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China: Transitioning To A Brave New World

China: Transitioning To A Brave New World

🕔16:04, 9.Apr 2021

The return of volatility to China markets. China’s equity markets have been roiled by a combination of concerns in recent weeks, culminating in the fallout from the Archegos family office liquidations in late March. However, this volatility has retraced …

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Podcast: Good Momentum for Value and ESG investing

Podcast: Good Momentum for Value and ESG investing

🕔09:19, 31.Mar 2021

A compelling investment opportunity: Japanese equities offer attractively priced and more visible earnings growth for 2021 and beyond. Nevertheless, Japanese equities are currently trading at a discount to global equities. And Japan equity markets have outpaced major developed market equities both in 2020 and year-to-date in 2021 as the world seeks to transition to a post-pandemic recovery.

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China’s Five-Year Plan: A transformative shift towards self-sufficiency

China’s Five-Year Plan: A transformative shift towards self-sufficiency

🕔08:27, 30.Mar 2021

The National People’s Congress (NPC) and the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPCC) closed in Beijing on March 11th. This is the most important event on China’s political calendar, as the NPC approves the main policy objectives that will set the tone for the remainder of the year. This year was especially important, as it also …

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Brightening growth prospects for 2021 underscore regional disparities

Brightening growth prospects for 2021 underscore regional disparities

🕔08:16, 19.Mar 2021

According to our forecasts, Asia1 is projected to lead the global economic recovery in 2021. On a GDP-weighted basis, the region is expected to expand by 6.6% this year, up from -1.0% in 2020 (Chart 1). Excluding China, Asia will expand at a slower rate of 4.7% in 2021, up from …

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Podcast: The US economy and the USD credit market are in a stronger position than the euro area

Podcast: The US economy and the USD credit market are in a stronger position than the euro area

🕔12:42, 18.Mar 2021

A pick-up vs. EUR-denominated investment grade bonds of +110 bps, investors lock-in a higher yield in the USD market as hedging costs to EUR remain low …

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Investing Amidst a Tantrum in US Bond Markets

Investing Amidst a Tantrum in US Bond Markets

🕔16:12, 15.Mar 2021

February saw US fiscal authorities take the baton from the Federal Reserve and surprise on the upside in terms of proposed spending programmes in the months ahead. This served as a tailwind for global equities and a headwind for …

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UBP: A happy and sustainable 3-year anniversary

UBP: A happy and sustainable 3-year anniversary

🕔10:21, 12.Mar 2021

UBP’s EM Sustainable Corporate Bond strategy was launched three years ago. Since then, the sustainability …

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Why renewable energy has come of age in 2020

Why renewable energy has come of age in 2020

🕔11:21, 11.Mar 2021

Why renewable energy has come of age in 2020 What changed to make renewable energy such an investment success story in 2020, UBP’s Mathieu Negre asks Renewable energy stands out as one of the main stock market success stories of

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The Next Leg of Recovery

The Next Leg of Recovery

🕔11:25, 17.Feb 2021

2021 began with renewed bouts of volatility with a tug of war emerging between concerns over slow vaccine rollouts especially on the continent and delays in US fiscal support against positive earnings trends.

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Big Tech: Assessing the threats on the horizon spotlight

Big Tech: Assessing the threats on the horizon spotlight

🕔15:33, 16.Feb 2021

With Netflix shaping our entertainment choices and Zoom putting faces to our conversations during this extended period of social distancing, the mobile digital revolution that began with four companies in the early days of the 21st century has acquired new players.

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UBP’s small- and mid-cap capabilities

UBP’s small- and mid-cap capabilities

🕔08:28, 5.Feb 2021

In recent weeks, investors were relieved by the positive newsflow around the successful COVID-19 vaccine trials and subsequent implementation of roll-out programmes. However, experts agree that the positive effects on the recovery and getting back to “normality” is not likely to happen before the end of this year. As 2021 looks like a bumpy road, many investors are willing to increase equity risk and directionality, subject to selectivity.

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DCEP may play a key part in China’s long-term economic transition

DCEP may play a key part in China’s long-term economic transition

🕔07:28, 28.Jan 2021

China’s Digital Currency Electronic Payment (DCEP) system was proposed in 2014 and will be one of the first Central Bank Digital Currencies (CBDC) in the world. The DCEP was first tested in April 2020 within Shenzhen, Chengdu, Suzhou and Xiong’an New Area (Xiong’an). The pilot in Xiong’an is part of preparations for the 2022 Winter Olympics. The pilots may be expanded to cover several …

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Podcast: Flash Update – UBP Global & Absolute Return Fixed Income Outlook 2021

Podcast: Flash Update – UBP Global & Absolute Return Fixed Income Outlook 2021

🕔11:48, 27.Jan 2021

Key takeaways: 1) We anticipate that the global growth recovery will remain intact as vaccine distribution will allow economies to gradually normalise, 2) Monetary and fiscal policy shall remain accommodative, 3) We expect this to be a positive environment for credit, whilst interest rate markets have room to breathe higher

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Vaccines: Israel and the UAE show the way forward

Vaccines: Israel and the UAE show the way forward

🕔14:51, 26.Jan 2021

With vaccines having been rolled out to combat the global pandemic in late-December, perhaps unsurprisingly, two wealthy, small nations – Israel and the UAE – are among the global leaders in deploying them to their domestic populations.

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From Paris to Glasgow: the return of the U.S. to the climate fight

From Paris to Glasgow: the return of the U.S. to the climate fight

🕔11:22, 25.Jan 2021

The 2016 Paris Agreement is at a critical juncture for at least two reasons. First, it recently celebrated its five-year anniversary. It is far too early to analyse the Agreement’s “achievements”, but that will not stop critics from trying. This scrutiny should be welcomed by those whose fear that not enough attention is being paid to rising temperatures’ grave threat to mankind. After all, 2020 was the second-hottest …

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UBP Frontier Debt – 2020 review and 2021 outlook

UBP Frontier Debt – 2020 review and 2021 outlook

🕔12:01, 18.Jan 2021

UBP Frontier Debt 2020 review and 2021 outlook 2020 confirmed the volatility of Frontier Debt, but also its resilience and mean reverting nature Belief in the longer-term merits of the asset class gave UBP the confidence to launch our fund,

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The distinguishing features of impact investing

The distinguishing features of impact investing

🕔08:29, 15.Jan 2021

The distinguishing features of impact investing White Paper The growing market According to the Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN), the impact market, which doubled in size in 2018, continued its solid growth in 2020, reaching USD 715 billion. This stunning

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Social & Affordable Housing

Social & Affordable Housing

🕔14:25, 12.Jan 2021

Social & Affordable Housing White paper This white paper summarises the social and affordable housing (“S&AH”) sector in the United Kingdom and Ireland. There are similarities in the provision of S&AH in each country and in each there is a

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Swiss Small and Mid-Cap Equities – Consistent Value Creation

Swiss Small and Mid-Cap Equities – Consistent Value Creation

🕔07:33, 31.Dec 2020

White Paper As in previous crises, the safe-haven status of the Swiss franc and an inflation rate of only 0.2% (as of the end of 2019) have helped Switzerland weather the storm in the past few months. The country has

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China: Don’t fret over an increase in corporate bond defaults

China: Don’t fret over an increase in corporate bond defaults

🕔14:39, 30.Dec 2020

Corporate bond defaults were once considered a rare occurrence in China. This is because borrowers have historically relied heavily on financial support from stateowned banks in times of trouble. However, things have started to change in the world’s second largest

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Repositioning Portfolios for a Brave New World

Repositioning Portfolios for a Brave New World

🕔13:26, 23.Dec 2020

Monthly Investment Outlook – December Key points Downside risks weigh on Q4 growth in several countries due to rising contagion and pressure on hospitals; European activity should contract in Q4, and a parallel slowdown is expected in the US, while

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Looking Ahead to a Brave New World

Looking Ahead to a Brave New World

🕔11:22, 10.Dec 2020

Monthly Investment Outlook – December Key points Downside risks weigh on Q4 growth in several countries due to rising contagion and pressure on hospitals; European activity should contract in Q4, and a parallel slowdown is expected in the US, while

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White Paper: European Small Caps – Rising Stars

White Paper: European Small Caps – Rising Stars

🕔07:47, 2.Dec 2020

White Paper: European Small Caps – Rising Stars The big story in 2020 has been the coronavirus pandemic and its impact on the global economy, government finances and corporate earnings, leading to heightened levels of equity market volatility. Smaller companies

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A Brave New World

A Brave New World

🕔07:26, 1.Dec 2020

Investment Outlook 2021 According to our scenario, all countries should see renewed growth in 2021. Economies have seen a gradual upturn since summer 2020, although the resurgence of Covid-19 cases and new local restrictions are hampering the recovery at the

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UBP – Flash Update: UBAM – Hybrid Bond | opportunity in European Banks AT1 bonds (Podcast)

UBP – Flash Update: UBAM – Hybrid Bond | opportunity in European Banks AT1 bonds (Podcast)

🕔11:03, 23.Nov 2020

UBAM – Hybrid Bond Opportunity in European Banks AT1 bonds Key takeaways: Fundamentally, European banks are solid with strong capital ratios and should exit the Covid-19 crisis unscathed The macro picture continues to improve, assisted by significant central bank support

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Flash Update – Investment Views

Flash Update – Investment Views

🕔14:59, 12.Nov 2020

Global & Absolute Return Fixed Income For Professional Investors in Switzerland or Professional Investors as defined by the relevant laws  Key takeaways: ■ The outcome of the US elections has reduced hopes of a large fiscal package being passed next

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UBP AM – On track since launch: U Access – Long/Short Japan Corporate Governance

UBP AM – On track since launch: U Access – Long/Short Japan Corporate Governance

🕔14:27, 29.Oct 2020

On track since launch: U Access – Long/Short Japan Corporate Governance Key takeaways: U Access – Long/Short Japan Corporate Governance maintained its gross and net exposure in line with the investment philosophy. We can report a constant increase of Assets

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UBP – Flash Update: EM Sustainable Corporate Bond crosses the USD 100 million mark (Podcast)

UBP – Flash Update: EM Sustainable Corporate Bond crosses the USD 100 million mark (Podcast)

🕔11:09, 12.Oct 2020

Flash update: UBAM – EM Sustainable Corporate Bond Podcast Key takeaways Demand for responsible investment is on the rise and pushed AUMs in UBAM – EM Sustainable Corporate Bond fund above USD 100 mln The fund outperforms YTD, thanks notably

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UBP – Global Fintech Equity – Product Card

UBP – Global Fintech Equity – Product Card

🕔13:02, 8.Oct 2020

The fintech industry offers a growing and diversified investment universe with more than USD 2 tn market cap depth. Around 180 companies specialising in global payments, financial IT infrastructure, networks & security, data and analytics, insurtech and regtech as well

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UBP – Growth Opportunities in Global Financial Innovation

UBP – Growth Opportunities in Global Financial Innovation

🕔11:25, 8.Oct 2020

UBAM – Global Fintech Equity We are pleased to announce the launch of the new fund UBAM – Global Fintech Equity under the Swiss & Global Equity franchise, which now holds 4bn USD in AUM. Why invest in Fintech? Podcast

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Investing Amidst a New Fed Policy Regime

Investing Amidst a New Fed Policy Regime

🕔13:23, 5.Oct 2020

Spotlight In early-September, the US Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell announced a shift in the inflation containment policy regime that had been in place since the 1970s. Recall how, facing rapidly rising and eventually double-digit inflation, then Fed Chair Paul

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UBP – Flash update: Why does liquidity matter? (Podcast)

UBP – Flash update: Why does liquidity matter? (Podcast)

🕔12:46, 1.Oct 2020

Flash update: Why does liquidity matter? Podcast Key takeaways: A rapid drying off of liquidity has become a corollary to financial market shocks. However, when the shock materialises, it is too late to worry about liquidity. As it happens, a

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Why does liquidity matter

Why does liquidity matter

🕔13:13, 29.Sep 2020

Flash Update Liquidity took a central stage during the Covid-19 sell-off. As such, Covid-19 should serve as a wake-up call for investors with regard to the role of liquidity in portfolios. At UBP Global & Absolute Return Fixed Income team,

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Refining alpha in the hedge fund world

Refining alpha in the hedge fund world

🕔09:58, 22.Sep 2020

The current challenging market environment suggests a greater need than ever for alternatives. Hedge funds, which target differentiated, positive absolute returns, provide clear potential benefits. However, institutional investors have …

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Zwitserse aandelen – Structurele waardecreatie

Zwitserse aandelen – Structurele waardecreatie

🕔09:40, 6.Aug 2020

White Paper  In dat verslag worden 200 landen gerangschikt op basis van een COVID-19- gerelateerde veiligheids- en risicoanalyse die steunt op een hele reeks datapunten. Zwitserland kreeg de hoogste algemene score voor zijn doeltreffende maatregelen om de verspreiding van het

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Do public equities have a role to play in impact investing?

Do public equities have a role to play in impact investing?

🕔15:05, 17.Jul 2020

Impact Investing In terms of asset class, impact investing has traditionally been associated with private capital. Public equities make up just 17% of the USD 502 billion in assets managed in impact strategies1 , a negligible amount compared with the

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AT1 debt & CoCo bonds

AT1 debt & CoCo bonds

🕔11:30, 13.Jul 2020

White Paper   Solid fundamentals for European systemic banks when entering the crisis Covid-19 is not 2008 Global Financial Crisis. European banks entered the Covid-19 crisis with solid capital positions and higher capital ratios than in 2008 courtesy of the new banking …

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Swiss Equities – Structural value creation

Swiss Equities – Structural value creation

🕔15:14, 10.Jul 2020

White Paper The resilience of the Swiss economy has once again been proven during the Covid-19 pandemic and is reflected by the Swiss equity market’s outperformance year to date. Several Swiss companies across all market cap segments have benefited from

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US Presidential Election Comes into Focus

US Presidential Election Comes into Focus

🕔15:10, 6.Jul 2020

Betting markets have seen a dramatic narrowing in the re-election prospects for US President Donald Trump following the onset of the US phase of the global Coronavirus crisis leaving them pricing …

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White Paper – EM Fixed Income – The Case for Frontier Debt_2020-04

White Paper – EM Fixed Income – The Case for Frontier Debt_2020-04

🕔13:36, 1.May 2020

Frontier debt markets: a growth story After significant growth over the last decade, we believe that it is time for global investors to start considering EM frontier debt as a stand-alone investment opportunity. All of the traditional arguments for allocating

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Covid19 crisis – Update

Covid19 crisis – Update

🕔15:12, 28.Apr 2020

For the first time ever the Fed will be aggressively buying corporate bonds This significantly reduces the main market risks, such as: Liquidity risk Risk of funds’ closures Refinancing risk Fallen angel risk And it is ready to do more.

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EM Fixed Income – The Case for Frontier Debt

EM Fixed Income – The Case for Frontier Debt

🕔16:44, 20.Apr 2020

Frontier debt markets: a growth story After significant growth over the last decade, we believe that it is time for global investors to start considering EM frontier debt as a stand-alone investment opportunity. All of the traditional arguments for allocating

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COVID-19: The tug of war begins

COVID-19: The tug of war begins

🕔10:00, 8.Apr 2020

Spotlight While the humanitarian crisis continues unabated in many regions of the world, April should begin to see some respite in terms of infections starting first in Italy and hopefully continuing into other areas of continental Europe as well. As

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‘WHATEVER IT TAKES’: FISCAL EDITION

‘WHATEVER IT TAKES’: FISCAL EDITION

🕔14:51, 3.Apr 2020

With the US and broader European economies entering the ‘acceleration’ phase of their respective COVID-19 infection cycles, fiscal policymakers across Europe and the United States have begun outlining plans to bear down on this growing shock to demand and confidence.

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‘Whatever it takes’: Fiscal Edition

‘Whatever it takes’: Fiscal Edition

🕔07:00, 24.Mar 2020

Key points With the US and broader European economies entering the ‘acceleration’ phase of their respective COVID-19 infection cycles, fiscal policymakers across Europe and the United States have begun outlining plans to bear down on this growing shock to demand

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The Viral Demand Shock Goes Global

The Viral Demand Shock Goes Global

🕔14:30, 18.Mar 2020

The 2002-2003 SARS outbreak framework that most, including ourselves, were drawing upon to anticipate the trajectory of the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak requires an adjustment following the failure of authorities to contain the contagion to the Asian continent. While an extended

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Improving fundamentals exogenous shocks increased volatility

Improving fundamentals exogenous shocks increased volatility

🕔10:48, 24.Feb 2020

Focus on Risk Management Global economy / Asset allocation Moderate growth is expected in 2020, underpinned by a stabilisation in the main regions. Industrial activity and investment should progressively recover. We anticipate economic policy continuing to offer proactive support as

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The US federal reserve’s ‘whatever it takes’ moment has arrived

The US federal reserve’s ‘whatever it takes’ moment has arrived

🕔08:37, 24.Jan 2020

Monthly investment outlook Global equities pressed higher in December with risk free yields rising while credit spreads compressed as liquidity growth accelerated into year end. With the Fed recognising that it had not eased the USD liquidity backdrop meaningfully since September’

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No One Has Won the Trade War…Yet

No One Has Won the Trade War…Yet

🕔07:00, 25.Dec 2019

It is too early for either China or the United States to claim victory following the ‘Phase 1’ agreement announced last week. The ongoing 5G debate in Germany may hold the key for the US credibly to claim victory towards

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The global economy at the crossroads

The global economy at the crossroads

🕔11:43, 5.Dec 2019

Dear Reader, Following the shock caused by near-20% declines during the fourth quarter of 2018, global equity markets rebounded strongly in early 2019 as the US Federal Reserve brought its rate hikes to an end in the first quarter before

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