Will the US presidential election impact markets?

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The US presidential election has been top of mind for most people, given our 24-hour news channels and relentless coverage. But it’s worth taking a step back to evaluate the real impact of a presidential race on investments, and how that impact compares to other factors.This year we’re seeing populist movements in both major political

September 29, 2016 Categories: Markets
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No great surprise – Fed rate remains steady

This was the closest call we’ve seen in a while,but probably to no one’s great surprise the U.S Federal Reserve (the Fed) decided to hold rates steady at 25-50 basis points today. It was a move that was pretty well signaled September 12 when Federal Reserve Governor Lael Brainard remained steadfastly dovish in a speech,

Sep 22, 2016 Categories: Investment Strategy, Markets
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Emerging Markets Equities – Emerging Investment Performance

Emerging Markets (EM) are a hot topic for investors. In the first of three blogs, Senior Investment Strategist Graham Harman reviews the case for long term value in EM equities. His next blogs will examine where the risks are for this asset class and discuss whether now is the right time to buy. Emerging markets

Sep 14, 2016 Categories: Investment, Investment Strategy, Markets
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Seeking return from fixed income: credit where credit’s due

Investors are struggling. High valuations and low interest rates make both equities and government bonds prospectively riskier and less rewarding. The search is on for alternative approaches and more flexible outcome-oriented strategies. Credit can play an important role in this search, but investors need to understand the characteristics of credit risk and where it fits

Sep 6, 2016 Categories: Investement, Markets, Uncategorized
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Brexit – risks and opportunities for your portfolio

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

Aug 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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