Emerging Markets: Finding value through specialists and dynamic management

Are you giving emerging markets the attention they deserve? We believe emerging markets deserve at least as much time and effort as developed market allocations. The longer-term growth projection (in GDP, population and consumption) shows that by 2025, emerging markets may represent over 45% of global consumption.1 Many multi-asset portfolios could benefit from this kind

May 4, 2017 Categories: Market Updates, Markets
Brexit

Brexit heats up: 4 things to watch

With the outcome of last year’s Brexit vote paving the way for the UK to leave the European Union (EU), British Prime Minister May began the formal divorce proceedings last month. And now, she has surprisingly called for a snap election, earlier than expected, on 8 June. In the meantime, I keep hearing from investors,

Apr 26, 2017 Categories: Market Updates, Markets

French presidential election: Macron and Le Pen run-off May 7

Although the race between the top four candidates tightened near the end, Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen made it to the second round. The markets seem to consider this good news, likely because it views Macron’s policies as fiscally more conservative than Le Pen’s. In our view, the subsequent market rally – namely in

Apr 25, 2017 Categories: Market Updates
fragile are today’s financial markets

How fragile are today’s financial markets?

The U.S. stock market continues to hit new highs. Interest rates remain remarkably low compared to historical norms. It’s almost 8 years since the last U.S. economic recession. But nothing lasts forever. Feedback loops drive market behaviour At some point, the economic cycle will turn – it always does – and that will most likely

Apr 21, 2017 Categories: Market Updates
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
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When should we care about geopolitical risk?

Between Trump, Brexit, and the coming French elections, there’s been a great deal of focus on geopolitical risks and their possible impacts on markets and investors. So how do we deal with geopolitical risk? We believe the answer lies in taking a close look at Cycle, Value and Sentiment. The power of Cycle, Value and

Global markets forecast: Is the rally based on fake news?

Our team of strategists continually assesses economic data and quantitative modelling when researching what we expect for global markets in the coming quarter and beyond. Let me recap our topline insights from the latest Global Market Outlook – Q2 Update: Undue pessimism about global growth has given way to excessive optimism. Equity markets are overbought

Mar 30, 2017 Categories: Markets

The unseen value of active management

When it comes to achieving outcomes, I believe that there is no purely passive approach. We all need to be active investors in some way. We all make choices, saying yes to some market exposures and investment strategies and no to others. That’s why, at Russell Investments, we believe in both active and passive approaches—as part of a multi-asset investment solution to help achieve desired

Mar 23, 2017 Categories: Multi-asset
Brexit

The Fed throwing caution to the wind? Not so fast.

The U.S. Federal Reserve (the Fed) hiked interest rates again today, raising the target range by a quarter point to 0.75-1.0%. We and, it seems, markets were fully expecting this move, particularly after Fed leaders provided very strong guidance last week that a March hike was in the pipeline.  The bigger issue for investors now

Mar 15, 2017 Categories: Investment, Markets

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

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