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Currency hedging can prove profitable in a low return environment.

Life in a low-return world: To hedge or not to hedge?

Currency Strategist Van Luu shows how thoughtful management of currency risks and opportunities can help investors reach their objectives, despite the low-return environment.   Russell Investments believe we will see low returns over the next seven to ten years. Pension funds, endowments and individuals may have to adapt their behaviour and strategies or else risk

One week after the UK Election: Scenarios for sterling and Brexit

One week after the UK Election: Scenarios for sterling and Brexit

Theresa May has pushed forward with EU negotiations despite it being widely expected that she will not last a full term in office The pound could fall even lower in the short-term, but we think that the downside is contained A ‘softer’ Brexit may be positive for sterling In the event that Britain leaves the

UK Elections - Brexit

UK Election: A hung parliament

The lack of a Conservative majority realises a hung parliament. The impact of this on Brexit is hard to predict Markets are likely to move into ‘risk-off’ mode seeing a decline in sterling, UK equites and gilts Investors should prepare for increased market volatility as we expect a chaotic and difficult time for Westminster Russell

Page Title Unconstrained Bonds – taste the secret sauce

Unconstrained Bonds – taste the secret sauce

Unconstrained fixed income has become a popular strategy. By choosing investments that are free from benchmark constraints and that allow the managers wide-ranging discretion, investors aim to achieve consistent positive performance irrespective of a potential turn in the interest rate cycle. But in a world of low prospective returns, a successful unconstrained bond strategy needs

May 31, 2017 Categories: Investment, Investment Strategy, Markets

The economic outlook according to stocks and bonds: will it be rosy or will it be bleak?

With buoyant equity markets on the one hand and cautious bond markets on the other, Russell Investments’ strategist Van Luu analyses which asset class is right, if any. Asset class divergence We have reached a point where equity and bond markets are diverging significantly. Global equity markets trade close to all-time highs while bond markets

Global Fixed Income Survey

Fixed Income Survey Results: Spotlight on Local EMD, Rates & Credit Spreads

Last October we initiated a quarterly global fixed income survey using responses from leading bond and currency managers highlighted by our research process. This quarter’s survey included 165 responses from managers with specialisms ranging across Global Rates, Global Investment Grade Credit, Global Leveraged Credit, Securitised, US Municipal Bonds, Active Currency, and Emerging Markets (EM) including

May 12, 2017 Categories: Investment, Investment Strategy, Markets
Russell Investments Wire Blog Factor Exposure

Using factor exposures to in pursuit of better returns in a multi-asset portfolio

The low interest rate environment of recent years has created a challenging return outlook for institutional investors. In response, one area that many investors have turned to in their pursuit of incremental returns is factor exposure management (widely referred to as smart beta). Factor exposures in a multi-asset context The management of factor exposures is

Apr 13, 2017 Categories: Investment, Investment Strategy

Multi-asset investing – how much risk can you afford?

Investors today face a challenging landscape, with high valuations across many traditional asset classes. Those high valuations come with low prospective returns, below-normal yields and, last but not least, high risk of significant drawdowns. More than ever, investors need to consider how much risk they can afford in pursuit of their investment goals. And more

Quarterly Fixed Income Survey: bound in a narrow range

After an 80 basis point jump in US Treasury yields following the US presidential election, fixed income money managers have adjusted to the new environment. Across rates, spreads and major currencies, our second Global Fixed Income Survey1 shows managers’ forecasts are mostly clustered in a narrow range. The tightest consensus of all is for 2-3

Feb 24, 2017 Categories: Investment, Investment Strategy, Markets

ESG in fixed income – do bond managers walk the walk?

I’ve just completed our second annual survey of fixed income managers’ attitudes to Responsible Investment and Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) factors. Our new 2016 survey highlighted an increasing level of ESG awareness and a widespread willingness to incorporate ESG factors into fixed income managers’ investment processes. ESG is becoming increasingly important for many investors,

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