Forecasts frustrated by too many unknowns

Forecasts frustrated by too many unknowns

Caution should prevail while economists struggle with forecasts in a climate of too many unknowns, according to François Duhen, chief economist and strategist at Swiss banking group Crédit Mutuel-CIC.

Published : 15, Feb 2017
Is political risk in Europe a buying opportunity?

Is political risk in Europe a buying opportunity?...

Political risk in Europe is likely to be short-lived and presents a buying opportunity for European high yield credit, according to Craig Ellinger, UBS Asset Management’s Chicago-based global head of high yield.

Published : 15, Feb 2017
ANALYSIS: Time to worry about inflation?

ANALYSIS: Time to worry about inflation?

Inflation in the United Kingdom economy has crept up to within a hair’s breadth of the Bank of England’s target, and with rates down at 0.25% could the horse be about to bolt before the stable door is closed?

Published : 14, Feb 2017
ECB remains in wait-and-see mode as inflation picks up

ECB remains in wait-and-see mode as inflation...

The European Central Bank (ECB) is keeping its monetary policy unchanged, as ECB-president Mario Draghi expressed confidence that inflation in the Eurozone is “converging to our objective”.

Published : 20, Jan 2017
Is duration risk an issue for high-yield investors?

Is duration risk an issue for high-yield investors?...

As inflation is rising and interest rates seem to have bottomed, investors are reducing the duration of their bond portfolios. But is duration risk really a factor in all fixed income asset classes?

Published : 19, Jan 2017
GAM expands systematic Ucits fund range

GAM expands systematic Ucits fund range

Swiss-based asset manager GAM has launched a Dublin-domiciled Ucits version of its CCP Core Macro fund, targeting strong systematic macro returns with annualised volatility of 10%.

Published : 10, Jan 2017
Rotation from bonds into equities might not last long

Rotation from bonds into equities might not last...

Global growth in the second half of 2017 will help determine whether investors keep shifting assets out of bonds and into to equities, said Thomas Kwan, the chief investment officer for Hong Kong-based Harvest Global Investments.

Published : 6, Jan 2017
Analysis: New investment landscape for 2017

Analysis: New investment landscape for 2017

Markets have displayed an uncanny ability to take political bombshells in their stride but the same may not be true in 2017.

Published : 20, Dec 2016
Which asset classes performed best in 2016?

Which asset classes performed best in 2016?

2016 has been a remarkable year. The two best performing large equity markets this year are countries that have been mired in recession for years. At the same time, the stock market of the world’s fastest growing large economy has been delivering some of the lowest returns.

Published : 19, Dec 2016
Russian stocks rally as Trump policy priorities take shape

Russian stocks rally as Trump policy priorities...

The Russian equity market has bounced back remarkably in recent months. Is this just another symptom of the 'Trump rally', or are there other, more structural reasons for this revival?

Published : 14, Dec 2016
ESG demand grows despite performance doubt

ESG demand grows despite performance doubt

Interest in environmental, social and governance (ESG) investing is set to grow despite no hard evidence on how it influences performance, according to Kelsey Biggers, head of investment risk at Franklin Templeton.

Published : 14, Dec 2016
ANALYSIS: Are the bulls about to charge?

ANALYSIS: Are the bulls about to charge?

If the fund managers surveyed on a monthly basis by Bank of America Merrill Lynch are any indication, animal spirits have returned.

Published : 13, Dec 2016
Pimco calls for €30bn injection into Italian banks

Pimco calls for €30bn injection into Italian banks...

An equity injection of €30bn to €40bn could revive Italy’s beleaguered banks, according to Pimco’s global head of financial research Philippe Bodereau.

Published : 12, Dec 2016
ANALYSIS: Will the Fed turn its back on the world next year?

ANALYSIS: Will the Fed turn its back on the world...

With a December interest rate rise now close to certain, investors will no longer be trying to assess when the Federal Reserve will raise rates next, but what the path will be after this.

Published : 29, Nov 2016
It’s anyone’s guess what's going on inside Trump’s head

It’s anyone’s guess what's going on inside Trump’s...

What a game changer the election of Donald Trump as US president is likely to be across so many fronts.

Published : 28, Nov 2016
Diving for pearls: Nine global funds worth considering

Diving for pearls: Nine global funds worth considering...

With 267 funds, the Investment Association (IA) Global sector is second only in variety to its UK All Companies, which comprises 269 funds. It is one of the oldest and most popular sectors and also very diverse, both in terms of type of offering and also in terms of performance.

Published : 25, Nov 2016
ANALYSIS: Pragmatic Hammond and the art of the possible

ANALYSIS: Pragmatic Hammond and the art of the...

Anyone hoping for infrastructure spending plans on a Trumpian scale was disappointed on Tuesday by what most commentators described as a cautious and pragmatic Autumn Statement from Philip Hammond.

Published : 23, Nov 2016
ANALYSIS: Value vs growth not a black and white issue

ANALYSIS: Value vs growth not a black and white...

Ignore the politics. If there’s one takeaway for investors from 2016, it’s the move from growth to value.

Published : 22, Nov 2016
It is time for active managers to leave benchmarks behind

It is time for active managers to leave benchmarks...

Benchmarks are a vital part of the asset management sector. Funds are measured against them, bonuses worked out in relation to them and entire sectors of the industry predicated upon them. But, if recent trends are extrapolated outwards, the days of the benchmark in its current form should be numbered.

Published : 21, Nov 2016
Not all inflation expectations are equal – Pioneer

Not all inflation expectations are equal – Pioneer...

The sharp jump in global inflation expectations since Donald Trump’s US election success papers over several significant differences in the inflation path for different countries, said Tanguy Le Saout.

Published : 21, Nov 2016

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