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US stocks pause after winning streak

US stocks pause after winning streak

🕔17:33, 14.Oct 2021

Market weekly: The S&P 500 Index ended a seven-month winning streak in September. In seeking an explanation, the first thing that comes to mind – and probably the most common or obvious answer that you hear for … Listen to

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Removing the crutches

Removing the crutches

🕔10:23, 14.Oct 2021

After a good start, September saw equity markets take a hit, particularly in emerging Asia. Alongside ongoing investor concerns about the pandemic and weakening global growth momentum, markets were rocked by news of debt payment problems at Chinese property developer

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Twin shocks roil Asian asset markets

Twin shocks roil Asian asset markets

🕔10:14, 13.Oct 2021

Weekly investment update: The recent spikes in energy prices and US Treasury bond yields have strained emerging Asia’s asset prices and currencies. Rising commodity prices are worsening Asia’s balance of payments dynamics, putting the currencies of large oil-importing countries under

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ESG boost is flipside to China’s ban on bitcoin

ESG boost is flipside to China’s ban on bitcoin

🕔08:22, 12.Oct 2021

China is cracking down on bitcoin in a bid to overcome problems such as power shortages, climate control, financial disruption and the creeping erosion of its monetary policy sovereignty. At the same time, Beijing is embracing distributed ledger technology (DLT)

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We don’t need a panic room

We don’t need a panic room

🕔11:32, 11.Oct 2021

Weekly investment update: Equity markets have remained choppy in the face of rising uncertainty: there are worries over Chinese and global growth, bond yields are rising and the monetary policies of the main central banks appear to be shifting. Yet

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How to finance climate change resilience

How to finance climate change resilience

🕔08:55, 8.Oct 2021

Be it the catastrophic flooding in Germany and Belgium, the wildfires in southern Europe, the US and Australia, the ‘heat dome’ in North America or the water cascading into New York subway tunnels, there has been no shortage of recent

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Could the digital renminbi change banking and e-commerce in China?

Could the digital renminbi change banking and e-commerce in China?

🕔11:57, 7.Oct 2021

The digital renminbi is unlikely challenge the US dollar’s global dominance any time soon because of the Chinese currency’s structural limitations. However, it may prompt changes in China’s technology and financial sectors that could indirectly enhance the international competitiveness of

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Assessing the added value of thematic investments

Assessing the added value of thematic investments

🕔11:04, 7.Oct 2021

Thematic investing brings a new dimension to the usual asset class categories, resulting in fresh opportunities for investors to diversify portfolio risk and mitigate the impact of correlations between asset classes, sectors, regions and styles. Investing in themes is different

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Transforming tech: Innovation and regulation

Transforming tech: Innovation and regulation

🕔12:19, 1.Oct 2021

Market weekly: There are clear opportunities across the sector even if valuations of tech shares have now more than doubled from the pandemic lows of last March as technology emerged as the answer to many of the challenges the virus

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New survey confirms shift to thematic investing

New survey confirms shift to thematic investing

🕔11:02, 1.Oct 2021

A new survey conducted by Greenwich Associates and sponsored by BNP Paribas Asset Management confirms the strength of the shift to thematic investing. Both institutional and wholesale investors expect a thematic focus in their investments to improve the long-term performance.

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A strategic policy shift and the outlook for China’s private sector

A strategic policy shift and the outlook for China’s private sector

🕔10:09, 30.Sep 2021

What should investors make of the flurry of regulatory tightening that China has implemented since the second half of 2020? How do the measures fit into China’s central strategy as it seeks to strengthen its domestic sector and embarks on

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What is the future for climate disclosure?

What is the future for climate disclosure?

🕔14:30, 24.Sep 2021

It’s only a matter of time before companies will have to report on their climate-related risks. They should get ahead by putting the processes in place to do so now, says Thibaud Clisson. For the financial sector to respond adequately

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China-US monetary policy divergence – Implications for Asia

China-US monetary policy divergence – Implications for Asia

🕔08:55, 24.Sep 2021

Diverging macroeconomic policies in China and the US have created market volatility recently amid concerns that China’s growth slowdown could spill over into Asia and a less generous US central bank could mean tighter US dollar liquidity for …

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The Path To Esg: No Turning Back For Asset Owners And Managers

The Path To Esg: No Turning Back For Asset Owners And Managers

🕔11:08, 23.Sep 2021

In 2017, we set out to understand how asset owners and asset managers planned to integrate ESG. Our results – outlined in our first ESG survey “Great Expectations” – were encouraging, showing commitment to ESG but little in the way

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For sustainability, diversification and upside potential: US value equities

For sustainability, diversification and upside potential: US value equities

🕔10:39, 23.Sep 2021

It’s payback time for investors who have been seeing a return to favour of the equity value investment style after years of underperformance versus growth stocks. A sustainable investing approach in value equities can enable investors to benefit from attractive

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Private debt stands out amid the uncertainty

Private debt stands out amid the uncertainty

🕔16:14, 22.Sep 2021

Market weekly: Uncertainty over the macroeconomic landscape and the outlook for monetary policy currently combine with an awareness among investors that by many measures, valuations in public markets are on the high side. Listen to the podcast or read the

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Podcast: There is more to emerging market equities

Podcast: There is more to emerging market equities

🕔14:27, 17.Sep 2021

Market weekly: Emerging market equities offer investors a wide range of diversification opportunities across economies with a solid post-pandemic growth profile that include, but also stretch beyond, China and the wider Asian region. Quang Nguyen, head of global emerging market equities,

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Made in Marseille – The framework for a global biodiversity strategy?

Made in Marseille – The framework for a global biodiversity strategy?

🕔08:13, 16.Sep 2021

The world’s largest organisation for the protection of nature – the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) – holds its quadrennial gathering this week in Marseille. Rescheduled from 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the event is the

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How can we decarbonise the steel sector?

How can we decarbonise the steel sector?

🕔13:05, 15.Sep 2021

In 2020, the world produced 1 864 million tonnes of steel. This, combined with an energy-intensive production process, means the steel industry is responsible for a great deal of greenhouse gas emissions, more so than for example producing chemicals or

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Pandemic leaves consumers smarter about their food

Pandemic leaves consumers smarter about their food

🕔09:16, 14.Sep 2021

Market weekly: What will be the consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic for the food and agriculture sector? How is the transition towards more sustainable food production and consumption affected? What we have seen so far is an … Listen to

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What about forgetting about the Fed, just for a while?

What about forgetting about the Fed, just for a while?

🕔11:34, 13.Sep 2021

Weekly investment update: Investors and economists spent the summer waiting for Fed chair Jerome Powell’s Jackson Hole speech in late August and the first part of September commenting on it. The next meeting of US Federal Reserve policymakers is not

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Building CSR into company culture is paramount

Building CSR into company culture is paramount

🕔09:10, 13.Sep 2021

There is much talk in the investor community around the three letters “ESG” (environmental, social, governance), but when it comes to corporate sustainability, CSR (corporate social responsibility), is equally as important. While the former provides a …

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Meeting critical metals demand for a sustainable future

Meeting critical metals demand for a sustainable future

🕔12:29, 10.Sep 2021

Growth in the net-zero digital economy relies on increased production of critical ICT metals and rare earths. How can we green the world and connect it, while limiting the social and environmental impact? There is much talk about the scope

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Another strong month for equities

Another strong month for equities

🕔09:26, 9.Sep 2021

Weekly investment update: Risk assets performed well again in August. Chair Powell said nothing in his keynote speech at Jackson Hole last week to reverse the positive trend. Low real yields continue to underpin valuations in …

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Decoupling from China? Not really – Just a shift in Asian supply-chains

Decoupling from China? Not really – Just a shift in Asian supply-chains

🕔08:57, 8.Sep 2021

Since the Sino-US trade war in 2018, some large developed countries have been pushing to reshore their global production, in effect seeking to ‘decouple from China’. Chatter about such a trend has raised concerns that Asian supply chains, which underpin

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Green hydrogen – Investing in the ‘Swiss Army knife of decarbonisation’

Green hydrogen – Investing in the ‘Swiss Army knife of decarbonisation’

🕔17:48, 7.Sep 2021

Hydrogen can be seen as the answer to the challenge of reaching net-zero emissions as long as it can be produced without emitting CO2 – in other words, as long as it is green. Its characteristics have earned it the

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The Delta dilemma

The Delta dilemma

🕔11:58, 6.Sep 2021

Asset Allocation Monthly: During August, investor edginess increased. Financial markets partly reflected this with a decline in equities and commodities, a fall in long-term bond yields, and a rise in the US dollar. Expectations about the US Federal Reserve’s monetary

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China’s vast opportunity set – Best enjoyed undiluted

China’s vast opportunity set – Best enjoyed undiluted

🕔09:13, 2.Sep 2021

Allocations to Chinese equity and fixed income should stand alone rather than be part of global or emerging market strategies for investors looking for diversification and potential excess returns from the vast opportunity set that Chinese financial assets represent. A

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Focusing on the ‘S’ – What is in it for investors?

Focusing on the ‘S’ – What is in it for investors?

🕔14:59, 1.Sep 2021

Market weekly: Being inclusive can lead to better results. It can also raise a company’s standing among the general public, in the labour market, among suppliers and customers and with regulators and investors. In our view, organisations that are more

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How can we tackle the effects of air pollution on human health?

How can we tackle the effects of air pollution on human health?

🕔10:05, 27.Aug 2021

Climate change impacts human health in a number of ways. Rising average temperatures mean a higher risk of heatwaves – at the time of writing, the US Pacific Northwest is experiencing ‘life-threatening’ temperatures. Indeed, the Lancet has described climate change

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Ecosystem restoration: Why should investors be interested?

Ecosystem restoration: Why should investors be interested?

🕔10:36, 20.Aug 2021

Market weekly: Addressing ecosystem restoration is just as pressing as tackling CO2 emissions and can generate billions of dollars of investment opportunities, as Ulrik Fugmann and Edward Lees, co-heads of the Environmental Strategies Group, explain. Much of the focus in the debate on

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What are your views on China education regulation

What are your views on China education regulation

🕔10:43, 18.Aug 2021

Zhikai Chen: On Saturday 24 July, China imposed stricter regulations on China’s education sector, including re-classifying tutoring companies as having “non-profit” status. The State Council officially released the Double Reduction (2R) policy. As a result, China education stocks plunged, and

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Pandemic provokes acceleration of healthcare innovation

Pandemic provokes acceleration of healthcare innovation

🕔08:33, 17.Aug 2021

If any good at all is to come of the pandemic, it is already being seen in the rapid and innovative response of the healthcare and medical technology world to a profound and urgent need. Stretching far beyond the development

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US inflation – Is the pressure off?

US inflation – Is the pressure off?

🕔11:15, 16.Aug 2021

For the first time in several months, inflation in the US has moderated, indicating that price pressures in some areas have weakened. Big questions remain over the extent durable goods prices – which have been a significant source of inflation

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Energy transition – A very exciting place to be investing in now

Energy transition – A very exciting place to be investing in now

🕔10:19, 16.Aug 2021

Video: “We can see the evidence all around us,” Edward Lees and Ulrik Fugmann of the Environmental Strategies Group argue as they stress the ever more obvious need for the energy transition as populations, incomes and urbanisation grow, fuelling greater

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China – Economically inspiring

China – Economically inspiring

🕔10:29, 13.Aug 2021

China was first to recover economically from Covid-19. However, its stock exchanges do not reflect this: equities have been under pressure since the Chinese New Year. That should not be a surprise since China’s growth momentum has been fading. It

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Emerging markets miss out on equities and bonds surge

Emerging markets miss out on equities and bonds surge

🕔10:14, 10.Aug 2021

Weekly investment update: At first sight, the direction of financial markets in July might have come as a surprise: global equities posted their sixth consecutive monthly gain despite a steep drop in emerging market equities, while bond markets also recorded

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Asset allocation – Dots matter

Asset allocation – Dots matter

🕔13:30, 6.Aug 2021

Video: Most recently, the Fed indicated in its closely watched ‘dot plot’ that the fed funds policy rate would rise by 50bp by the end of 2023, which was sooner than most investors had expected. We expect bond yields to

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What you need to know about lithium

What you need to know about lithium

🕔08:56, 5.Aug 2021

Lithium is now widely accepted as a key metal in the transition to electric vehicles (EVs) on our way to a net-zero economy, as exemplified by US Geological Survey’s (USGS) classification of lithium as a ‘critical mineral resource’. In this

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Inclusive Growth – Paving the Way Ahead

Inclusive Growth – Paving the Way Ahead

🕔11:35, 4.Aug 2021

In the past, the ‘S’ in Enviromental, Social and Governance – the societal side of ESG – tended to get less coverage than the environmental and governance components. Today that makes little sense – we face three, interconnected crises –

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China regulation: From tech to education

China regulation: From tech to education

🕔09:34, 3.Aug 2021

China has imposed stricter regulations on the education sector, extending the regulatory reach that had focused on e-commerce and internet companies as the authorities seek to prevent market abuse and improve oversight. The move caused education stocks to plunge and

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Here comes the Fed

Here comes the Fed

🕔11:56, 2.Aug 2021

Weekly investment update: The sell-off in stocks in China and Asia has further fuelled the bid for US Treasuries. This week, the market’s focus is the meeting of policymakers at the US Federal Reserve. The last few days have seen

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Why investor appetite for sustainability-linked bonds is growing

Why investor appetite for sustainability-linked bonds is growing

🕔11:48, 30.Jul 2021

Climate action is high on everyone’s agenda, and as such, there is a lot of focus on green bonds. The Covid-19 pandemic has also shone a light on social bonds – securities designed to fund measures aimed at addressing social

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The Next Phase

The Next Phase

🕔12:30, 28.Jul 2021

Mid-Year Outlook 2021 The view of investors on the outlook for US growth and inflation has varied significantly over the course of the year. Following the positive vaccine trial results last November, and particularly with the Democratic Senate victories in

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Do earnings matter?

Do earnings matter?

🕔15:26, 26.Jul 2021

Weekly investment update: Beginning last year, many companies stopped providing forward guidance, that is, their view on whether sales and profits would be higher or lower than the last time they had spoken with analysts and investors. At the time,

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The threat from inflation

The threat from inflation

🕔16:30, 23.Jul 2021

Weekly investment update: Another month, another US inflation report beating market expectations. Headline year-on-year consumer price index (CPI) inflation has gone from 1.1% last November to 4.9% in May. Even though economists knew that base effects meant the rate of

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Supporting climate action and board diversity

Supporting climate action and board diversity

🕔14:05, 23.Jul 2021

As an active shareholder, we opposed 34% of resolutions, a rate that has been rising for several years and is up from 32% in 2020. That percentage was already 10 points above the rate in 2018. We opposed 911 resolutions

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Transitory or persistent?

Transitory or persistent?

🕔12:41, 23.Jul 2021

Weekly investment update: New cases have continued to climb around the world and are now at 440 000 per day, up from 390 000 last week. A rise in cases in Asia, Europe, and North America has offset a decline

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China’s bond defaults could be a blessing in disguise

China’s bond defaults could be a blessing in disguise

🕔14:46, 21.Jul 2021

Bond defaults have been rising since the start of the deleveraging process in 2017. This has pushed up corporate bond spreads, kept them high and made them volatile. Defaults used to affect mostly private companies: They accounted for more than

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Fixed income: 2021 reflation trade, where art thou?

Fixed income: 2021 reflation trade, where art thou?

🕔11:09, 20.Jul 2021

Market weekly: We recently saw the consensus view held by the market on US interest rates bowled over by the Federal Reserve. Whereas the market expected no or at the most one interest rate rise over the next two years,

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