe’s ‘shrinking state’ offers investor opportunities download

    White papers 21 March 2019

    Private sector efficiency can result in a good deal for both the public and investors...

  • Brexit And UK Defined Benefit Funding download

    White papers 21 March 2019

    Immediately following the EU referendum, financial markets downgraded medium-term growth expectations for the UK. Sterling weakened, long-dated government bond yields fell, and UK equity assets fell relative to international equities. Two-and-a- half years on we can see that this weakness has not unwound.

  • Responsible Investment Quarterly download

    White papers 21 March 2019

    The contents of this issue, covers Q4 2018. Foreword from Iain Richards, Head of Responsible Investment Portfolio Manager Viewpoint – Investing for a changing world: a sustainable equities outlook, by Pauline Grange, Portfolio Manager, and Rose Beale, Thematic Analyst. A new age of infrastructure, by Ingrid Edmund, Senior Portfolio Manager Airports flying high: a social perspective, by Ben Kelly, Senior Thematic Analyst SASB update: codification of ...

  • Responsible Investment: From confusion to concrete data download

    White papers 21 March 2019

    Today’s investors don’t need to be convinced of the need to integrate Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) factors to manage risk and optimise performance. Indeed, many also want to assess, understand and measure the wider implications of their investment choices.

  • What rapidly ageing populations mean for investors download

    White papers 21 March 2019

    This issue will not just affect older people – all of society will be impacted by a shrinking workforce and a dominant older demographic.

  • Valuations, BBBs And Policy Change - European Investment Grade Outlook | March 2019 download

    White papers 20 March 2019

    Companies in most developed market economies have enjoyed years of super-low borrowing costs The European IG market has increased in size from a face value of around €800 billion in 2005 to more than €2.1 trillion by the end of January But what might happen to companies were borrowing costs to return to levels many of us considered to be normal only a few years ago...

  • Southeast Asia poised to gain from trade wars download

    White papers 20 March 2019

    Domestic manufacturers in Southeast Asia are likely winners in the trade war and from a trend among multinationals towards reducing dependence on China.

  • Risk-on for Southeast Asian bond markets download

    White papers 20 March 2019

    Local currency debt markets in Southeast Asia have enjoyed a sharp turnaround in fortunes and their upward momentum is supported by improving economic trends.

  • New technology is reshaping Asia beyond China download

    White papers 20 March 2019

    Innovation is rapidly transforming the economies of Southeast Asia and the behaviour of its young and increasingly wealthy populations.

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