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Investment Themes 2018
Eight of our investment experts provide themes for the year ahead, on topics ranging from the rapid advances in technology to the implications of political risk.
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Long-term Investment Outlook
This long-term investment outlook report sets out the economic and asset class views that inform our strategic asset allocation (SAA) work for clients. At its heart, it is a set of views on the risk premia that underlie investment returns.
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Impact Investing - Embracing the UN’s sustainable development goals in investment
Impact investing’ involves investing in companies and investment portfolios that have the intention of generating positive social and environmental impacts alongside financial returns. While environmental, social and governance (ESG) analysis has become a necessary tool for investment managers, screening for positive rather than negative impact remains a niche activity.Read More
Smaller Companies: Big Opportunity?
Smaller companies are too big a portion of the global investment universe to ignore. They offer a return premium for long-term investors. They bring diversification benefits through exposure to different risks. A large universe and fewer analysts combine to provide scope for active managers to outperform the index.Read More
China’s Local Equity Market: ‘…How and Where and When’
Why should you care about Chinese onshore equities? How do you invest? Is investing in so-called ‘A-shares’ worth the risks?Read More
China's Bond Market 'What and Why and When'
Which country has the third-largest bond market in the world after the U.S. and Japan? Few people would guess it is China. For many years this U.S.$12 trillion market was largely off-limits to foreign investors, which meant local-currency Chinese bonds were practically ignored by the major bond indices.Read More
Social Capitalism: Taking a Wider View of National Success
We introduce a new indicator of national progress for 135 countries that measures the extent to which they are persistently economically dynamic and making progress on meeting UN Sustainable Development Goals on environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues. We consider the implications for investors and policy makers.Read More
Emerging-markets debt: Taking a blended approach
Emerging markets are major contributors to global growth, and over the past few years emerging markets debt has gained even more traction as an asset class. Uncertainty in the developed world, whether due to political developments or the potential for rising interest rates, has encouraged investors to take a closer look at the many opportunities emerging economies have to offer.Read More
Outlook for traditional portfolios: Preparing for a new future
Investors in traditional stock-bond portfolios who may be concerned about future return and diversification potential should consider broadening their portfolios to include a wider range of investment opportunities.Read More
Seeds of change for U.S. farmland
As part of the collection of sub-asset classes loosely referred to as “real assets,” agriculture is a broad category that includes a myriad of sectors, including commodities, agribusiness opportunities, and farmland investments.Read More
Considering ESG for Emerging Market Sovereigns
A country’s creditworthiness is fundamentally dependent on its competitiveness and ability to sustain economic growth over the long term. To assess this, investors traditionally look at a range of macroeconomic variables, including public debt, inflation, fiscal deficits and current account balances. Along with political and governance factors, these are enablers of economic development and elements of the country’s willingness and ability to repay its debt.Read More
Bridging the Return Gap in Asset Allocation
Government bond yields are close to multi-decade lows. Respondents to the Asia Pacific Insurance Survey, representing an estimated 60% of the total Asia Pacific insurance market, hold more than half their assets in fixed income securities. These low yields mean insurance companies are struggling to generate sufficient returns on their investments to generate a profit on their guaranteed-return products. At the same time, regulatory changes are forcing insurance companies to recognize the risks created by this gap in returns. This is forcing insurers to rethink their asset allocation strategies.Read More
Labor Relations – Why do labor relations matter to investors?
We examine the issues involved in labor relations and the policies and practices required of companies in their treatment of employees. We discuss why labor issues are such a crucial consideration for investors, and what we should seek from those companies in which we invest.Read More
Doing the Right Thing and Making Money: ESG and the Corporate Bond Investor
ESG analysis is a fundamental tool for corporate bond investors. We define what it means to do ‘the right thing’, look at how portfolio managers can incorporate ESG analysis in their investment process, and consider how investors can do ‘the right thing’ and make money.Read More
Evaluating Multi-Asset Strategies
Fairly evaluating the performance of a multi-asset portfolio requires looking beyond simple correlation measures. In this paper, published in the Journal of Portfolio Management, Aberdeen Standard Investments Investment Director, Stuart Peskin, discusses the limitations of correlation and proposes a range of techniques to help us appraise the effectiveness of these strategies.Read More
Asia Pacific Insurance Survey
>The Asia Pacific insurance industry is being reshaped by twin forces: low interest rates and modernizing regulation. We surveyed investors responsible for $4 trillion of assets. We identify five themes that are driving a fundamental change in the way investment decisions are made.Read More
Infrastructure investing: Limitless opportunities over the long term
Infrastructure is the foundation of the global economy. However, basic resources such as drinking water, electricity, sanitation and transportation are still not accessible for a significant proportion of the world's population. Demand for the necessary investment in infrastructure continues to increase, giving investors the potential for a variety of opportunities.Read More
Look Sharp: Perceptions of risk in emerging markets
Given the rapid pace of economic development, investors can get left behind and miss valuable opportunities if they cling to their old prejudices and assumptions. One of the areas that investors should reevaluate is their perceptions of the differences between emerging and developed markets.Read More
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