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A standalone Allocation to China

A standalone Allocation to China

🕔14:27, 16.Jun 2021

The growth in China’s GDP and equity market over the last 30 years has not been matched by its allocation in investor portfolios. Foreign investment amounts to only about 3% of China’s stock market capitalisation, even though the country now

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Positioning for a New Economic Landscape

Positioning for a New Economic Landscape

🕔10:15, 16.Jun 2021

Recovery is on track, but inflation pressures create risks.  The strengthening economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic appears poised to broaden across regions and countries in the second half of 2021, bolstered by vaccine progress, continued fiscal and monetary stimulus,

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Why emerging markets local currency debt in 4 charts

Why emerging markets local currency debt in 4 charts

🕔08:05, 16.Jun 2021

As emerging markets matured over the last couple decades, many countries began issuing debt, denominated in their respective local currency, rather than US dollars. This has created a valuable sub-asset class worth more than 3 trillion US dollars, alongside US

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The Next (Re-opening) Wave

The Next (Re-opening) Wave

🕔16:54, 15.Jun 2021

Asset Allocation Monthly – June 2021: Investor attention is turning to where economic growth will accelerate next as vaccine rollouts allow more and more economies to reopen. The current leaders, the US and UK, will soon pass the baton to

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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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Investment Ideas for the Next 12 Months

Investment Ideas for the Next 12 Months

🕔14:48, 15.Jun 2021

Positioning your portfolio for the risks and opportunities ahead. Investors have rarely experienced such an extraordinary period. Just as the 2020 shutdown of much of the global economy by the coronavirus pandemic was unprecedented, the recovery this year is likely to

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De wereld heeft een veel hogere koolstofprijs nodig

De wereld heeft een veel hogere koolstofprijs nodig

🕔12:10, 15.Jun 2021

De CO2-prijzen kennen tot nog toe geen succes. Maar ze zouden wel eens snel een pijler van de groene economie kunnen worden. De transitie van een economie op fossiele brandstoffen naar een economie op basis van hernieuwbare energie belooft net

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Podcast: Positive Impact Equity | Performance & positioning

Podcast: Positive Impact Equity | Performance & positioning

🕔09:45, 15.Jun 2021

During 2020 the market went through a number of distinct phases from, 1) ignorance of the impending COVID-19 effects (January, February) to, 2) panic (end of February to mid-April) to, 3) the “world will need to change” as a broad

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Video: Ecosystem restoration – Now is the time

Video: Ecosystem restoration – Now is the time

🕔15:30, 14.Jun 2021

Biodiversity and economic activity are closely linked, so biodiversity loss endangers the economy, us and our prosperity. Nature and healthy ecosystems provide ecosystem services ranging from pollination to flood protection worth an estimated USD 125 trillion dollars. That is almost

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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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Barometer: Iets minder groei, iets meer inflatie

Barometer: Iets minder groei, iets meer inflatie

🕔10:48, 11.Jun 2021

De economische groei zal weldra vertragen, maar de inflatiedruk kan nog een tijdje aanhouden. Beleggers moeten dus een defensievere houding aannemen.

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Markets – The times, they are a-changin’

Markets – The times, they are a-changin’

🕔09:30, 11.Jun 2021

Having hit a record high in late April, global equities peaked again in May after a choppy spell. Inflation appears to worry investors less now than it did at the start of the year. The latest indicators are beginning to

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Duration Hideouts Offer Opportunities as Bond Sell‑Off Continues

Duration Hideouts Offer Opportunities as Bond Sell‑Off Continues

🕔14:14, 10.Jun 2021

Five key themes for an uncertain period in fixed income markets. What’s next for fixed income markets? A sharp rise in government bond yields since late 2020 has left many investors questioning how much further this trend has to run, if

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The world needs a much higher carbon price

The world needs a much higher carbon price

🕔12:19, 10.Jun 2021

Carbon pricing has so far failed to take off. But it could soon become a pillar of the green economy. The transition from a fossil-fuelled economy to one powered by renewables carries the promise of being as transformational as the

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China in the global inflation scare

China in the global inflation scare

🕔10:03, 10.Jun 2021

Markets are worrying about rising inflation, but to date, there has been no evidence yet of ‘demand-pull’ inflation amplifying cost-push pressures, especially in Asia. There is also no sign of a global wage-price spiral. Nevertheless, we believe there are reasons

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Fundamentals spreken in het voordeel van de opkomende markten

Fundamentals spreken in het voordeel van de opkomende markten

🕔14:50, 9.Jun 2021

Activa van opkomende markten presteren goed in een omgeving van stijgende inflatie en sterke groei, zelfs wanneer de rendementen stijgen en de economieën van ontwikkelde markten beter presteren. Nadat de opkomende markten het afgelopen jaar sterk hebben gepresteerd, maken beleggers

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European equities – Closing the gap

European equities – Closing the gap

🕔14:46, 9.Jun 2021

European equities have staged a spectacular rebound: Since their March 2020 low, they are up by more than 60%. So far this year, they have gained more than 13%. Still, there is the perception that the European market has significantly

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Why Central Bank Digital Currencies Will Revolutionize Banking

Why Central Bank Digital Currencies Will Revolutionize Banking

🕔09:25, 9.Jun 2021

CBDCs should boost financial inclusion and improve efficiency. Private sector cryptocurrencies— digital assets used as a medium of exchange—have received a lot of public attention in recent years. Now, central banks across the world are exploring the introduction of central bank

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Why active investing is an attractive approach for Japanese equities

Why active investing is an attractive approach for Japanese equities

🕔16:34, 8.Jun 2021

The Bank of Japan’s (BoJ) recent decision to adjust its ETF purchase programme has given investors plenty to think about from the impact on asset prices to the longer term future of the country’s monetary easing policies. In this paper,

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Podcast: European equities: About to catch up (podcast)

Podcast: European equities: About to catch up (podcast)

🕔14:44, 8.Jun 2021

Fund flows to date have massively favoured US equities, but European equities now have considerable scope to catch up as the economic recovery broadens and investors reassess their valuations relative to their more expensive US counterparts. Peter Abbott, European equities portfolio

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Focus on Higher-Quality Investment-Grade Corporate Bonds

Focus on Higher-Quality Investment-Grade Corporate Bonds

🕔09:59, 8.Jun 2021

We are finding opportunities to add yield despite narrow spreads. I nvestment-grade corporate bond valuations, measured by credit spreads,1 are expensive relative to history, and fundamental and technical conditions in the asset class are still positive but becoming more fragile.

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Pictet Asset Management: Groen vastgoed is een aantrekkelijke belegging

Pictet Asset Management: Groen vastgoed is een aantrekkelijke belegging

🕔10:24, 7.Jun 2021

Het internetgebruik en daarmee de data die we up en downloaden neemt alleen maar toe. Hiermee neemt ook de vraag toe naar een gespecialiseerd type vastgoed: het datacenter. Alleen al in Europa zal de datacentermarkt in de periode 2020-2024 jaarlijks

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Sustainability by Nature

Sustainability by Nature

🕔02:31, 7.Jun 2021

Our biodiversity roadmap: We are in the midst of Earth’s sixth mass extinction event. Approximately 25% of all species on Earth is at risk of extinction by 2050, representing roughly one million species of plants and animals. By the end

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Dekkingsgraadscan pensioenfondsen – Stabilisatie in mei

Dekkingsgraadscan pensioenfondsen – Stabilisatie in mei

🕔12:44, 4.Jun 2021

Onze inschatting is dat de actuele dekkingsgraad in de afgelopen maand is gedaald met 0.2%-punt door marktbewegingen, om te eindigen op 108.1% per 31 mei. Onze inschatting is verder dat de 12-maands gemiddelde dekkingsgraad is gestegen met 1.3%-punt naar 99.7%.

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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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What do we need to do to decarbonise aviation?

What do we need to do to decarbonise aviation?

🕔13:11, 3.Jun 2021

The aviation industry and its emissions are both projected to grow over the coming decades. What policies and technologies can help limit the sector’s impact on the environment? It’s said that aviation only contributes around 2.5% to global CO2 emissions.

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Podcast: Flash Update on EM Investment Grade Corporate Bonds

Podcast: Flash Update on EM Investment Grade Corporate Bonds

🕔11:56, 3.Jun 2021

Key takeaways: Emerging market (EM) investment-grade corporate bonds appear particularly attractive in a world of very low but rising interest rates This is even more true for non-USD investors, which benefit currently from very low hedging costs As a result,

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China’s vast opportunity set – Best enjoyed undiluted

China’s vast opportunity set – Best enjoyed undiluted

🕔09:13, 3.Jun 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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Podcast: The sun still rises in the East

Podcast: The sun still rises in the East

🕔13:22, 2.Jun 2021

Assessing opportunities and risks in mainland China: Key takeaways: In a post pandemic world, China offers unique growth prospects China’s share of global asset allocations has increased and the trend is only starting In sharp contrast to many developed markets,

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World Environment Day 2021 – Putting ecosystem restoration on a pedestal

World Environment Day 2021 – Putting ecosystem restoration on a pedestal

🕔10:09, 2.Jun 2021

Reimagine. Recreate. Restore. Together, these form the theme of World Environment Day 2021 on 5 June, a day when the UN seeks to focus the attention of investors, businesses, governments and communities on the increasingly urgent need to restore the

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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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Is kwantitatieve versoepeling het nieuwe redmiddel geworden van de opkomende markten?

Is kwantitatieve versoepeling het nieuwe redmiddel geworden van de opkomende markten?

🕔16:28, 1.Jun 2021

De opkomende markten zijn vorig jaar, in volle Covid19-crisis, kwantitatieve versoepeling beginnen te verkennen. Betekent dit dat kwantitatieve versoepeling nu deel uitmaakt van de monetaire instrumenten? Wat zijn de voordelen en risico's? In het licht van de huidige economische crisis

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Podcast: Biodiversity – Why nature loss matters

Podcast: Biodiversity – Why nature loss matters

🕔14:07, 1.Jun 2021

Climate change and pollution are among the factors reducing biodiversity. The result is considerable damage to society and the economy. Robert-Alexandre Poujade, ESG analyst at our Sustainability Centre, warns not to underestimate the consequences of biodiversity loss and underscores the role

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Why should investors strategically allocate to high-yield CDS indices?

Why should investors strategically allocate to high-yield CDS indices?

🕔16:15, 31.May 2021

Investors can choose between two different types of instruments when investing in the corporate high-yield market: traditional high-yield bonds and high-yield CDS indices. In this white paper, we shall look at the performances of the global high-yield bond market since

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Plant-Based Food and Alternative Proteins

Plant-Based Food and Alternative Proteins

🕔11:56, 31.May 2021

Evolving consumer tastes. In the USA and Europe, a growing number of people are cutting their meat intake or giving it up altogether. As a result, in addition to vegans and vegetarians, there are an increasing numbers of flexitarians –

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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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The inherent risks of crypto currencies – When bitcoin meets China’s CBDC

The inherent risks of crypto currencies – When bitcoin meets China’s CBDC

🕔12:12, 28.May 2021

Increasing regulatory control, due to central banks protecting their economic policy sovereignty and national governments seeking to control climate change, is an imminent risk for cryptocurrencies. In particular, China’s official digital currency is ‘anti-cryptos‘. Cryptocurrency anonymity, notably in the case

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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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Podcast: Inflation? Are you ready?

Podcast: Inflation? Are you ready?

🕔16:23, 27.May 2021

Inflation? The debate about inflation has been hotting up. During the earnings season, many companies flagged up the fact that they were experiencing higher supply costs. In April, the latest US CPI print – a measure of inflation in the

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US inflation blasts past expectations as economy reopens

US inflation blasts past expectations as economy reopens

🕔14:10, 27.May 2021

US core consumer prices jumped by 0.9% on the month in April. When combined with the big fall in prices 12 months ago dropping out of the annual calculation, year-on-year core consumer price index (CPI) inflation was pushed up to

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Lessons Learned: Repeat of Taper Tantrum Unlikely

Lessons Learned: Repeat of Taper Tantrum Unlikely

🕔12:04, 27.May 2021

The Fed may announce first asset tapering steps this summer. Should the health of the U.S. economy continue to improve at its current pace in the coming months, investors will have to prepare for a gradual normalization in Federal Reserve

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Inflation risks, regimes and implications for treasury markets

Inflation risks, regimes and implications for treasury markets

🕔12:55, 25.May 2021

On the tail of hard pandemic lockdowns that imposed the deepest economic contraction on record, the US economy is reopening amid a rapid COVID-19 vaccination roll-out and an avalanche of fiscal spending. So, investors are naturally now contemplating what kind

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Prospects Brighten for Global Dividend Stocks

Prospects Brighten for Global Dividend Stocks

🕔08:26, 25.May 2021

Post‑pandemic recovery will likely aid company earnings and dividends.  Equity dividend or income strategies had a particularly difficult time in 2020, thanks to the deep, if short‑lived, global recession triggered by the coronavirus pandemic. However, as economies begin to recover, growth

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Podcast: Risk-on to rock on in second half

Podcast: Risk-on to rock on in second half

🕔17:41, 24.May 2021

The economic recovery should broaden into a synchronised global upturn in the course of the second half of this year, favouring risky assets including commodities, equities generally and notably emerging market equities. An equity correction should be seen as a

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What’s Next for China’s Geopolitical Relations?

What’s Next for China’s Geopolitical Relations?

🕔08:39, 24.May 2021

Market participants have closely monitored China’s constantly evolving relationship with the United States. Tensions between the U.S. and China have been exacerbated by trade wars, sanctions, human rights violations, and threats of delisting of Chinese companies on U.S. exchanges. Despite

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Global corporate bonds Q&A with Damir Bettini: selectivity remains key

Global corporate bonds Q&A with Damir Bettini: selectivity remains key

🕔10:18, 23.May 2021

A year on from the height of the COVID-19 crisis, credit spreads have returned to their pre-pandemic tight levels. Does this present an asymmetric return profile for corporate bonds? The scope for further spread tightening is limited, in our view.

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Waarom reële rendementen echt belangrijk zijn

Waarom reële rendementen echt belangrijk zijn

🕔16:12, 21.May 2021

Obligatiebeleggers gebruiken verschillende indicatoren om hun portefeuille samen te stellen, maar het is het reële rendement dat hun onverdeelde aandacht verdient.  Het valt obligatiebeleggers te vergeven dat ze zich enigszins gedesoriënteerd voelen. Ervaringen uit het verleden betekenen niet veel wanneer

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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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US inflation – Higher for longer?

US inflation – Higher for longer?

🕔11:45, 21.May 2021

US inflation looks set to rise significantly heading into the summer. Contrary to the view that this will be a temporary increase, a number of forces could combine to create greater structural pressure pushing prices higher for longer. Markets are

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