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Getting ahead of COP26 and what it means for investors

Getting ahead of COP26 and what it means for investors

🕔09:09, 5.Oct 2021

This November sees the UK play host to COP26 – the 26th Conference of Parties – where global leaders from almost 200 nations will come together and discuss climate objectives and, more importantly, revisit the commitments made as part of

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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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Q2 2021 bank earnings have beaten market expectations

Q2 2021 bank earnings have beaten market expectations

🕔16:16, 9.Sep 2021

Flash Update: Q2 2021 proved to be another good quarter for banks, beating market expectations once again. These beats were generally driven by better revenues in capital market divisions, especially equity trading and M&A, whilst loan loss provisions continued to

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Identifying attractive cities for UK office investing

Identifying attractive cities for UK office investing

🕔11:04, 6.Sep 2021

Property investors are examining the emerging “new normal” as input into capital deployment plans for the months ahead. If history is a guide, the UK will capture a lion’s share of planned investment because its defining features remain extremely attractive

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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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DC pensions: UK and NL experiences

DC pensions: UK and NL experiences

🕔08:00, 20.Aug 2021

In recent years, both the United Kingdom and the Netherlands have introduced significant changes to the way defined contribution (DC) pensions can be accessed. This article examines the changes and reflects on how each country’s DC savers have responded. We

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UK growth prospects rely on the bounce and the silver lining

UK growth prospects rely on the bounce and the silver lining

🕔09:02, 30.Jul 2021

As recovery from the Covid-19 recession appears to be gaining traction, prospects for rebounding economic growth and employment across UK regions and cities is now worth contemplating. Initially, the recovery should revive activity and jobs in the sectors that were

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Pre-Issuance Impact Report on the UK Government Green Financing Programme

Pre-Issuance Impact Report on the UK Government Green Financing Programme

🕔09:10, 8.Jul 2021

The UK government green financing programme ('the programme') is a green gilt (bond) issuance programme, alongside a world-first green retail savings bond via NS&I – the UK government’s retail savings arm. In addition to the core purpose of financing sustainable

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Fixed Income Monthly – June 2021

Fixed Income Monthly – June 2021

🕔12:42, 22.Jun 2021

The rapid roll-out of vaccinations across the US and the UK, with Europe catching up, pushed developed market PMIs once again to record highs in May. Business activity and new orders have accelerated across both manufacturing and services sectors, business

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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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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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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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UK Budget: Next steps, not complete vision

UK Budget: Next steps, not complete vision

🕔16:10, 8.Mar 2021

Chancellor Rishi Sunak delivered only his second Budget, but the first after the full realisation of the impact of the pandemic on the UK economy. Amidst much speculation that he would tighten fiscal policy to address a large deficit, the Chancellor delivered a dynamic …

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Investors Bet on a Recovery

Investors Bet on a Recovery

🕔09:08, 18.Feb 2021

Markets continued to focus on hopes for a recovery rather than risks. The epidemic seems to be slowing in the United States and in United Kingdom. It appears to be under control in Europe.

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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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Less interest, in negative interest rates.

Less interest, in negative interest rates.

🕔07:43, 15.Feb 2021

Less interest, in negative interest rates.  Markets at a glance – 8 February 2021  It was a game of two halves for macro markets last week. Italy won in the end, with the UK coming last. For Italian bonds, spreads

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Columbia Threadneedle Investments – Webinar – Resurrection of a deplorable asset class!

🕔14:30, 9.Feb 2021

Webinar – Resurrection of a deplorable asset class! Join us on Tuesday, 9 February at 13:30 GMT / 14:30 CET as Richard Colwell (Head of UK Equities) and James Thorne present their views on the current market environment for UK Equities. Also joining will be Sonal Sagar who will look at

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The EU-UK trade deal leaves open questions

The EU-UK trade deal leaves open questions

🕔10:48, 3.Feb 2021

The EU-UK trade deal leaves open questions But the exclusion of some areas brings opportunity for reform.  The wait is finally over. Four‑and‑a‑half years after the Brexit referendum, the UK has exited the European Union’s single market and customs union,

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Welcome back Ms Yellen!

Welcome back Ms Yellen!

🕔15:48, 26.Jan 2021

Recent news about the COVID-19 pandemic has been worrying, with more contagious strains of the virus spreading internationally, rising contamination rates, and healthcare systems on the verge of being overwhelmed, particularly in the UK and the US.

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Aegon AM – Webinar – Wat brengt 2021?

🕔13:00, 20.Jan 2021

Webinar – Wat brengt 2021? 2020 gaat de boeken in als een jaar met vele extreme gebeurtenissen. Het virus zorgde voor een ongekende economische krimp, enorme steunpakketten en volatiele financiële markten. Wat staat ons te wachten in 2021? Kan de

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UK Defined Benefit Pension Schemes Should Prepare for Negative Interest Rates

UK Defined Benefit Pension Schemes Should Prepare for Negative Interest Rates

🕔13:22, 11.Jan 2021

UK Defined Benefit Pension Schemes Should Prepare for Negative Interest Rates T. Rowe Price Insights on Fixed Income Negative interest rates are likely coming to the UK, but you would not know that judging from the markets. Although rates are

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A thin and last-minute Brexit deal should give temporary relief to UK assets

A thin and last-minute Brexit deal should give temporary relief to UK assets

🕔10:13, 11.Jan 2021

As widely expected, the core of the deal is a zero-tariff/zero-quota free trade agreement for goods. This means that EU-UK trade will be much less affected than if the UK had ‘crashed out’ without a deal, to be governed solely

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UK Investors Should Prepare for Negative Interest Rates

UK Investors Should Prepare for Negative Interest Rates

🕔13:35, 8.Jan 2021

The role of gilts in portfolios could be impacted. Negative interest rates are likely coming to the UK, but you would not know that judging from the markets. Although rates are widely expected to fall, implied policy rates show that the

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The Sanitary Situation Deteriorates

The Sanitary Situation Deteriorates

🕔16:05, 6.Jan 2021

Market Flash Falling temperatures have exacerbated the global sanitary situation. In Europe, Germany and the UK reinforced restrictions. Cases have also started rising again in Asia, a worry for Japan and South Korea which had managed to control the first

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Fiscal Forward Guidance

Fiscal Forward Guidance

🕔11:12, 1.Dec 2020

We explore this week the possible “exit strategy” from the ongoing extraordinary fiscal and monetary stimulus. Drawing on Olivier Blanchard’ recent research, we argue that the current EU fiscal surveillance framework may … Key points The current EU fiscal surveillance

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Policy hurdles, political dilemmas

Policy hurdles, political dilemmas

🕔12:54, 16.Oct 2020

After some U-turns from the US President and although discussions are continuing, no deal has been found on a new fiscal stimulus package. The Fed has been very explicit on the necessity of a timely and comprehensive additional budgetary push

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UK equities: in need of a vaccine!

UK equities: in need of a vaccine!

🕔14:35, 9.Oct 2020

UK equities in a ‘doom-loop’ We have seen something of a recovery in global markets since the pandemic struck, but this is very much the first pulse1. This was always going to be significant, given the magnitude and speed of

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Gravity wins in the end

Gravity wins in the end

🕔09:30, 29.Sep 2020

Research & Strategy Insights  The sense of disappointment on the state of the recovery is particularly acute in Europe, where the traditional macro indicators, such as the PMIs or the forward-looking components of the national surveys, are already pointing to

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The return of the Brexit saga

The return of the Brexit saga

🕔07:43, 23.Sep 2020

Like a long-running TV series, the latest season of the Brexit saga brings new drama and tension. Like all good drama, there are twists and turns in the plot, unclear motivations of key characters, complexity and new set-piece showdowns. Last

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Weekly Market Recap

Weekly Market Recap

🕔11:24, 4.Aug 2020

Summary for the week ending on Friday, 30 July  Last week’s corporate earnings reports demonstrated that some major companies are benefiting from the pandemic’s impact on consumer patterns. This was on clear display Thursday evening, when Facebook, Amazon.com, Apple and

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Finding certainty in uncertain times

Finding certainty in uncertain times

🕔15:24, 17.Jul 2020

LCP pensions de-risking report: Buy-ins, buy-outs and longevity swaps 2019 was a remarkable year with buy-in and buy-out volumes in the UK hitting a record £43.8bn. This followed on the heels of 2018 which itself was an exceptional year reaching

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Bank dividend bans: Three market implications

Bank dividend bans: Three market implications

🕔15:03, 17.Jul 2020

Regulators in the UK and Europe have introduced a de-facto ban on bank dividends. The rationale for this is that banks provide a critical part of the monetary transmission mechanism. Regulators want to ensure that banks don’t compromise their ability

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Socially (Un) Acceptable

Socially (Un) Acceptable

🕔15:04, 14.Jul 2020

Global Matters Weekly  You tend not to hear too much from the city of Leicester here in the UK but it has played host to a number of historical events over the years and I’m proud to say I lived

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Brexit moving back onto the agenda

Brexit moving back onto the agenda

🕔15:09, 29.Jun 2020

Research Blast  It feels like a different era whereby every conversation around the UK commercial real estate market evolved around the topic of Brexit. Following the outbreak of COVID-19 in Europe, the issue was hardly mentioned. But as transactions in

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Weekly Market Recap

Weekly Market Recap

🕔07:53, 24.Jun 2020

Stocks had a poor start to last week, as concerns over the worsening of the pandemic in several states as well as a new outbreak in Beijing seemed to continue weighing on sentiment. The market then rebounded late Monday following

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Economic and Political Backdrop

Economic and Political Backdrop

🕔10:11, 26.May 2020

Weekly Market Recap Stocks started last week strong, helped by news of encouraging early test results for a possible coronavirus vaccine. Moderna Therapeutics announced that its …

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Economic and Political Backdrop

Economic and Political Backdrop

🕔16:48, 19.May 2020

Weekly Market Recap Stocks recorded their worst day of last week on Wednesday, with the S&P 500 touching its lowest level in three weeks. Many attributed the sell-off to a speech by Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell, in which he

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Big Figures Looking Smaller

Big Figures Looking Smaller

🕔13:13, 19.May 2020

The ECB has to deal with a nasty form of circularity: doubts on its capacity to break its self-imposed limits – further fueled by the recent decision of the German Constitutional Court – trigger bond offloading in some of  …

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Steering clear of losses

Steering clear of losses

🕔12:13, 19.May 2020

Global Matters Weekly Financial losses come in many shapes and forms and investors rightly spend a considerable amount of time worrying about them but managing loss aversion poorly can make the longterm outcome even worse. It is important to pick

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Keep Calm and Carry On

Keep Calm and Carry On

🕔08:04, 14.May 2020

Insights – Global Macro Trends Every crisis has its human element, and how everyone responds to the problem at hand is usually what is most remembered. In 1939, on the verge of World War II, for example, the British government

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A new age for UK equities

A new age for UK equities

🕔12:10, 24.Apr 2020

We are living in extraordinary times. Alex Wright, portfolio manager of the Fidelity Special Situations Fund and Fidelity Special Values PLC discusses his new view on the world, through his old contrarian lens. He explains some of the changes he

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UK, a coordinated policy response

UK, a coordinated policy response

🕔12:36, 12.Mar 2020

Bank of England cuts rates at emergency meeting… Amid increasing challenges to the UK growth outlook and financial market turmoil on the back of the global COVID-19 outbreak, early on 11 March the Bank of England (BoE) announced an emergency

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UK Retirement Landscape 2020

UK Retirement Landscape 2020

🕔11:45, 17.Feb 2020

Investment Insights  In brief The UK retirement industry is on course for meaningful changes in 2020. We observe the following forces as continuing to shape it: ■ Low bond yields and a lower-returning investment environment ■ The continued rise in

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Wat een verschil in een jaar tijd!

Wat een verschil in een jaar tijd!

🕔14:28, 13.Feb 2020

2020 is begonnen met de ondertekening van een gedeeltelijk handelsakkoord door de VS en China. Wat een verschil in een jaar tijd! De handelsoorlog die heel 2019 heeft gewoed, de aandelen uit de groeilanden naar beneden heeft getrokken en de

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Goodbye to the United Kingdom

Goodbye to the United Kingdom

🕔16:30, 3.Feb 2020

Chart of the Week Starting tomorrow, February 1, 2020, the United Kingdom (UK) will no longer be a member of the European Union (EU). More than 40 years after joining, majority of UK voters have decided that their countries' future

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Why add to (UK) equities?

Why add to (UK) equities?

🕔10:48, 31.Jan 2020

Asset Allocation update What a difference a year makes. After a bruising 2018, last year allowed investors to capture the second-best return on a blend of global equities and long-dated bonds in 30 years. For stocks it was also a year of

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A roadmap to navigate political tensions

A roadmap to navigate political tensions

🕔13:00, 20.Jan 2020

Key Messages 1. Lessons from the US-Iran conflict. Last week, Iran executed its announced retaliation, firing missiles against US military bases in Iraq. Oil prices jumped 5% and S&P 500 futures pointed to a 1.7% lower start to the day

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UK general elections

UK general elections

🕔09:47, 18.Dec 2019

Yesterday’s results imply Mr. Johnson will ‘get Brexit done’. However, his plan to get a trade agreement done by the end of 2020 is likely to hit some snags. Indeed, the hard work begins now, and even a bare-bones agreement

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Johnson wins UK General Election – Brexit and the cost of election promises

Johnson wins UK General Election – Brexit and the cost of election promises

🕔16:59, 17.Dec 2019

The Conservative Party under Boris Johnson secured a much bigger win in the election than polls had suggested. At the time of writing (1 seat outstanding), the Conservative looked on track to secure 365 seats and a majority of 80. This

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The people have spoken, so what next for UK markets?

The people have spoken, so what next for UK markets?

🕔14:48, 17.Dec 2019

The near-term impact of the election result has been positive for markets, but what are the longer-term implications for the UK as a destination of global capital? Fidelity Global Special Situations Fund Manager Jeremy Podger gives his view on the

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