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  • 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.

  • 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...

  • 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.

  • 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 ...

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • European equities: targeting positive returns in an uncertain climate download

    White papers 19 March 2019

    A decade after the financial crisis, the uncertain economic conditions it ushered in are starving Europe’s investors of returns.

  • In Credit - Life in the slow lane download

    White papers 18 March 2019

    Government bonds remain supported by evidence of a slowing in the global economy. This was reflected in the decline in Machine Tool Orders in Japan (See chart of the week), which were lower by 29% on an annual basis at the most recent reading. The US market outperformed last week with yields falling by 4bps for 10-year bonds.

  • Chinese consumers: your country needs you download

    White papers 27 February 2019

    Consumption now accounts for over half China’s economy, but spending is decreasing...

  • How Airports Are Flying High: A Social Perspective download

    White papers 21 February 2019

    Holding airport bonds in our social strategies often raises questions. But aviation brings huge social and economic benefits, and is making great environmental strides...

  • 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.

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