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  • 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.

  • 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?

  • 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.

  • 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...

  • 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.

  • 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?

  • 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...

  • 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.

  • 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...

  • Asset Allocation Update - Much ado about equities and credit download

    White papers 21 February 2019

    Equities and corporate bonds often do well together. Over the past 20 years the “beta coefficient” between credit to equities has been 0.5 in both the US and Europe; that is to say, for every 1% rise (or fall) in equity prices, credit markets have tended to return (or weaken) 0.5%.

  • 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?

  • 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.

  • 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.

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