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Fashion eyes sustainability via the circular economy

Fashion eyes sustainability via the circular economy

🕔12:01, 30.Jul 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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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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The arrival of long expected inflation.

The arrival of long expected inflation.

🕔12:02, 27.Jul 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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Inflation-hedging your portfolio? Beware of unintended consequences

Inflation-hedging your portfolio? Beware of unintended consequences

🕔15:28, 20.Jul 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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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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Japan’s software revolution is making up for lost time

Japan’s software revolution is making up for lost time

🕔16:00, 24.Jun 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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‘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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Funding Europe’s green infrastructure finance gap

Funding Europe’s green infrastructure finance gap

🕔15:54, 15.Jun 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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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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A farewell to negative yields?

A farewell to negative yields?

🕔08:30, 31.May 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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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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De opmars van AI

De opmars van AI

🕔14:17, 10.May 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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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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Earth Day 2021: How investors can support a greener future

Earth Day 2021: How investors can support a greener future

🕔16:16, 22.Apr 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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Activity numbers won’t all return to where they were before Covid

Activity numbers won’t all return to where they were before Covid

🕔15:02, 21.Apr 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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Calm after a storm.

Calm after a storm.

🕔15:28, 16.Apr 2021

There has been a degree more stability or calm in core government markets over the last couple of weeks. This comes after a very difficult start to the year, especially in the US.

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Office-working: long-term symptoms or full recovery?

Office-working: long-term symptoms or full recovery?

🕔16:06, 14.Apr 2021

With the advent of the Covid-19 pandemic, millions of office workers worldwide were forced to work from home (WFH) for the majority of 2020. With this massive shift in employee work practice, many forecasters are predicting a …

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Fund manager interview: maintaining a global focus

Fund manager interview: maintaining a global focus

🕔12:12, 13.Apr 2021

With economies looking towards a post-Covid world and concerns around inflation growing, we talk to the manager of the Global Focus strategy about what 2021 might have in store

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How vaccines are paving the way for the ‘grand reopening’

How vaccines are paving the way for the ‘grand reopening’

🕔16:55, 1.Apr 2021

6.45pm, 15 March 2021 – this is my appointment for a first dose of the Covid vaccine. I don’t want to give away my age, but by then approaching 25 million people will have received their first vaccine dose in the UK – close to half the adult population. I don’t know which vaccine I will get, but either way we are on our way. The grand reopening is coming.

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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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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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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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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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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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Some like it hot!

Some like it hot!

🕔08:24, 18.Mar 2021

At the end of last year, I reflected that you “gotta have faith in low discount rates” for risk assets, such as equities, to continue to perform well in 2021. While on the one hand the economic and earnings recovery from Covid-19 was, and continues to be, more potent than expected, allowing companies to grow-in to elevated multiples; on the other hand, an increase in ultra-cheap capital …

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

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

🕔11:13, 16.Mar 2021

Since our February update, the Return to Normal Index has ticked up only slightly (Figure 1). This is not surprising: large segments of the population are still not eligible to get a vaccination. But the good news is that Covid cases, hospitalisations and positivity rates continue to fall precipitously, and vaccine distribution is accelerating. Among the index subcomponents …

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Solutions to the ever-growing plastic waste problem

Solutions to the ever-growing plastic waste problem

🕔15:20, 9.Mar 2021

Looking back over 2020 it was clearly an unusual year. The coronavirus pandemic and lockdowns have required considerable adaptation. The resilience and determination people have shown is remarkable.

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Gender diversity and equality remain on the agenda

Gender diversity and equality remain on the agenda

🕔12:23, 8.Mar 2021

To mark International Women’s Day on 8 March, some of our leading female fund managers discuss the prospects for their asset class as well as their thoughts on the wider backdrop for women in asset management and progress towards gender diversity

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In Credit: Bad start to the year… for bonds

In Credit: Bad start to the year… for bonds

🕔10:17, 5.Mar 2021

It has not been an easy start to the year for government bonds. Yields are higher around the globe for a second month as can be seen on the ‘Markets at a glance’ table. This means that total returns are

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Climate change, net zero and the employment myth

Climate change, net zero and the employment myth

🕔15:53, 1.Mar 2021

The world is changing and not just because of climate change. How companies and governments respond to the change will have significant implications, economically and competitively as well as for employment, which we will focus on in this article.

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

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

🕔11:18, 23.Feb 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 well as other measures of “normality” …

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Developing capital markets make China an exciting option

Developing capital markets make China an exciting option

🕔08:04, 22.Feb 2021

With Chinese New Year celebrations getting underway and 2021 being the Year of the Ox – a symbol of strength and determination – we look at the prospects for Chinese equities. The past several years has seen investors inundated with negative headlines about trade wars and international tensions. But what has been much overlooked is the significant progress China has made in developing its capital markets, which has made investing there more …

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Why we think it’s too early to be cautious on equities

Why we think it’s too early to be cautious on equities

🕔17:40, 20.Feb 2021

Value stocks outperformed momentum by almost 30% in November, but then gave back a third of this by the beginning of 2021 (Figure 1). Is the Georgia vote and Democrat win in the Senate the catalyst that reverses this? US investors did not think Senate control would switch to the Democrats, yet former president Donald Trump alienated centrist votes with allegations of stolen …

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Reflating a bubble

Reflating a bubble

🕔11:18, 19.Feb 2021

It was Presidents Day in the US on 15 February and we imagine ex-President Trump will be celebrating more than most after being acquitted in his second impeachment vote. There was, however, less to celebrate in government bond land.

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Developing capital markets make China an exciting option

Developing capital markets make China an exciting option

🕔10:44, 18.Feb 2021

With Chinese New Year celebrations getting underway and 2021 being the Year of the Ox – a symbol of strength and determination – we look at the prospects for Chinese equities

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