Brexit – risks and opportunities for your portfolio

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Brexit was a big shock to many investors. There’s been a ‘sledgehammer’ response from the Bank of England. So what can you learn from the risks and opportunities around Brexit? The Bank of England cut interest rates for the first time in over seven years by 0.25bp from a previous record low of 0.5pc. A

August 15, 2016 Categories: Investment, Investment Strategy, Markets
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Why we (and others) like Emerging Market currencies and bonds

After years of difficulties and underperformance, Emerging Market (EM) assets have the makings of a turn-round. In this blog, we focus on EM currencies and bonds. We explain our long-term positive view, using our appraisal process focusing on the business cycle, asset valuation, and investor sentiment (Cycle, Value and Sentiment or CVS). We also review

Aug 11, 2016 Categories: Investement, Investment Strategy, Markets
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The cost of currency: Finding potential opportunity in risk

Exchange rates are buffeted by political decisions and can seem utterly unpredictable, as recent events illustrate (see below). Pension funds and other asset owners are exposed to exchange rate fluctuations through their international portfolio holdings. Many of them see currency risk as an unwelcome by-product of international diversification, and they may try to reduce or

Aug 4, 2016 Categories: Market Updates
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Active Share: The truth about core-satellite investing

In this post, we continue the active share1 conversation by tackling core-satellite investing. We also address the misperception that limiting active management to a small portion of the portfolio is an efficient way of achieving high active share and capturing excess returns with low fees. Jon: Leola, will you start by defining core-satellite? Leola: The

Jul 28, 2016 Categories: Investment
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Multi-asset investing: the importance of protecting the downside.

Multi-asset investing is a hot topic. Increasingly, a wide range of investors want the dynamic allocation and effective diversification attributes that a well-managed multi-asset portfolio can provide. Savvy investors also want to ensure their multi-asset fund uses best-of-breed managers and strategies in every asset class, to generate the extra performance that is so vital in

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Q3 market outlook: Too long, too short or just right?

One of the dilemmas that we have when we produce our quarterly market outlook is the length. Do we produce a two-page summary document with just the soundbites? Or the full document with all the details? Like Goldilocks in Robert Southey’s children’s story, I prefer something in-between. In his video summary, Paul Eitelman, one of

Jul 12, 2016 Categories: Markets
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Global market outlook: lacklustre

You would have seen a lot of initial reactions to Brexit, for example, “Where to now that we have a Brexit vote?” What impact does news such as this have on our global market outlook? You can read our full outlook here, but see a summary below. Here’s a word that’s not very inspiring: Lacklustre.

Jul 6, 2016 Categories: Markets
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You cannot work out what’s next for China by extrapolation

Investment means dealing with an uncertain future, but forecasting is a tricky undertaking. The First Law of Forecasting Human beings tend to follow a pretty simple formula when forecasting the future, namely: assume that current trends will continue. We might even call that the First Law of Forecasting.1 That is not a bad approach when

Jun 29, 2016 Categories: Markets
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Where to now that we have a Brexit vote?

Later this morning, Jenny Watson, the Chair of the Electoral Commission, will conclude the UK referendum on EU membership by announcing the result in favour of a decision to leave the EU. This historic moment brings to an end the referendum process but simply heralds a new chapter of uncertainty for the UK and the

Jun 24, 2016 Categories: Market Updates, Markets
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Being Responsible Voters

Even before the US Primaries & UK referendum, voting has been a highly debated issue. Executive pay, board governance and climate change have been areas of focus in recent shareholder meetings. Whilst the UN Principles of Responsible Investment (UNPRI) and Stewardship codes have asked asset owners and managers to be more pro-active on voting practices,

Jun 17, 2016 Categories: Investment, Markets, Pension Insights

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