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Secure income assets: new opportunities for a new decade

Secure income assets: new opportunities for a new decade

🕔14:36, 23.Oct 2020

DB (defined benefit) pension schemes are progressing along their journey to end-game, with many becoming increasingly cashflow negative and struggling to balance competing requirements for returns and cashflow.  In this environment we believe that the cashflows, diversification and return-generating nature

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Endurance test

Endurance test

🕔09:30, 14.Oct 2020

CIO autumn update The more things stay the same… Change may be the only constant over the coming months. We believe investors will need to be dynamic in striking a balance between managing risks and seizing opportunities. Since we published

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CIO autumn update: Endurance test

CIO autumn update: Endurance test

🕔07:36, 25.Sep 2020

Change may be the only constant over the coming months. We believe investors will need to be dynamic in striking a balance between managing risks and seizing opportunities. Since we published our last outlook, many of the dynamics we observed

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ESG in LGIM’s Active EMD investment process

ESG in LGIM’s Active EMD investment process

🕔15:10, 28.Aug 2020

As fixed income professionals, one question we find ourselves increasingly answering is: How do you make the connection between environmental, social and governance (ESG) considerations and credit? For most people, there is an intuitive connection to be made when it

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Q3 Outlook: Optimism versus reality

Q3 Outlook: Optimism versus reality

🕔09:58, 17.Jul 2020

We believe there is a striking disconnect between market pricing and the real economy, especially with regard to expected company earnings. In the past three months, risk assets have pulled back from the brink of collapse, as policy makers hosed

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Are secure income assets being overlooked?

Are secure income assets being overlooked?

🕔11:23, 9.Jun 2020

As activity in public credit markets has oscillated across our screens, private credit markets have been largely overlooked. In our view, this is an oversight for investors. We believe the attributes associated with private debt become more valuable during periods

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Finding the greenest generation

Finding the greenest generation

🕔13:45, 26.May 2020

Our research into the ESG views of Boomer, Gen X and Millennial savers f someone had told me, late in 2018, that over the next two years we would see forest fires devastate Australian wildlife; witness sightings in the US

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Safety first

Safety first

🕔14:46, 15.May 2020

Q2 Outlook In our last quarterly outlook, we flagged our cautious posture on risk assets, taken due to a number of smouldering risks on the horizon. One risk we did not highlight, however, was that a pandemic would break out,

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The Consolidator Conundrum

The Consolidator Conundrum

🕔09:57, 14.Apr 2020

As defined benefit (DB) pension schemes mature and become better funded, they are increasingly considering various different end-game approaches.  In previous papers, we have explored new developments in ways of thinking about pension scheme risk in end-game and on the

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Actively diversified: harnessing multiple return sources

Actively diversified: harnessing multiple return sources

🕔13:28, 18.Feb 2020

The long bull market in equities might seem to some like evidence against the benefits of diversification, but we believe now is the time for schemes to consider how diversification, and particularly the inclusion of alternative strategies, could help the

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Mind the traps

Mind the traps

🕔16:56, 27.Jan 2020

Q1 Outlook Since our last quarterly note, where we focused on the threats to the world economy, political and international events have meant that the global economic backdrop has become somewhat more positive and market positioning is less stretched than

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CIO 2020 Outlook: Year of Change

CIO 2020 Outlook: Year of Change

🕔08:20, 19.Dec 2019

In this outlook, teams from across LGIM examine the opportunities and risks with which investors are presented in this context. Here are some of our conclusions: Global growth may ultimately disappoint investors even as recession fears abate The many ways

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Market Insights Q4 2019 Outlook – Gathering clouds

Market Insights Q4 2019 Outlook – Gathering clouds

🕔12:10, 5.Nov 2019

We turn cautious on global equities on a tactical and medium-term view, as US stocks flirt with record highs even though risks to the world economy are mounting. In our last quarterly note, we pointed out that investors faced a

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The Power of Data Science

The Power of Data Science

🕔10:03, 14.Oct 2019

Ros Altmann, former UK pensions minister, has spoken of the need to “make pensions digital”. The Department of Work and Pensions’ Pensions Dashboard aims to do just that, by collecting and curating information about members’ multiple defined benefit (DB) and

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CIO outlook: Opportunities in adversity

CIO outlook: Opportunities in adversity

🕔11:50, 4.Oct 2019

When contemplating what the final months of 2019 might have in store, we are probably similar to many other investors in feeling somewhat apprehensive, given the challenges we face: trade tensions, slowing growth, policy uncertainty and, of course, Brexit. 

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Modern Monetary Theory: are defcit hawks an endangered species?

Modern Monetary Theory: are defcit hawks an endangered species?

🕔15:32, 25.Sep 2019

A once-fringe economic theory has been embraced by liberal politicians at the same time as traditional budget hawks have been in retreat. Its rise has potentially radical implications for infation and investors Decades into an era of declining infation and

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Opportunities in adversity

Opportunities in adversity

🕔12:48, 20.Sep 2019

When contemplating what the final months of 2019 might have in store, we are probably similar to many other investors in feeling somewhat apprehensive, given the challenges we face: trade tensions, slowing growth, policy uncertainty and, of course, Brexit. Looking

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Responsible investing: factor friend or foe?

Responsible investing: factor friend or foe?

🕔17:46, 30.Aug 2019

Can environmental, social and governance concerns (ESG) ft within a factor-based portfolio? In this article, we tackle two issues: the inconsistency in methodologies for ESG scoring, and ways to integrate ESG considerations into factor portfolios.  As growing numbers of investors

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Long-term Thinking – Demographics For Investment Professionals

Long-term Thinking – Demographics For Investment Professionals

🕔12:07, 19.Aug 2019

Retirement anxiety, rate depression, populism… and what to do about it With global interest rates remaining near all-time lows, and $15 trillion of debt providing investors a negative yield, bond-market bears are in danger of becoming extinct. But could today’s

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The signals and the noise

The signals and the noise

🕔10:41, 31.Jul 2019

Following the recent rally, we have dialled down our tactical equity exposure to neutral from positive, in light of market expectations for central bank action and the still-simmering trade war 

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Material change: a fve-step ESG checklist for trustees

Material change: a fve-step ESG checklist for trustees

🕔17:52, 19.Jul 2019

How can pension trustees prepare for new requirements on the fnancial materiality of environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors? ‘ESG considerations’ mean many things to many people – not least regulators, who are now viewing them as core to the

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Market Insights Q2 2019 – Outlook Remaining Bullish as the cycle goes on

Market Insights Q2 2019 – Outlook Remaining Bullish as the cycle goes on

🕔17:02, 30.Jun 2019

Three months ago, following a brutal period for equities, we noted that investors were likely to be rewarded by “being fearful when others are greedy – and greedy when others are fearful”. Spectacular returns over the first quarter demonstrated the

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Climate Impact Pledge: Tackling the climate emergency

Climate Impact Pledge: Tackling the climate emergency

🕔15:00, 24.Jun 2019

The second annual results of our Climate Impact Pledge showcase the corporate leaders and laggards on climate action; we are encouraged by improvements across sectors but will continue to press companies to meet this era-defining challenge.

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Going Dutch: the prospects for and implications of a four-day working week

Going Dutch: the prospects for and implications of a four-day working week

🕔14:04, 11.Jun 2019

Fundamentals A future in which there is less work to be done will radically reshape the economy, with important consequences for investors – including some contrarian implications for the consumer and real-estate sectors.

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How to optimise diversification to improve risk-adjusted returns

How to optimise diversification to improve risk-adjusted returns

🕔17:02, 11.May 2019

How can expected returns be enhanced without increasing risks? We discuss cutting-edge visualisation tools and a first-principles approach to secure the predictable benefits of a diversified portfolio.

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