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Making sense of current equity and bond pricing

Making sense of current equity and bond pricing

Jihan Diolosa, Associate Director in the UK Institutional team poses questions to our lead multi-asset portfolio managers based on some of the key issues keeping investors awake at night.   Current equity and bond pricing   Despite equity prices being high, it’s not obvious whether the bull market will continue or if some sort of

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

Stock market volatility in 2016: reality or rumour?

  There was much talk of stock market volatility in 2016 – so where do you think 2016 would rank among the past twenty years, when we compare the daily volatility of market returns? Smoother than the average year 2016 was the 14th most volatile of the past twenty years, as measured by the Russell

Jan 11, 2017 Categories: Market Updates

Bulk Annuities – 2017 NOT the year of the buy-out?

A couple of articles on the bulk annuity market caught my eye this week and reminded me of a great blog post authored by my Seattle based colleague, Bob Collie back in October, “What about the 98% of plans NOT doing annuity buyouts?”. Wednesday’s Financial Times contained an article* predicting a big recovery in the

Jan 6, 2017 Categories: Investment, Markets

What if the experts were right to put Trump’s and Brexit’s chances at 30%?

It’s the quiet week before Christmas, so I’m taking the opportunity to briefly set investment, pensions and charitable trusts aside and sneak in a post that touches on some of my favourite subjects: probabilities, forecasting and uncertainty. Specifically: what are the right – and wrong – lessons about forecasting from Donald Trump’s victory and the

Dec 21, 2016 Categories: Market Updates

Fed Announcement: Did Yellen get it right?

The Fed raises rates. Finally. It’s been a long wait, but the U.S. Federal Reserve (Fed) finally raised interest rates by 25 basis points today, bringing the current rate to 0.5 – 0. 75%. The market took a small step back today, with the S&P 500® falling by 0.8%. We believe the rate increase has

Dec 15, 2016 Categories: Market Updates

Italian referendum and global markets: What’s next in 2017

‘Once more unto the breach’. We imagine financial markets feel similar to the troops in Shakespeare’s King Henry the Fifth, after the ‘no’ vote in the Italian referendum on constitutional reform. Political events and the markets: The dangers of overreacting In a year full of political upsets, markets have to once more overcome uncertainty. With

Dec 5, 2016 Categories: Market Updates, Multi-asset

U.S. elections 2016: Trump wins White House. Markets react with a selloff.

U.S. voters wanted change. They got it. Unless there is a recount surprise, as of now, it appears likely we will have Donald Trump as the next American president. In September, we wrote about the erosion of the middle class, especially in key rust belt states. Even with the aggregate economic gains during Obama’s presidency,

Nov 9, 2016 Categories: Investment, Markets

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

American politics: Markets still depend on fundamentals

American politics: Markets still depend on fundamentals Hillary or Trump? Before we get too hung up on how one U.S. President or another might impact markets, let’s keep in mind that, in the US, the impact the executive branch can have is intentionally limited. Wise investors continue to focus on what always impacts investments: market

Oct 11, 2016 Categories: Markets

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