Going beyond “active vs. passive” in EM debt

Going beyond “active vs. passive” in EM debt

🕔12:59, 31.Mar 2021

These are promising times for emerging markets (EM) debt, as we see a number of macro factors aligning in a broad tail wind for the sector. EM economic growth is leading the global recovery, yet EM is the only major sector with broadly attractive valuations. In developed markets, while rates have backed up from their extreme lows at the start of the year, monetary policies continue to anchor core …

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It’s my party and I’ll wait until I want to..

It’s my party and I’ll wait until I want to..

🕔11:45, 31.Mar 2021

Core government bond yields were lower and curves were flatter after a volatile week which, at one point, saw US and Europe diverge with US treasuries bear steepening while European government bonds experienced a bull flattening on Wednesday. Markets were caught between inflation concerns …

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Value stocks – Different definitions can mean significantly different outcomes

Value stocks – Different definitions can mean significantly different outcomes

🕔11:37, 31.Mar 2021

There is no universal approach to identifying value stocks or measuring their performance. Using various measures of a company’s fundamental value and picking value stocks by comparing them to sector peers would have boosted investment performance over the last decade. However, this style would still have lagged as value stocks kept getting cheaper and expensive stocks dearer.

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Seeking Alpha in Emerging Markets Corporate Debt

Seeking Alpha in Emerging Markets Corporate Debt

🕔10:37, 31.Mar 2021

Corporate debt is the fastest‑growing area of hard currency emerging markets (EM) debt, with almost USD 2.5 trillion outstanding and new issuance averaging 15% of debt outstanding per year since 2011. The asset class generated strong risk‑adjusted returns over the five years ended December 31, 2020, due to the …

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Podcast: Good Momentum for Value and ESG investing

Podcast: Good Momentum for Value and ESG investing

🕔09:19, 31.Mar 2021

A compelling investment opportunity: Japanese equities offer attractively priced and more visible earnings growth for 2021 and beyond. Nevertheless, Japanese equities are currently trading at a discount to global equities. And Japan equity markets have outpaced major developed market equities both in 2020 and year-to-date in 2021 as the world seeks to transition to a post-pandemic recovery.

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Crypto-currencies: a bubble or the emergence of a new paradigm in decentralised finance?

Crypto-currencies: a bubble or the emergence of a new paradigm in decentralised finance?

🕔08:55, 31.Mar 2021

The proliferation of crypto-currencies (CCs) and the popularity of these assets among investors has led us to question their nature, function, valuation and potential development. CCs are at the crossroads of technological innovation, finance and monetary policy.

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A Texas-Size Storm’s Global Implications for Plastics

A Texas-Size Storm’s Global Implications for Plastics

🕔16:04, 30.Mar 2021

When Covid-19 hit, many producers cut back production and drew down inventories as demand collapsed and the economic outlook was highly uncertain. While demand from cyclical end markets was hit hard, other end markets like …

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Exploring Techniques in MultiFactor Index Construction

Exploring Techniques in MultiFactor Index Construction

🕔14:07, 30.Mar 2021

The benefits of diversifying across a multitude of smart beta equity factors have been supported and explained in a host of research and literature1 . Single-factor indices (quality, value, momentum, low volatility, and small size) may reward market participants over the long term, but can be notoriously difficult to time over the shorter term. Multi-factor indices, on …

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A pause in the rise

A pause in the rise

🕔12:54, 30.Mar 2021

The sell-off in US Treasury bonds reversed over the last week with the 10-year bond yield dropping from its intraday high of 1.75% on 18 March. The decline was driven principally by falling real yields as inflation expectations were mostly stable. There was also a reversal in the recent outperformance of value stocks relative to growth stocks.

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BNP Paribas AM: Ongekende mogelijkheden in “Environmental Solution” bedrijven na recente sell off

BNP Paribas AM: Ongekende mogelijkheden in “Environmental Solution” bedrijven na recente sell off

🕔10:20, 30.Mar 2021

Vorig jaar was beurstechnisch een meer dan uitstekend jaar voor bedrijven in de “Environmental Solutions” sector. Als proxy voor deze bedrijven kan de iShares Global Clean Energy ETF (rhs) worden genomen die in 2020 de Nasdaq met …

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The Long Run Is Lying to You

The Long Run Is Lying to You

🕔10:17, 30.Mar 2021

Everyone knows the value strategy has been a grave disappointment out-of-sample since, say, 1990 (thirty years!). Even Fama and French know it. 2 And everyone knows the value strategy has been quite bad for the last 10+ years with the 2018–2020 period essentially a crash. Well, that’s all kind of true. But, as odd as this might sound, the realized …

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China’s Five-Year Plan: A transformative shift towards self-sufficiency

China’s Five-Year Plan: A transformative shift towards self-sufficiency

🕔08:27, 30.Mar 2021

The National People’s Congress (NPC) and the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPCC) closed in Beijing on March 11th. This is the most important event on China’s political calendar, as the NPC approves the main policy objectives that will set the tone for the remainder of the year. This year was especially important, as it also …

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Capturing Asia’s secular growth opportunities: Q&A with Christopher Thomsen

Capturing Asia’s secular growth opportunities: Q&A with Christopher Thomsen

🕔16:32, 29.Mar 2021

Asia’s emergence as the world’s key engine of growth has been one of the most compelling investment stories in recent times. The newly launched Capital Group Asian Horizon Fund (LUX) (CGAH)1 is designed to tap into this attractive opportunity set and, in this Q&A, portfolio manager Christopher Thomsen explains why …

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Podcast: The technologies contributing to net zero

🕔13:52, 29.Mar 2021

Eliminating carbon dioxide emissions over the coming decades will require multi-billion dollar investments, as well as a wide range of efforts to reduce energy consumption, increase efficiency, electrify and decarbonise processes, and nurture alternative fuels to economic viability.

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What technologies do we need to get to net zero?

What technologies do we need to get to net zero?

🕔13:52, 29.Mar 2021

Meeting Paris Agreement climate change targets means tackling the harder-to-decarbonise areas of the economy with technologies that don’t yet exist at scale. There is no silver bullet to tackling climate change. It’s likely the answer to getting to net-zero emissions by mid-century is to deploy everything we have, but faster. 2050 is the target date for net zero that the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) says[1] is what’s needed …

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Big Market Delusion: Electric Vehicles

Big Market Delusion: Electric Vehicles

🕔12:22, 29.Mar 2021

Big markets have a special allure for investors. They offer the promise of another Apple, Google, or Microsoft. But big markets also bring with them the threat of what Cornell and Damodaran (2020) call “the big market delusion.” Big market delusions generally begin with …

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Together in electric dreams.

Together in electric dreams.

🕔10:05, 29.Mar 2021

Core government bond markets remain in a nervous state. The good news about the vaccination roll out (UK and US), the passage of the US fiscal package, the concurrent rise in growth expectations and normalisation of the inflation outlook have conspired to take yields close to where …

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Cooling US ‑ Europe Trade Tensions Could Lead to Bigger Deal

Cooling US ‑ Europe Trade Tensions Could Lead to Bigger Deal

🕔14:03, 26.Mar 2021

The U.S. and European Union (EU) announced a four‑month suspension of all tariffs related to the long‑running dispute about unfair government support for leading aerospace companies Airbus and Boeing, signaling President Joe Biden’s desire to realign trade relations. This pause came on the heels of a similar agreement between the U.S. and the UK.

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Time for the next level: Upgrading our green bonds methodology

Time for the next level: Upgrading our green bonds methodology

🕔12:13, 26.Mar 2021

Green bonds first emerged as issuances by supranational development banks. Since then, the market has grown considerably, with greater issuer diversification across countries and sectors (see Exhibit 1). Yet, not all green bonds are created equally, and we believe in the need to discern among green bonds in our investments.

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What do institutional investors think about #Bitcoin – Research Highlights

What do institutional investors think about #Bitcoin – Research Highlights

🕔10:11, 26.Mar 2021

During the week of 15 of March, the bitcoin is nearing a new record high of 60.000 U.S. dollar. This unprecedented rise in price begs to wonder, what do institutional investors think about Bitcoin. In this article some of the opinions of institutional investors on bitcoin and cryptocurrencies in general will be shared.

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Low-volatility investing, here for the long run

Low-volatility investing, here for the long run

🕔14:11, 25.Mar 2021

A decade ago, after undertaking comprehensive proprietary research into the characteristics of low-risk stocks, we launched our global low-volatility equity strategy. To mark the tenth anniversary, our quantitative research group reviewed the research to determine if our initial analysis still holds true. Were the least volatile stocks from each sector more …

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The Workforce Housing Sweet Spot Prevails in US CRE Investing

The Workforce Housing Sweet Spot Prevails in US CRE Investing

🕔12:49, 25.Mar 2021

Apartments, along with industrial, are the preferred sectors in 2021 for investors in US property, according to the Pension Real Estate Association, Investment Intentions Survey.1 The case for apartments is welldocumented and well-supported by data from a variety of sources. In the US, apartments have offered investment returns …

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T. Rowe Price Strategy Focus on Global Impact Equity

T. Rowe Price Strategy Focus on Global Impact Equity

🕔11:56, 25.Mar 2021

The strategy maintains a focus on companies that we believe offer a positive impact today and an underappreciated impact in the future, as well as sustainability and robustness in their future earnings and cash flow growth. And our fundamental research platform and dedicated Responsible Investing (RI) team—which is focused on environmental, social, and governance (ESG) issues— provide  …

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The cost of dominance

The cost of dominance

🕔09:03, 25.Mar 2021

Beyond the immediate challenge of the pandemic, the US-China relationship is the main source of global instability. On this front, the newsflow is not encouraging. The meeting in Anchorage between the US Secretary of State and National Security Advisor with their …

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Relationships are not easy: US equities versus Treasuries

Relationships are not easy: US equities versus Treasuries

🕔16:54, 24.Mar 2021

As the economy recovers and cyclical stocks begin to outperform, how should we think about the connection between equities and US Treasury yields? A recent rapid increase in US Treasury yields has unsettled equity markets, and to understand this

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A look into the future: The strengthening case for investing in Asia

A look into the future: The strengthening case for investing in Asia

🕔15:51, 24.Mar 2021

It has been more than a year since COVID-19 was declared a global pandemic. The start-stop lockdowns that followed the first wave of the coronavirus outbreak made it particularly tough for many businesses and individuals to adapt.

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Italy’s Day in the Sun

Italy’s Day in the Sun

🕔15:26, 24.Mar 2021

Italian bonds are in a sweet spot in the market at the moment, but what is contributing to their newfound appeal and will it last? We think there are a couple of reasons why Italian bonds are appealing, but the sparkle may tarnish in a few years’ time. 

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Impact Investing: Why It Matters Now More Than Ever

Impact Investing: Why It Matters Now More Than Ever

🕔14:36, 24.Mar 2021

The magnitude of change and disruption experienced around the globe in 2020 was remarkable on many levels. The coronavirus pandemic enveloped the world, prompting widespread upheaval to established patterns of conducting business, communication, travel, and the daily lives of people and communities. Amid the evolving …

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Diversification through factor-based investing in corporate bonds

Diversification through factor-based investing in corporate bonds

🕔13:49, 24.Mar 2021

Allocations to factor-based strategies in corporate bonds have grown, with an expanding body of research demonstrating its advantages. In contrast with traditional bond investing, which often focuses on actively managing a portfolio’s sensitivity to changes in interest rates (duration), credit risk and currency exposure, factor investing involves picking …

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Podcast: Factor-based investing: it works for corporate bonds too!

🕔13:49, 24.Mar 2021

Applying factors to corporate bond investing can help build a more resilient portfolio, particularly when markets face rising interest rates and heightened volatility. Olivier Laplenie and Charles Cresteil explain.

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Inflated inflation fears

Inflated inflation fears

🕔13:14, 24.Mar 2021

For bond markets, this year has been all about rising inflation expectations and more recently real yields. This has pushed yields higher and dented total returns for areas of fixed income with higher levels of interest rate risk. The effect such moves have depends on the interest rate sensitivity (duration) of the …

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Interest rates are rising, should real estate be concerned?

Interest rates are rising, should real estate be concerned?

🕔10:29, 24.Mar 2021

Capital markets are increasingly penciling in a higher interest rate scenario as reflected in a sharp steepening in the Treasury yield curve over the past 30 days. The yield on the 10-year bond has increased by 40 bps over the past 30 days. Despite dovish messaging …

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Renewable Energy Infrastructure: Lessons from Manager Selection

Renewable Energy Infrastructure: Lessons from Manager Selection

🕔08:18, 24.Mar 2021

Ushered into existence by government subsidies and guarantees, the renewable energy infrastructure sector has grown into a diverse, global and highly competitive asset class. Appetite for renewable energy infrastructure among asset owners has been extremely …

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Emerging Market Debt The Search For Yield In High Beta Markets

Emerging Market Debt The Search For Yield In High Beta Markets

🕔16:51, 23.Mar 2021

According to the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Emerging Markets’ Gross domestic product (GDP) should reach 6% and 8.2% for China, on the back of vaccine deployments and accommodative central banks. Combined with attractive credit …

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Why Credit Investors Need to Become Active Duration Managers

Why Credit Investors Need to Become Active Duration Managers

🕔15:34, 23.Mar 2021

Why Credit Investors Need to Become Active Duration Managers The importance of duration for credit performance and five ways to improve it.  Credit investors typically pay little attention to duration, seeing themselves primarily as bottom‑up investors who specialize in sector and

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Dekkingsgraadscan pensioenfondsen

Dekkingsgraadscan pensioenfondsen

🕔14:31, 23.Mar 2021

In deze dekkingsgraadscan vindt u meer informatie over de dekkingsgraad van een gemiddeld Nederlands pensioenfonds. We geven een overzicht van de ontwikkeling van de feitelijke en (12-maands) voortschrijdend gemiddelde dekkingsgraad in het …

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Guide to Alternatives

Guide to Alternatives

🕔12:40, 23.Mar 2021

Q1 2021

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A lot of questions, not many answers

A lot of questions, not many answers

🕔10:45, 23.Mar 2021

Bad news on the health front; volatile economic data; hopes that the US national 4th of July holiday can be celebrated with a BBQ; and further lockdowns, in place or imminent, in Europe. This odd concoction on the anniversary of the Great Lockdown did not keep …

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Five reasons to be bullish on local-currency emerging-market debt

Five reasons to be bullish on local-currency emerging-market debt

🕔10:12, 23.Mar 2021

Emerging-market economies did not shut down to the degree that occurred in developed-market economies in the face of COVID-19 in 2020, and neither are they are shutting down as aggressively now. While significant growth downgrades for 2020 …

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Bond market riot: Rates are rising, but is it sustainable?

Bond market riot: Rates are rising, but is it sustainable?

🕔08:35, 23.Mar 2021

The new year has awoken the bond market from its slumber. What began as a gradual climb in nominal yields from the summer accelerated in February with the yield on the US 10-year Treasury note briefly topping 1.6%, and significant moves higher globally …

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Pleasant Recession, Unpleasant Recovery

Pleasant Recession, Unpleasant Recovery

🕔17:37, 22.Mar 2021

Last year was nothing if not remarkable. The coronavirus pandemic led to an implosion of economic activity before monetary and fiscal stimulus provided the foundation for a recovery unlike anything we have ever seen. From an economist’s perspective, one insight …

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Blue economy – Saving whales means saving the planet

Blue economy – Saving whales means saving the planet

🕔10:58, 22.Mar 2021

Are whales man’s greatest ally as rising temperatures pose unprecedented threats to the planet? Trees are often championed in the fight against global warming: Photosynthesis captures significant quantities of carbon dioxide (CO2). However, the carbon footprint …

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Weathering Climate Change

Weathering Climate Change

🕔08:09, 22.Mar 2021

One of the most tangible effects of climate change is already well underway – the surge in extreme weather. If there was a VIX for weather, it would be near all-time highs – and trending higher still. Exhibit 2 illustrates this greater weather volatility in …

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Back to work

Back to work

🕔14:48, 19.Mar 2021

As mentioned previously, this trend was borne out of rising inflation expectations and augmented by a nudge higher in real rates. If this latter rate is the key discount rate for risk markets such as equities, it helps explains why this market has been …

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ESG Scoring: It’s All Relative

ESG Scoring: It’s All Relative

🕔12:58, 19.Mar 2021 Read Full Article
On pause… but vaccine rollout brings play closer

On pause… but vaccine rollout brings play closer

🕔10:52, 19.Mar 2021

The economy remains on pause in many parts of the world, but the vaccine rollout improves the odds of normalization and supports a positive medium-term outlook. In the meantime, global economies remain supported by the large stimulus measures from …

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ESG Indices, Green Hydrogen and Credit Spreads – #ESG Research Highlights

ESG Indices, Green Hydrogen and Credit Spreads – #ESG Research Highlights

🕔10:46, 19.Mar 2021

In a recent publication by DWS, forecasts are made for 10-year returns on ESG indices. These capital market assumptions are made to assist investors in constructing strategic long-term portfolios that keep in mind the traditional financial metrics and ESG impact metrics. The construction of the forecasts is done incorporating the …

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Brightening growth prospects for 2021 underscore regional disparities

Brightening growth prospects for 2021 underscore regional disparities

🕔08:16, 19.Mar 2021

According to our forecasts, Asia1 is projected to lead the global economic recovery in 2021. On a GDP-weighted basis, the region is expected to expand by 6.6% this year, up from -1.0% in 2020 (Chart 1). Excluding China, Asia will expand at a slower rate of 4.7% in 2021, up from …

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What is the Purpose of SFDR?

What is the Purpose of SFDR?

🕔16:55, 18.Mar 2021

It is part of a broad package of legislative tools designed to reorient capital towards more sustainable businesses. The main objective is to ensure that financial market participants are able to finance growth in a sustainable manner over the long term, while combating so-called greenwashing in which the positive environmental …

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China’s Economy: Recovery and Rebalancing

China’s Economy: Recovery and Rebalancing

🕔16:16, 18.Mar 2021

China and its strong economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic have not gone unnoticed. Fourth‑quarter gross domestic product (GDP) growth came in at 6.5% year over year, pushing the annual average growth to 2.3% for 2020. China should be the only major economy to record economic growth …

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