Head of Institutional Asset Consulting, James Downie, writes this week’s commentary looking at how some market statistics can be misleading.
James Downie examines the challenges of long-term investing.
The latest TLA (three letter acronym) rolling off asset managers’ tongues at every conference is ESG. Every manager claims to espouse the principles of ESG in their fundamental research process and when pressed for a sound bite to quote their adoption of ESG, one is offered a suspiciously similar paragraph from each manager that one
Every time one opens the financial press, one is faced with the debate between “active” investing and “passive” investing and, particularly these days, how investor flows have been flooding out of active investing and into passive. Active investing is easy to define. It is the style of an investment manager to take active bets away
The current period of global market weirdness with next-to-zero interest rates, stubbornly low inflation, low-ish growth and asset price increases has been with us for nearly a decade since the Global Financial Crisis (GFC) which culminated in late 2008. Until very recently, bond yields persisted in their trends towards zero and, in some cases, beyond,
Geopolitical events worldwide made concentrating on the markets somewhat difficult during the last quarter. A snap election in June in the UK and the German election at the end of September provided the political bookends to the quarter, certainly as far as the Eurozone was concerned, and while President Trump’s sabre-rattling in the Middle East