Thought Leadership

Market Views

We draw on the independent thinking of our investment professionals around the world to provide market analysis in a constantly changing, interconnected global environment. 

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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Thought Leadership

Read our latest thought pieces for insight into our critical thinking.

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.

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Smaller Companies: Big Opportunity?

Small Companies Big Oppertunities

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.

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China’s Local Equity Market: ‘…How and Where and When’

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Why should you care about Chinese onshore equities? How do you invest? Is investing in so-called ‘A-shares’ worth the risks?

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China's Bond Market 'What and Why and When'

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Thinking aloud

The latest financial news and opinion from Aberdeen Standard Investments. Find out our opinion on the economy and investment options with Thinking Aloud.