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Committing to zero carbon real estate

Committing to zero carbon real estate

🕔14:19, 14.Oct 2021

If the world is to avoid more destructive climate change over the coming decades, every industry must change how it operates and strive to reach net zero carbon by 2050, in line with the 2015 Paris Agreement. Given that buildings

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Return to Normal Index: Updated base case and downside scenarios

Return to Normal Index: Updated base case and downside scenarios

🕔07:09, 13.Oct 2021

Our base case scenario for a return to normal is now Q4 2021, with a downside scenario in Q1 2022.  At the beginning of the year, we created a Return to Normal Index to measure human activity data relative to

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A farewell to negative yields?

A farewell to negative yields?

🕔11:30, 8.Oct 2021

In Credit: US bond yields have stabilsed this quarter after the material sell-off in the first quarter. It has been a different story for yields in Europe, however, which have trended higher. This reflects a heavy supply schedule and speculation

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Jolly green giant Gilt.

Jolly green giant Gilt.

🕔11:05, 5.Oct 2021

The ‘excitement’ of an FOMC meeting, shenanigans at Evergrande, revised forecasts from the OECD and the German general election led to a rise in yields last week (see chart of the week). The US Federal Reserve presented a more hawkish

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Is Japan really a disappointing equity market?

Is Japan really a disappointing equity market?

🕔11:58, 1.Oct 2021

Some investors historically have seen Japan’s equity market as a constant source of disappointment. I can understand why. For 20 years, after Japan’s asset bubble burst and through the global financial crisis in 2009, it was a trader’s market. You

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Process is everything for Pan European Smaller Companies

Process is everything for Pan European Smaller Companies

🕔13:37, 29.Sep 2021

Two factors have interested us in Europe in 2021. First, there has been a value rally since November 2020, particularly in smaller companies. The onset of the pandemic in Europe in early 2020 initially saw value and cyclical stocks, typically

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Climate change to bear upon banks’ financial performance

Climate change to bear upon banks’ financial performance

🕔15:06, 28.Sep 2021

A broad spectrum of central banks fear climate change could spark the next financial crisis. For this reason, regulators in Europe and the UK are already beginning to scrutinise banks’ resilience to climate change – looking into both the likely

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China is making good RI progress, despite its contradictions

China is making good RI progress, despite its contradictions

🕔09:26, 27.Sep 2021

China is a double-edged sword: it is the world-leading renewables developer, installing more than double the gigawatt (GW) capacity of its nearest competitor over the past decade both in terms of wind and solar power (Figure 1), but at the

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Earth Day 2021: How investors can support a greener future

Earth Day 2021: How investors can support a greener future

🕔16:16, 23.Sep 2021

Earth Day is an annual global event supporting environmental protection that takes place on 22 April. To support this year’s theme ‘Restore Our Earth’, some of Columbia Threadneedle’s fund managers and analysts present their thoughts on important environmental issues from

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Topix hits 30-year high as PM Suga announces resignation

Topix hits 30-year high as PM Suga announces resignation

🕔14:19, 22.Sep 2021

After months of declining approval ratings, Prime Minister Suga announced that he will not run for election as the ruling LDP leader and will thus resign as PM. In addition to mounting public criticism over his response to the Covid-19

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Cats, rivers & regulation: the lowdown on Chinese equities

Cats, rivers & regulation: the lowdown on Chinese equities

🕔16:39, 21.Sep 2021

Deng Xiaoping is often considered the architect of modern China, having advocated a pragmatic approach to economic development and embraced the free-market system of western economies. However, many of the principles he endorsed have seemingly been turned on their …

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When a taper is not a taper.

When a taper is not a taper.

🕔12:58, 21.Sep 2021

Core government bond markets ended the week with a better tone, even as the European Central Bank announced its intentions to modestly reduce asset purchases, and as the ECB increased forecasts for economic growth and for inflation. The ECB notched

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Walking the delicate path to normalisation

Walking the delicate path to normalisation

🕔14:19, 20.Sep 2021

European Gazette: As central banks move gingerly towards normalising monetary policy, a delicate balancing act is under way. They need to tighten policy – but neither too soon, nor too quickly. Indeed, the flattening of the US yield curve in

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Japan’s software revolution is making up for lost time

Japan’s software revolution is making up for lost time

🕔16:00, 16.Sep 2021

The use of software solutions by companies to improve competitiveness, efficiency and productivity, and reduce costs, is picking up pace – just in time, as a shortage of skilled workers continues to bite. Over several decades Japan has built a

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Falling into Fall.

Falling into Fall.

🕔16:01, 14.Sep 2021

Government bond yields generally moved higher last week; the spectre of a withdrawal of ultraeasy policy conditions remains front and centre of attention. Indeed, we will hear more on this subject perhaps this week from Europe when the European Central

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The climate crisis becomes real

The climate crisis becomes real

🕔11:58, 13.Sep 2021

Global Sustainable Outcomes: There’s only one way to summarise Q2: a world divided. In North America and Europe economic recovery exceeded expectations as successful vaccination programmes supported market reopening. Here in the UK we emerged from a bleak winter of

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Really low real yields.

Really low real yields.

🕔14:52, 9.Sep 2021

In Credit  AUGUST 2021 As we start a new month, we can reflect on another better week and month for core government bonds. US yields fell by around 25bps in July. The fall was led by declining real yields, which

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Japan: Olympic host’s equity market is uniquely positioned

Japan: Olympic host’s equity market is uniquely positioned

🕔13:55, 3.Sep 2021

With the Tokyo Olympics scheduled to take place later this month, all eyes will be on Japan this summer. While there has been a backlash from the Japanese public as a result of Covid-19 concerns, the intentions of the International

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Funding Europe’s green infrastructure finance gap

Funding Europe’s green infrastructure finance gap

🕔15:54, 1.Sep 2021

Responsible Investment has witnessed strong growth over the past five years. However, the past six months have seen it embark on a much steeper trajectory. If we take a Google Analytics view on worldwide searches for “ESG” (environmental, social and

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Dimly aware of a certain unease in the air

Dimly aware of a certain unease in the air

🕔15:20, 30.Aug 2021

We borrowed a line from a Pink Floyd song for this week’s title, which seemed to sum up the mood in markets last week. The rise in cases of the delta variant of Covid brings fears of a pause in

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De opmars van AI

De opmars van AI

🕔13:17, 27.Aug 2021

Uitdagingen voor beleggers na de coronapandemie: Ook voordat de coronapandemie de wereld begin 2020 overspoelde, verspreidden kunstmatige intelligentie (AI) en gerelateerde technologieën zich al van hun bakermat – tech- en internetbedrijven – naar andere sectoren. Door de coronacrisis kwam de

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Dimly aware of a certain unease in the air

Dimly aware of a certain unease in the air

🕔14:14, 26.Aug 2021

We borrowed a line from a Pink Floyd song for this week’s title, which seemed to sum up the mood in markets last week. The rise in cases of the delta variant of Covid brings fears of a pause in

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Fashion eyes sustainability via the circular economy

Fashion eyes sustainability via the circular economy

🕔12:01, 26.Aug 2021

The textiles industry is one of the most pollutive in the world, emitting more CO2 than aviation and shipping combined. But a leading sports firm is showing one way the sector can embrace radical change. I love shopping for clothes

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Another quiet week

Another quiet week

🕔10:34, 24.Aug 2021

In Credit: Bond markets continue to lack much direction. It was inflation week in the US. As expected, the headline rate of consumer price inflation came in at 5.4%, unchanged from the prior month (see Chart of the week), while

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The arrival of long expected inflation.

The arrival of long expected inflation.

🕔13:02, 20.Aug 2021

In Credit: Inflation had long been expected to rise – and rise it has! Data released from the US and UK last week showed a jump in prices that exceeded (increased) expectations by some margin. Starting in the US, Consumer

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Searching for direction.

Searching for direction.

🕔11:45, 17.Aug 2021

In Credit: Government bonds seem to be struggling for direction amid a summer lull and after a period of strong performance. US 10-year yields have fallen from around 1.75% at the end of March 2021 to around 1.29% at the

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Inflation-hedging your portfolio? Beware of unintended consequences

Inflation-hedging your portfolio? Beware of unintended consequences

🕔13:28, 13.Aug 2021

Investors may be concerned about how to protect their portfolios from the impact of higher inflation. Investments such as commodities, real estate and equities have historically outperformed when prices rise. But performance doesn’t tell the whole story. These asset classes

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What could drive change?

What could drive change?

🕔10:25, 12.Aug 2021

Covid-19 index: when might life return to ‘normal’? As the US continues its Covid-19 vaccination program, the Return to Normal Index measures human activity data relative to pre-pandemic levels. The index is constructed by our data scientists and fundamental analysts

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Is the bond broken?

Is the bond broken?

🕔10:19, 6.Aug 2021

An allocation to government bonds within a multi-asset portfolio has traditionally played a vital role in terms of risk management and diversification. However, the decadelong bull era in both government bonds and equities has led investors to ask whether this

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EU’s ‘Fit for 55’ strengthens sustainable outcomes focus

EU’s ‘Fit for 55’ strengthens sustainable outcomes focus

🕔10:45, 28.Jul 2021

The European Commission has unveiled its Fit for 55 roadmap1 setting out the transformation to deliver the European Union’s 2030 target of reducing net greenhouse gas emissions by at least 55% by 2030. This is a vital step to ensure

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Biden’s strong commitment on climate change

Biden’s strong commitment on climate change

🕔15:21, 16.Jul 2021

President Joe Biden’s first months in the White House fully reflect his administration’s commitment to pursuing a transition to a low carbon economy. Biden has rejoined the Paris Agreement and recently announced a highly ambitious target to reduce emissions by

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When will U.S. daily life return to normal?

When will U.S. daily life return to normal?

🕔11:50, 12.Jul 2021

As the U.S. continues its COVID-19 vaccination program, the Return to Normal Index measures human activity data relative to prepandemic levels. The index is constructed by our data scientists and fundamental analysts and tracks …

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Covid-19 index: when might life return to ‘normal’?

Covid-19 index: when might life return to ‘normal’?

🕔12:55, 9.Jul 2021

As one of the world’s largest economies the US is a key focus for investors. With every country attempting to return to normality following the coronavirus pandemic, we are monitoring when US economic activity might get back on track, as

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In Credit

In Credit

🕔10:32, 9.Jul 2021

The ‘roller coaster ride’ for US bond prices, post FOMC, has started to level out though yields were a little higher last week. The benchmark US 10-year yields around 1.5%. This places market levels close to the mid-point of the

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Responsible Investment Quarterly – Q1 2021

Responsible Investment Quarterly – Q1 2021

🕔14:42, 30.Jun 2021

As we have moved into 2021 and look towards COP26, the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Glasgow in November, the degree of focus around climate-related issues and themes has only intensified. This has equally been reflected in aspects

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Global Sustainable Outcomes: News & Views Q1 2021

Global Sustainable Outcomes: News & Views Q1 2021

🕔08:04, 25.Jun 2021

Inflation: a word that has sparked huge debate as well as rotation in the market. But is it temporary or permanent, helpful or harmful? One thing is clear: it has been rising around the world. With successful vaccine rollout programmes

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‘It’s inflation Jim, but not as we know it’.

‘It’s inflation Jim, but not as we know it’.

🕔17:01, 21.Jun 2021

Quarter one of this year was a miserable experience for the bond market. There was just too much ‘good news’ flowing around the system to contain bond yields. The Biden fiscal push, the successful rollout of Covid-19 vaccines and, of

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Steady as she goes…

Steady as she goes…

🕔11:54, 14.Jun 2021

In credit: We saw some key economic data last week, in what felt like a seasonal lull for a number of European countries given the late May bank holiday and a week of school holidays. In the UK, sterling hit

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Covid-19 index: when might life return to ‘normal’?

Covid-19 index: when might life return to ‘normal’?

🕔08:11, 4.Jun 2021

As one of the world’s largest economies the US is a key focus for investors. With every country attempting to return to normality following the coronavirus pandemic, we are monitoring when US economic activity might get back on track, as

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Asset allocation update: standing pat

Asset allocation update: standing pat

🕔09:00, 2.Jun 2021

In a game of cards “standing pat” is to retain one’s hand as dealt, without drawing other cards. Standing pat also captures how we have managed our asset allocation in recent months, making few changes to our overall preferences. We

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Sustainable aviation fuel is ready for take-off

Sustainable aviation fuel is ready for take-off

🕔14:19, 28.May 2021

We are now less than a decade out from the self-imposed deadline set by many companies to become carbon neutral by 2030. Similarly, the 2050 deadline set by many countries to this achieve this is looming into view. Big strides

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Breaking Bad.

Breaking Bad.

🕔08:28, 28.May 2021

In Credit: The key theme this year for markets has been the trend higher in inflation expectations and the question of whether the US economy is overheating. This has prompted a rise in government bond yields, with German and UK

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The crowds are returning!

The crowds are returning!

🕔12:23, 26.May 2021

We have remarked previously on the similarities between asset management and football (Investing? It’s a funny old game, July 2018), and as Covid-19 swept the globe during the last 12 months, our thoughts once again turned to these parallels. At

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Lessons from the backyard on fiscal policy

Lessons from the backyard on fiscal policy

🕔13:09, 21.May 2021

Getting the balance correct between short-term relief checks and long-term infrastructure spending is critical Last summer, at the height of the Covid-19 crisis, I bought and built a swing set for my grandchildren. Construction was reasonably straightforward and – remarkably

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‘Brass in pocket’

‘Brass in pocket’

🕔12:58, 19.May 2021

In Credit: The upward trend of rising inflation expectations continues and is now at 2.5% at the 10-year point of the curve and 2.8% for two years. The US non-farm payroll / employment sector report released last Friday revealed that

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Fixed income: year-to-date performance summary

Fixed income: year-to-date performance summary

🕔14:00, 17.May 2021

As we reach the mid-point of Q2 2021 it seems a good time to sum up fixed income markets year-to-date. As you can see in Figure 1, government bond yields are higher – with the US and, to an extent,

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We expect to see a continued decline in active cases

We expect to see a continued decline in active cases

🕔10:06, 10.May 2021

Covid-19 index: when might life return to ‘normal’? As one of the world’s largest economies the US is a key focus for investors. With every country attempting to return to normality following the coronavirus pandemic, we are monitoring when US

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When will U.S. daily life return to normal?

When will U.S. daily life return to normal?

🕔14:06, 5.May 2021

As the U.S. continues its COVID-19 vaccination program, the Return to Normal Index measures human activity data relative to prepandemic levels. The index is constructed by our data scientists and fundamental analysts and tracks activities in the U.S. including travel,

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All standstill.

All standstill.

🕔08:35, 30.Apr 2021

In Credit: Government bond yields were little moved last week. The benchmark US 10-year note ended the week with a yield of 1.58%, barely moved from a week earlier. Inflation expectations, which have risen materially in the last year and

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Great Expectations.

Great Expectations.

🕔11:21, 27.Apr 2021

In Credit  Inflation arrived in the US last week. There was also a bumper crop of strong economic data releases. This had been largely expected and remarkably yields fell to the lowest level in a month with the US 10-year

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