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Macron wins French Presidential election

French Election

In line with the polls, Emmanuel Macron cruised to an easy victory in the second round of the French presidential election, taking 66% of the vote. Macron’s party, En Marche! is also doing well in the polls for the June parliamentary elections1. Which may mean that Macron’s power to implement reforms could be bigger than

May 8, 2017 Categories: Market Updates, Markets

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
Wire-blog-geopolitical-risk

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

2017 and the search for returns: the low-return imperative

How low will returns be in 2017? We believe the search for returns in 2017 is not going to get any easier against a backdrop of high equity prices (notably in the US), narrow credit spreads and low bond yields. The election of Donald Trump as U.S. president has thrown an extra element of uncertainty

Feb 8, 2017 Categories: Multi-asset

Multi-asset investing: Wizard of Odds

In probability theory the Kelly criterion is a way to decide the optimal size of a series of bets. It was discovered by a physicist named Kelly who figured out the idea when he was working in telecommunications research at Bell Labs in the 1950s. Kelly figured out the formula which showed the optimal amount

Passive investing: Are you buying high?

All asset allocations come in and out of favour. Growth versus value. Equity versus fixed. And passive investing is no different. Passive vehicles are clearly popular right now. On the most fundamental level, does that popularity make them a good choice? Is it possible that investors moving into passive are moving in at the top

Nov 16, 2016 Categories: Multi-asset

Multi-Asset Investing: Dynamic Asset Allocation

Truly dynamic allocation is one of the hallmarks of a successful multi-asset portfolio. In this short video, Senior Portfolio Manager David Vickers discusses dynamic allocation within our MAGS Funds, using topical examples to explain our approach. In particular, David focusses on the following questions: What assets are considered for a dynamically managed portfolio? What have

Oct 26, 2016 Categories: Investment, Investment Strategy

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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