Knowledge and insight
How diversification can help returns through all conditions
Ten-year gilt yields rose steadily in the first two months of 2018 to a high of more than 1.6% (figure 6).
Investment Insights Q2 2018
The threat of higher inflation and rising interest rates spooked global stock markets in February and pushed up government bond yields. We expect the trend of rising yields to persist and be a dominant investment theme over the coming year, with implications for equities.
Asian equities continue to offer opportunities for stock pickers
Emerging markets (EMs) threw a ‘taper tantrum’ in 2013 when the US Federal Reserve (Fed) mentioned the idea of gradually reducing its quantit
Investment Insights Q1 2018
Political uncertainty has dominated global events over the past couple of years. Surprise voting patterns have delivered Brexit and President Trump followed by an indecisive UK general election result. A minority government is now negotiating the terms of the divorce from the European Union (EU).
Investment Insights Q4 2017
Investors today are paying a relatively high price for domestically focused UK companies compared with their multinational peers, which seems counter-intuitive given Brexit uncertainty. For investors, this divergence is creating both opportunities and challenges, which are the focus of our lead article “Digging below the surface of UK indices".
Investment update, Q4 2017
The power of increments: small changes over a long time.
Europe- from problem child to investors' favourite?
Europe has long been seen as the unloved problem child of the developed markets, beset with fiscal problems, threatened with disintegration and unable to escape from chronic underperformance. Now it is the new favourite. But can Europe justify its new-found popularity and higher valuations?
Investment Insights Q3 2017
With all the major regions of the global economy growing in synch, investors are shrugging off political uncertainty. Equities have been buoyant, particularly in the US technology sector, where rising valuations are the focus of our lead article “Great tech-spectations”.
Optimism with vigilance - investment update
Indicators point to a peak in the pace of global expansion, but we still prefer equities to bonds.