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

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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Global Outlook

Our leading publication providing first-hand insight into the issues that are currently driving markets.

 
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Economic Outlook

Monthly highlights and views from our Economic & Thematic Research team.

 
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Thought Leadership

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

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.

 
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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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Unique Possibilities in EMD

As emerging markets continue to develop and strengthen, the unique potential of opportunities in emerging-markets debt can benefit fixed income investors hungry for additional yield and diversification.

 
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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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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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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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Emerging-markets debt: Taking a blended approach

Emerging markets are poised for a gradual recovery, even as they deal with market volatility and headlines about the recent slowdown in global growth. Many of these markets continue to offer compelling growth relative to their developed world counterparts, which can translate into attractive investment opportunities for the long-term investor.

 
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Reasons why Emerging market debt whitepaper

This year has been a sweet spot for emerging-market debt, despite fears around Donald Trump’s protectionist rhetoric this time last year. The global backdrop has been conducive and we continue to witness further improvement in EM fundamentals.”

 
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