Autopilot down, back to manual

The news-flow has turned more challenging, between the coronavirus crisis in China and concerning noises from the US administration on the trade relationship with the EU.

Iggo's insight - Be Responsible

The logic of responsible investing comes from its appeal “of doing the right thing”. If responsible investing reduces risks and contributes to better outcomes, then it is beneficial to individuals...

Multi-Asset Investments views – February 2020 – The market is climbing a wall of worry

We continue to overweight equities as positive developments (Central banks easing, Phase 1 Trade Deal signature, Brexit ) release some pressure and should allow global growth to navigate a soft...

January Investment Strategy - Reining in animal spirits

The world economy is breathing better but is not ready for a sprint.

Iggo's insight - Cautiously Optimistic

It’s been a very solid start to the year. The “risk” dial has been turned down and investors seem happy to be in the momentum trade. The Q4 earnings season is underway and the optimists will point...

The delicate art of ghostbusting

The ghosts in the machine: zombie firms, unable to cover their debt servicing costs with their current earnings, can significantly deplete potential growth.

Data privacy: Trust is hard earned, easily lost

Personal data is the arguably the commodity of the 21st century. Over the past two decades, the monetization of personal data has fueled the rapid growth of internet-based technology companies.

Bank of England signals January rate cut

• Five members of the Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee have expressed dovish caution recently, suggesting a near-term easing would be appropriate if economic conditions weaken.

US-China: A silver lining in a strained relationship

A sudden rise in tensions has cast a dark shadow over Sino-US relations. While the trade war has been the most eye-catching instance, increased “decoupling” has also occurred in areas of...

Iggo's insight - Growth better, returns maybe not.

Lower global interest rates and renewed central bank balance sheet growth helped deliver great returns across bonds and equities in 2019.

Macrocast - Previewing the Strategy Review

The global dataflow is not changing much, between still struggling manufacturing and resilient services. But at least the balance of risk has improved since the central banks’ latest stimulus. They...

Just Transition: Managing the social impact of a low-carbon transition

‘Just transition’ is the name given to an emerging concept taking into account the social impact on these workers and communities of transitioning to a low-carbon economy.

AXA IM appoints Global Chief Operating Officer

AXA Investment Managers (AXA IM) today announces the appointment of Godefroy de Colombe as Global Chief Operating Officer (GCOO) effective 16 January 2020.

A European Climate Emergency Fund

The European Commission estimates the transition to a “low CO2” economic model would entail an investment effort of around 1.5% of GDP annually until 2030. This calls for creating a new long-term...

ESG and intangibles: Driving value creation across companies

Demonstrating the value of robustly integrating environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors into investing is critical to the success and credibility of responsible investment.

Macrocast - New year, old issues

US elections: middle-class hunting is conducive to fiscal adventures.

How are established global financial institutions investing in technology?

Changing consumer behaviour has led to global financial institutions (GFIs) investing more in technology.

Financing brown to green: Guidelines for Transition Bonds

Financing the fight against climate change needs to shift up a gear and evolve. Since the introduction of green bonds, capital markets have made great strides in recent years to ensure that...

Multi-Asset Investments views – January 2020 – Our investment views for 2020

We continue to overweight equities as positive developments (Central banks easing, Trade war, Brexit) release some pressures and should allow global growth to navigate a soft landing in 2020

December Investment Strategy - It is getting (a bit) clearer

Good news on two major headwinds which defined 2019: trade war, and Brexit.