A new dawn for Europe? Strategies to invest in European assets

A new dawn for Europe? Strategies to invest in European assets

🕔12:23, 18.Nov 2021

Themes for Q4 and beyond for Europe  Covid-19 cases are surging but the risk of generalised lockdowns is limited  Robust Eurozone growth, will peak in 2021 and moderate in 2022-23

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The Aerial View: Future-Proofing the U.S. Treasury Market

The Aerial View: Future-Proofing the U.S. Treasury Market

🕔10:21, 18.Nov 2021

Recent stresses in U.S. Treasury trading have been incongruous with a market that holds itself out as the deepest and most liquid in the world. For those trading in March 2020, it was surprising how the pandemic-induced panic threatened the

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Fed announces start of tapering

Fed announces start of tapering

🕔08:51, 18.Nov 2021

At its November meeting, the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) of the US Federal Reserve (Fed) left the target range for the federal funds rate at 0.00-0.25%. The Fed maintained its guidance on the policy rate, saying it expects to

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Global Asset Allocation: The View From Europe

Global Asset Allocation: The View From Europe

🕔14:07, 17.Nov 2021

Just as the global economy is finally gaining traction after delta variant setbacks, some economies are facing severe energy shortages, with energy prices up over 70% since last year. The impacts are being felt across Europe, which is facing shortages

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Outlook 2022 Get Ready for Change

Outlook 2022 Get Ready for Change

🕔13:50, 17.Nov 2021

Three dominant themes appear set to take precedence in the investment world in 2022. These megatrends will define the broad contours of the market outlook for next year, so an understanding of them is crucial for making investment decisions in

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Green hydrogen is finally showing its true colours

Green hydrogen is finally showing its true colours

🕔11:33, 17.Nov 2021

Hydrogen is the most abundant molecule in the universe, found primarily locked in water and hydrocarbons. Its qualities have been known for a long time, and it has been used for more than 100 years as an industrial chemical. While

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Africa 2021 A continent of opportunity

Africa 2021 A continent of opportunity

🕔00:58, 17.Nov 2021

We believe that Africa will be the economic and investment story of this century. However, it is a continent of 54 countries, each with its own potential, pitfalls and capacity to absorb different forms of investment. The aim of this document is

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The battle against stagflation

The battle against stagflation

🕔00:37, 17.Nov 2021

With the benefits of public sector largesse of 2020 and 2021 now fading, economies around the world are increasingly reliant on private sector demand and an increase in global trade to continue the pandemic-era expansion currently underway. However, the partially

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The World Targets Change

The World Targets Change

🕔16:50, 16.Nov 2021

Decarbonization targets are set to surge across all regions over the next three years. Already 20% have set targets. Asset owners say their responsibility to drive real change is as important as pure investment motivations. This is a major change

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Het beleggingseffect van tektonische verschuivingen

Het beleggingseffect van tektonische verschuivingen

🕔15:55, 16.Nov 2021

Toen Joe Biden werd verkozen, werd er wereldwijd een zucht van verlichting geslaakt. Eindelijk waren ‘we’ verlost van een president die de wereld uit elkaar dreef. In de tijd dat Trump aan de macht was, stond een handelsoorlog regelmatig bovenaan

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Communication breakdown.

Communication breakdown.

🕔14:21, 16.Nov 2021

Bond markets, which have been under considerable pressure recently, saw a very sharp turnaround last week as the US Federal Reserve did no more than expected in the US, while the Bank of England kept rates unchanged, and the European

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Hoe korter hoe beter

Hoe korter hoe beter

🕔11:34, 16.Nov 2021

Waarom beleggers in vastrentende waarden die zich zorgen maken over inflatie en stijgende rendementen, moeten overwegen om over te stappen op kortlopende obligaties. Moeten beleggers zich zorgen maken over de inflatie? Er zijn zeker redenen tot bezorgdheid. De knelpunten in

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US Fixed Income Outlook 2022

US Fixed Income Outlook 2022

🕔09:36, 16.Nov 2021

Playing second fiddle. That’s how the 2022 economic forecasts feel when compared to 2021. For ’22, we see real growth running about 4%, or two times trend. That’s typically great performance, but when you’re coming off a phenomenal growth year

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The role bonds play in a portfolio

The role bonds play in a portfolio

🕔01:02, 16.Nov 2021

Building a resilient and balanced portfolio should be a priority for many investors in today’s environment of heightened financial market uncertainty and volatility across a range of asset classes, including equities. With that in mind, now’s a perfect time to

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Adding Resilience into Portfolios

Adding Resilience into Portfolios

🕔15:13, 15.Nov 2021

Monthly Investment Outlook – November 2021: The global economy has seen growth headwinds emerge – via energy and China – while inflationary pressures look likely to persist deeper into 2022 than previously expected. As a result, risk is rising on

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The pace of the global economic recovery

The pace of the global economic recovery

🕔14:15, 15.Nov 2021

Market updates – 5 November 2021: Following September’s decline, US equities came back strongly in October following a better than expected Q3 results season. The month saw the S&P 500 up by 6.9% with a 3% gain in the last

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November Investment Traffic Lights

November Investment Traffic Lights

🕔11:57, 15.Nov 2021

CIO View October has seen new record highs and record returns Events were less friendly to bonds, as inflation fears are prompting central banks to act sooner than expected Many investors are hopeful of the traditional year-end rally, but the

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Markets in quicksand: inflationary risks persist

Markets in quicksand: inflationary risks persist

🕔10:47, 15.Nov 2021

Like it or not, the alignment of the planets regarding inflation will last for a while. October saw the recognition of a more permanent than expected inflation, with the IMF officially stating that we are entering a phase of inflationary

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Het verlies aan biodiversiteit tegengaan: het nieuwe netto nulpunt

Het verlies aan biodiversiteit tegengaan: het nieuwe netto nulpunt

🕔08:45, 15.Nov 2021

In een opiniestuk dat in Barron's China werd gepubliceerd, legt Laurent Ramsey, CEO van Pictet Asset Management, uit waarom het beschermen van biodiversiteit een prioriteit moet zijn voor zowel bedrijven als beleggers. De natuur is altijd al van cruciaal belang

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China’s economy risks a sharp slowdown in growth

China’s economy risks a sharp slowdown in growth

🕔18:02, 12.Nov 2021

Investors in China should prepare for a rough patch. The economy is slowing, and regulations are tightening in several industries. The economic cycle turned in June/July, based on the official Purchasing Managers Index readings and other indicators that we track.

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Be strategic when realizing tax losses

Be strategic when realizing tax losses

🕔10:42, 12.Nov 2021

The routine for many investors is to harvest losses in December. But end-ofyear harvesting could mean missed opportunities. There are many possible reasons why investors decide to harvest tax losses at the end of the year. Perhaps they take pride

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Long-term outlook: World macro economy

Long-term outlook: World macro economy

🕔10:33, 12.Nov 2021

A key factor in the past year has been the unprecedented fiscal and monetary support. The initial economic impact of the Covid-19 pandemic and the subsequent rebound have been different for many countries. As the pandemic started in China, that

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Podcast: Positive Impact Equity | Performance & positioning

Podcast: Positive Impact Equity | Performance & positioning

🕔09:45, 12.Nov 2021

During 2020 the market went through a number of distinct phases from, 1) ignorance of the impending COVID-19 effects (January, February) to, 2) panic (end of February to mid-April) to, 3) the “world will need to change” as a broad

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Healthy cities

Healthy cities

🕔08:22, 12.Nov 2021

The Covid-19 pandemic has put the onus on health. Well-designed and well-serviced cities are a key piece of the puzzle. Smart cities aren’t just about robotics and futuristic design. To be truly smart, they also need to protect and promote

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Climate change investing: net zero considerations

Climate change investing: net zero considerations

🕔16:34, 11.Nov 2021

Paul LaCoursiere, Global Head of ESG Investments, explores key considerations related to climate investing and the path to net zero. Climate change requires immediate action, but we believe there may be unintended consequences of certain approaches that could be underappreciated. Capital

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Asset Class Return Forecasts

Asset Class Return Forecasts

🕔14:49, 11.Nov 2021

As we enter the tail end of the Covid-19 recovery boost, authorities in developed markets are seeking to implement fiscal packages of varying degrees to control the eventual economic cool down. Much of the narrative has now shifted to the

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AFM Trendzicht 2022

AFM Trendzicht 2022

🕔14:47, 11.Nov 2021

In Trendzicht gaat de AFM in op belangrijke trends en bijbehorende risico’s in de financiële sector. Trendzicht biedt inhoudelijke achtergrond, verdieping en samenhang bij relevante toezichtonderwerpen. Het vroegtijdig signaleren en begrijpen van veranderingen in de sector draagt bij aan een

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European power price surges

European power price surges

🕔12:57, 11.Nov 2021

Reaching a net-zero emissions energy system represents the biggest transformation the energy sector has ever seen. As we stand on the precipice of this transition it is becoming increasingly clear that we are in for a bumpy ride. With supply

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Why might ESG factors increase returns?

Why might ESG factors increase returns?

🕔10:42, 11.Nov 2021

Many investors today seek more than impact from their ESG portfolios. They want returns too. By now, there are literally thousands of papers asking whether ESG adds to – or detracts from – expected returns. But there is no consensus,

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Gezonde steden

Gezonde steden

🕔08:00, 11.Nov 2021

De Covid-19-pandemie heeft onze aandacht gevestigd op het belang van gezondheid. Goed ontworpen en goed onderhouden steden spelen daarin een belangrijke rol. Bij slimme steden gaat het niet alleen om robotica en futuristisch design. Om echt slim te zijn, moeten

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Barometer: Inflatie houdt meer risico in voor obligaties dan voor aandelen

Barometer: Inflatie houdt meer risico in voor obligaties dan voor aandelen

🕔16:11, 10.Nov 2021

Hoewel de inflatiedruk de obligatierente zal doen stijgen, zou een gezonde stijging van de bedrijfswinsten aandelen moeten ondersteunen. De wereldwijde financiële markten hebben het moeilijk. De monetaire voorwaarden worden strenger terwijl knelpunten in de toeleveringsketen hun tol beginnen te eisen

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Eurozone: A new chapter

Eurozone: A new chapter

🕔14:36, 10.Nov 2021

Outlook: Uneven, but strong recovery We expect the Eurozone to grow strongly during the remaining part of 2021 and into 2022. However, this growth is mainly a catch-up from the large fall during the pandemic. So high growth numbers shouldn’t

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Finding opportunities in stressed and distressed credit throughout the cycle

Finding opportunities in stressed and distressed credit throughout the cycle

🕔10:32, 10.Nov 2021

With debt default rates at exceptionally low levels on both sides of the Atlantic, investors might be forgiven for thinking that the market for distressed credit would be very subdued. But there are strategies that can find and take advantage

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Cyclical anxieties and whipsaw markets

Cyclical anxieties and whipsaw markets

🕔00:19, 10.Nov 2021

Investment Monthly – November 2021: We maintain our preference for stocks over bonds as equity premiums remain significantly higher than those for fixed income assets, while on a historical basis, stocks outperform bonds while labour markets improve. A scenario of

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Rethinking the pension plan endgame

Rethinking the pension plan endgame

🕔15:53, 9.Nov 2021

Hibernation, termination or stabilization? IN BRIEF U.S. pension investors have been actively de-risking their defined benefit plans since the global financial crisis, successfully reducing pension funding volatility to manageable levels. Further movement of portfolios toward long duration fixed income will

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COP26: een beleggersperspectief

COP26: een beleggersperspectief

🕔15:42, 9.Nov 2021

Begin deze maand zullen 197 landen die partij zijn bij het Raamverdrag van de Verenigde Naties inzake klimaatverandering voor de 26e keer bijeenkomen tijdens de Conferentie van Partijen (“COP”) in Glasgow. COP26 is van groot belang, aangezien het de eerste

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The bumpy road to net zero

The bumpy road to net zero

🕔15:26, 9.Nov 2021

Reaching a net-zero emissions energy system represents a radical transformation of the economy from one dominated by fossil fuels to one that is predominately based on clean energy. This will require radical decarbonisation across all sectors of the economy. As

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Groeien tegen de stroom in met themafondsen

Groeien tegen de stroom in met themafondsen

🕔14:57, 9.Nov 2021

Podcast thematisch beleggen: Hoewel ze momenteel vooral populair zijn onder particuliere beleggers neemt de belangstelling van institutionele beleggers voor thematische strategieën snel toe. Volgens Gert Jan van der Geer, senior portfolio manager thematic equity bij Pictet Asset Management, speelt maatwerk

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Asset allocation update: warning lights are flashing

Asset allocation update: warning lights are flashing

🕔13:43, 9.Nov 2021

After 18 months of exceptionally strong equity markets, most measures of valuations look high against their own absolute histories. The measure most favoured among long-time equity bears over the past decade or so has been the Shiller Cyclically-Adjusted Price Earnings

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Future First Insights: Helping Investors Understand Climate Risk

Future First Insights: Helping Investors Understand Climate Risk

🕔13:18, 9.Nov 2021

Creating the Right Test Case We selected the Mellon Global Infrastructure Dividend Focus Fund for testing out that approach. As a popular mutual fund reflecting investors’ current preferences, it has a broad dual mandate — exposure to infrastructure and a

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The winner takes it all.

The winner takes it all.

🕔10:42, 9.Nov 2021

US equities printed a new high as we end October while bonds remain mired in volatility with yields near their highs for the last 12 months – see chart of the week. Meanwhile, risk markets in fixed income are locked

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Lichte stijging in oktober

Lichte stijging in oktober

🕔09:14, 9.Nov 2021

Dekkingsgraadscan pensioenfondsen: 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 afgelopen jaar. Daarnaast maken we op

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Breedte, stabiliteit en kwaliteit: Aziatische bedrijfsobligaties

Breedte, stabiliteit en kwaliteit: Aziatische bedrijfsobligaties

🕔14:58, 8.Nov 2021

De Aziatische bedrijfsobligatiemarkt is een strategische activaklasse geworden die behoorlijke inkomsten biedt. Cruciaal is dat het ook overwegend om investment-grade bedrijfsobligaties gaat. Obligaties met negatief rendement zouden een tijdelijk fenomeen zijn. Maar zeven jaar nadat ze voor het eerst opdoken

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A lopsided energy transition

A lopsided energy transition

🕔12:02, 8.Nov 2021

Weekly commentary: Surging natural gas and coal prices amid a powerful economic restart have exposed a lopsided transition toward low-carbon power. We still see an orderly transition in the medium term – but with bumps on the way that could

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Bundesbank chief Weidmann to step down

Bundesbank chief Weidmann to step down

🕔10:45, 8.Nov 2021

Bundesbank President Weidmann today surprisingly announced his resignation at the end of 2021 and gave personal reasons for this decision. Jens Weidmann was considered a proven monetary-policy hawk within the Governing Council of the European Central Bank (ECB). During his

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Gold as a strategic allocation

Gold as a strategic allocation

🕔08:53, 8.Nov 2021

In this paper, we evaluate the case for gold as a strategic allocation in an institutional portfolio. We start with a brief history of gold as an early form of money, its relationship to fiat currencies, and as an investment.

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Investing in biodiversity – Why and How

Investing in biodiversity – Why and How

🕔16:32, 5.Nov 2021

A decline in the ecosystem services that nature provides will initially pose a direct physical risk to businesses as harvests become more unreliable, weather patterns change and pollinators no longer support agriculture. The risk is both event-driven, e.g. flooding or

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Collaborating to boost engagement impact

Collaborating to boost engagement impact

🕔14:50, 5.Nov 2021

Active Ownership Report 2020: Welcome to our second annual Active Ownership Report, in which we report on our activities globally for the first time. The objective of this report is to inform our clients and other stakeholders of our stewardship

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Convertible bonds: multi-functional and flexible capital

Convertible bonds: multi-functional and flexible capital

🕔12:13, 5.Nov 2021

Market weekly: Convertible bonds are hybrid instruments combining bond and equity characteristics. As a result, they offer some equity upside, but with bond-like protection on the downside. If we are at the start of a cycle of rising interest rates,

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Green revolution re-energises utility stocks

Green revolution re-energises utility stocks

🕔10:23, 5.Nov 2021

After three straight years of stellar performance, European renewable energy stocks have fallen back to earth in 2021. But the future is still bright for green power as the world’s transition to a low-carbon economy gathers pace. In the short

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