Central banks globally have turned on the taps, keeping a lid on interest rates and bond yields. In this month’s video, Investment Specialist, Kirsty Clark discusses the recent round of QE from central banks as dark clouds loom over the global economy.
After last month’s flight to safety, global… Watch the video
On 14 September 2019, Saudi Arabia suffered a drone attack targeting the Abqaiq crude oil processing facility and the nearby Khurais oil field. Described as ‘the heart of Saudi production’, Abqaiq processes c.7 million barrels per day (bpd), roughly 70% of current Saudi output, while Khurais produces around 1.5 million… Read the article
Gold has been trending upwards since the fourth quarter sell-off and is now at its highest level since 2013. In this month’s video, Investment Director, Ritu Vohora looks at the driving forces behind investors’ renewed interest in the yellow metal.
August saw the return of risk aversion, as President Trump… Read the article
After half a century of post-war global trade integration, where we witnessed an increase in the total trade of goods and services from 39% of global GDP in 1990 to 61% in 2008, rising populism and protectionist policies have led… Read the article
On 18 June 2019, Facebook launched project Libra alongside 27 partners including e-commerce marketplace eBay, media services provider Spotify, transport network companies Uber and Lyft, and payment companies such as Mastercard, PayPal and Visa. According to the recent white paper from Libra Association members, Libra is designed to be a… Read the article
The Fed delivered its much anticipated interest rate cut at the end of July. In this month’s video, Investment Director, Ritu Vohora looks at the implications for the US dollar. Could the US Treasury resort to direct FX intervention, if Fed cuts alone do not suppress dollar… Read the article
Geopolitical risks appear to be a recurring theme impacting global markets and can have a significant influence on the short and medium term direction of asset prices. ‘Political risk’ and ‘geopolitical risk’ are terms often used interchangeably, but for analytical purposes, it can be useful to distinguish between the two.… Read the article
While bonds appear to be signalling an economic slowdown, equities are suggesting growth will continue. In this month’s video Investment Director, Ritu Vohora looks at the conundrum facing investors, with mixed messages emanating from bond and stock markets.
The first half of 2019 has ended with the strongest and broadest… Read the article
The last week of June saw the conclusion of an eight month boardroom battle at LIXIL, one of Japan’s largest building material and equipment businesses. The outcome – the return of ousted former chief executive Kinya Seto, who had been successfully restructuring the business – is a welcome… Read the article
The changing face of investing: a brief history
The investment industry has gone through a myriad of changes since the turn of the 20th century, fuelled by innovation, technology, regulatory changes and evolving investor preferences. Over the past five decades, we’ve witnessed a sizeable uptick in the pace of this… Read the article
In this month’s video, Investment Director, Ritu Vohora looks at the escalating trade war between the US and China, with tensions reducing risk appetite and intensifying fears of a global economic slowdown.
‘Sell in May and go away’, proved an apt saying, as global equities came under fresh pressure with… Read the article
21 year old Kylie Jenner is the world’s youngest self-made billionaire. The company she started over three years ago, selling $29 lipstick kits, recorded $420m sales in its first 18 months. For context, Tom Ford Beauty was said to have taken a decade to achieve a comparable figure.
Similarly, Rihanna’s… Read the article
Deteriorating sentiment hits US health insurers
Shares in US managed care companies have taken a beating recently with concerns over potential US healthcare reforms weighing on sentiment. While the S&P 500 Index has recovered from its 2018 lows, and is up around 15% year-to-date, the US managed healthcare sector is… Read the article
In this month’s video, Investment Specialist, Kirsty Clark looks at the prospects for the euro area in 2019 as the region embarks on its most accommodative fiscal policy of the last decade.
Equity markets continued to trend higher in April, supported by economic data surprises and a slowdown in the… Read the article
As the Heisei era comes to an end, the era of Reiwa will soon start in an unusual fashion. Japan will be steeped in a mood of jubilation for its new emperor, rather than mourning for the passing of the old. Perhaps this is another sign that Japan is entering… Read the article
- Following two years of debate against Tech giants, Mark Zuckerberg wrote an article asking for regulation
- Digital platforms had distanced themselves from content editing to ensure immunity granted by a law from 1990s. That law is out of date today and we need new rules. However, setting them is not straight… Read the article
In this month’s video, Investment Director, Ritu Vohora looks at the recent ‘buyback wave’ fuelled by corporate tax cuts. Do share buybacks only benefit company executives or do they also create long-term value for shareholders?
Equity markets extended their year-to-date rally in March, making Q1 2019 the second strongest quarter… Read the article
This March marks the 10-year anniversary of the longest bull market in history that has been ploughing on in the US since early March 2009. The S&P 500 Index has delivered a staggering 400% in total returns over the decade. In addition, the US economic cycle is the second longest… Read the article
While responsible investment is hardly a new concept, there is a fair degree of confusion around some of the more recently introduced terminology – namely what is meant by ‘ESG’ (environmental, social and governance) and how this fits into the spectrum of traditional ‘ethical’ investing, ‘sustainable’ investing and ‘impact’ investing.… Read the article
In this month’s video Investment Director Ritu Vohora, offers some key takeaways following the latest round of quarterly earnings announcements. Results were better than feared, with actual reported earnings surprising positively, particularly in the US. The economic backdrop remains supportive but earnings growth looks set to moderate in 2019, so selectivity… Read the article
In this month’s video, Investment Director, Ritu Vohora, looks at the Fed’s dramatic shift to a more dovish stance, with an emphasis on patience. The Fed’s pause was welcomed by investors in January and is positive for risk assets. But risks remain and we are likely to see continued volatility… Read the article
In this month’s video, Investment Director, Ritu Vohora looks at the evolution of the FTSE 100 over the past 35 years and whether UK equities are a buying opportunity
As 2019 begins, it inherits a long list of risks and uncertainty from a tumultuous 2018, that ended on a painful… Watch the video
The perceived opposing investment styles of value, income and growth is a perplexing concept. To me, it conjures up imagery of investors huddled into the extreme corners of an equilateral triangle.
A lone voice pipes up: … “I’m a ‘quality’ investor. In which corner do I… Read the article
In this month’s video, Investment Director, Ritu Vohora reflects on the return of volatility in 2018 and what it means for equities as we look ahead to the new year.
Despite a modest equity rebound in November, as we draw to the close of 2018, it’s on track to be… Read the article
In this month’s video, Investment Director, Ritu Vohora looks at October’s frightful market sell-off and the return of bearish sentiment. Is this a healthy shake-out or the start of a more prolonged downturn?
Spooky October lived up to its frightful reputation, proving to be a turbulent month for equities, with the… Read the article
As Americans head to the polls today, all eyes will be on the US midterms. Consensus has Democrats taking the House and Republicans keeping the Senate, but elections in recent years have been notable for springing surprises, both in the US and elsewhere. Next week’s results may provide their own… Read the article
It seems you can’t open a newspaper without reading another negative headline about China. Most ‘western’ financial journalists love to write about trade wars, currency manipulation, shadow banking and mounting debt, the narrative being that China has a myriad of problems, the scale and potential ramifications of which are huge.… Read the article
In this month’s video, Investment Director, Ritu Vohora looks at the sharp divergence in equity markets. Are we at an inflection point?
Global equity markets sit at an important juncture. They have diverged sharply this year, with the US roaring to new highs, while most non-US equity markets have faltered… Watch the video
It’s no surprise that in an ever evolving and complex world where people are constantly overloaded with new information, our natural human tendency is to search for simplicity. We’ve seen this evolve in the investment world as much as anywhere else with many investors now having a single focus when… Read the article
Responsible investment by the bay
Taking place in a different location each year, the PRI in Person conference brings together signatories of the United Nations Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) and other investment professionals to discuss all of the pressing issues that responsible investors are facing.
I attended this year’s… Read the article
“Karma is like a rubber-band: it can only stretch so far before it comes back and smacks you in the face.” – Unknown
As US equities continue their record breaking bull run, market participants have understandably started to question how much longer this will continue for and whether we’re entering… Read the article
Gold posted its fifth straight monthly drop and has fallen almost 8% YTD despite escalating trade tensions and geopolitical risks. In this month’s update, Ritu Vohora, Investment Director looks at why the precious metal seems to have lost its lustre and safe haven status.… Watch the video
Come September, the biggest change to the sector structure in the Global Industry Classification Standard (GICS) history will take place, with more than 8% of the S&P 500 index market cap being re-classified into the new Communication Services sector. Under the changes, the existing Telecommunication Services sector will be combined… Read the article
I’m often asked what I think poses the greatest threat to the current US bull market. Rising rates? Inflation? Regulation of the FAANGs? Whilst these all pose potential risks to the earnings power of the market, the issue that currently concerns me most is tariffs – and the prospect that… Read the article
Earnings disappointments from the likes of Facebook has sparked concerns whether the stupendous growth of tech stocks can continue. After a decade wins, are the FAANGs losing their bite? In this month’s update, Ritu Vohora, Investment Director looks at whether this could be a return for… Watch the video
With World Cup fever captivating the globe and the tournament providing lots of surprises, Investment Director, Ritu Vohora, looks at the importance of having a strong offence and defence strategy when thinking about sector… Watch the video
Last month (June 2018), the Japanese Financial Services Agency rolled out the first revision to its Corporate Governance Code. The improvement in corporate governance in Japan has played a big part in the Abenomics Japanese equities recovery story. This much-anticipated revision will provide further impetus for Japan Inc to behave… Read the article
In this month’s update Ritu Vohora, Investment Director, explores the impact of rising US yields and a resurgent dollar on emerging markets. Is this a déjà vu of 2013’s ‘Taper… Watch the video
In this month’s update Ritu Vohora, Investment Director, reflects on the Q1 earnings season. It’s been exceptional so far, at least compared to expectations. Are we at ‘peak… Watch the video
Are today’s technology titans exploiting their market position without any attention to broader stakeholder welfare? Essentially, this is the implicit question being discussed in most media today.
Given the recent news flow, it certainly feels like technology has had a rough start to the year. In the past few weeks,… Read the article
This Saturday (April 14th) sees the 175th running of the Grand National, the most famous jump race in the world. With thrills and spills throughout its 4-mile, 4-furlong length, the Grand National is something of a national institution. Nearly 10 million people up and down the country are expected to… Read the article
In this month’s update Ritu Vohora, Investment Director, looks at the threat of trade protectionism on global… Watch the video
Stories in the media about fake news, Russian trolls, secretive organisations like Cambridge Analytica improperly using personal data to influence political elections – it all sounds like something out of an episode of House of Cards.
Despite Mark Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg’s claims that Facebook will do better in the… Read the article
Since the start of 2016, the US stock market has rallied the best part of 35%, with the bulk of that coming since the election of Donald Trump. The corollary of this is that one of the most common questions we field from clients relates to American valuations and whether… Read the article
Today (March 22nd) is World Water Day which aims to focus attention on the importance of water not only in our daily lives, but also for the sustainable development of the global economy. With the world’s population continuing to rise hand in hand with urbanisation, global water demand… Read the article
In this month’s update Ritu Vohora, Investment Director, examines the implications of February’s spike in market volatility. The bull market is likely still intact, but we are entering choppier… Watch the video
China was one of the best performing emerging markets last year as the stockmarket soared. This result probably surprised many investors who are more familiar with gloomy warnings about the country’s slowing economy, overheating property market and rising debt levels.
The rally arguably reflected growing confidence about the… Read the article
The abrupt reversal of equity markets in the last few weeks has sent shivers down investors’ spines, particularly as momentum was the dominant factor behind the rally that preceded it. Time to panic? On the contrary, history shows that buying into short-term weakness has been a fruitful strategy for long-term… Read the article
In this month’s update Ritu Vohora, Investment Director, looks at the implications for US tax reform on equities. How much is priced in already and will the new fiscal stimulus provide a boost to US… Watch the video
In this month’s update Ritu Vohora, Investment Director, looks at what effect macroeconomic events this year could have on… Watch the video
When I sat down to write my review of 2016 I had to admit that it had been a tough year for smaller company fund managers as the sector’s median fund had underperformed the Numis Smaller Companies Index (NSCI) by 2.7%.
With a month to go in 2017, the median… Read the article
In this month’s update Ritu Vohora, Investment Director, looks at what has driven the ‘most hated bull market in history’ and asks how much further it has to… Read the article
Guest contributor: Jenny Rodgers, Investment Manager, M&G Multi Asset team
The stockmarket in the UK hit a new all-time high in early November, but it would be hard to describe the recent UK financial and business press headlines in recent months as unambiguously good news. What’s going on?
Mixed signals… Read the article
For the first few years after the 2008 financial crisis, I often only had one slide with me at presentations and this was it:
The chart shows the trend line since 1849 of the US stockmarket (the unbroken diagonal line above) increasing by 6.2% per annum (after inflation).… Read the article
In this month’s update Ritu Vohora, Investment Director, asks whether the environment is now more favourable for active… Read the article
The reflation trade has regained traction in recent weeks with global bond yields rising and renewed discussions in the US on tax and regulatory reform, promising a fiscal boost. Added to the mix has been rhetoric from central banks around the world on tighter monetary policy. Improving economic data and… Read the article
In this month’s update Siobhan Pandya, Head of Equity Markets Content reviews recent trends in UK small… Read the article
This year has not quite followed the script: investors were expecting improving economic growth and rising inflation to be accompanied by steeper yield curves, with the more defensive/quality stocks and so-called ‘bond proxies’ coming under pressure as bond yields rose. The strong rebound in value in H2 2016 was heralded… Read the article
There is no denying that the recent cryptocurrency boom resembles the one we saw among dotcom companies in the late 1990s. Celebrities then were taking equity stakes in start-ups in exchange for promoting them, and we are seeing a similar trend today.
In the late 1990s, over… Read the article
Earlier this year, data from the UK’s Continuous Mortality Investigation Mortality Projections Committee showed that life expectancy improvements have slowed dramatically. Initially thought to be a blip in the data, there is increasing evidence, both in the UK and in other developed countries, that this is a structural change in… Read the article
Last October, my colleague Tom Dobell wrote about the absurdity of how companies are forced to treat their long-term pension liabilities.
After another couple of reporting periods characterised by falling discount rates, I wanted to lay out in a slightly more mathematical fashion why I think Tom… Read the article
In this month’s update Ritu Vohora, Investment Director looks at what is driving the momentum in… Watch the video
Like the ghost in Charles Dickens’s “A Christmas Carol,” recent price action in Japanese equity markets has been an unwelcome echo of the past. Outperformance of stocks with more stable earnings streams has resembled the market dynamics that provided a headwind to value investors in the decade after the financial… Read the article
Is the era of cheap money coming to an end? In this month’s update Ritu Vohora, Investment Director, reviews central banks increasingly hawkish… Watch the video
Scary stats abound around the ageing population and many column inches have been dedicated to the burden this will place on the health service and the pension system. But older workers could prove to be the saviour of the workforce.
Andy Briggs, the government’s business champion for older workers, said… Read the article
Are political surprises and uncertainty now the new normal? It could appear that way after yesterday’s general election resulted in a hung parliament after the ‘dead cert’ Conservative majority predicted just seven weeks ago. The Conservatives have emerged as the largest party and are seeking to form a minority government… Read the article
Global Q1 2017 earnings delivery was the best quarter in over six years. In this month’s update Ritu Vohora, Investment Director, reviews the earnings outlook for the rest of the… Read the article
As expected, and as promised during his campaign, US president Donald Trump yesterday announced that the US will withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord, the 2015 agreement setting greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction targets for individual countries. One of the major achievements of the agreement was the near universality of… Read the article
As the General Election approaches, politicians on all sides will no doubt claim to be the best custodians of the UK economy. Brexit might be front of mind for many voters, but economic competence has always been a key vote winner – and loser. So for investors, what can history… Read the article
The election of Moon Jae-in as Korea’s new president is, we think, good news for shareholders in Korean companies, as we expect President Moon to drive further improvements in corporate governance standards leading to better returns for shareholders and ultimately higher share prices.
For… Read the article
The active-versus-passive debate is once again back in the limelight with the news this week of low-cost passive provider Vanguard’s launch of new website for personal investors. This simply adds fuel to the flames: figures from EPFR suggest that in the past 12 months, passive equity funds have… Read the article
For centuries, the parable of “The Blind Men and the Elephant”* has been used to illustrate how overemphasising a specific part of a complex situation can lead to the wrong conclusion, even if that part is indeed both real and important.
The same is true in the world… Read the article
M&A activity has begun 2017 on a positive note after falling in 2016. In this month’s update Ritu Vohora, Investment Director, considers whether the current level of activity is… Read the article
The UK stockmarket as a whole has performed very well over the last twelve months, despite the obvious disruption from the Brexit vote last June. A glance at the various indices shows that investors have paid particular attention to smaller companies – indeed it seems that the mantra has been… Read the article
Markets have reacted positively to Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen going forward to the second round of the French presidential election on 7 May. Polls on the second round now show establishment figure, Macron, ahead of Le Pen by more than 10 percentage points. There’s an overwhelming likelihood of… Read the article
Stock exchanges have been at the forefront in the news recently not least following the recent failure of the proposed merger between the London Stock Exchange and Germany’s Deutsche Bourse. As in other areas of finance there is increasing focus on the need for greater transparency for investors… Read the article
Politics is important, but no-one knows what the outcome of the Brexit negotiations will be. In this month’s update Ritu Vohora, Investment Director, looks at what the facts are currently telling us about the UK economy and… Read the article
Fund managers naturally consider a range of environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues in their investment decisions – much like they have always taken non-financial factors such as corporate culture, geopolitics and regulation into account when considering investments. So ESG is not a new concept… but in recent years it… Read the article
What do Google and Facebook have in common with the recently listed Snap? Lofty valuations? Check. Internet companies? Of course. But perhaps less well known is their apparent apathy towards minority shareholders. Snap has the dubious honour of being the first ever US company to IPO shares that… Read the article
Global equities continued to rally in February driven by an improvement in both economic data and earnings expectations. In this month’s update, Ritu Vohora, Investment Director, looks at the prospect for earnings growth in… Watch the video
While 8 November 2016 will be mostly remembered for the surprise election of Donald Trump as US president, another momentous event was taking place in India at the same time. Narenda Modi, the country’s prime minister, announced the withdrawal of every Rs500 ($7.5) and Rs1000 ($15) banknote nationwide… Read the article
You’d have got good odds on a horse positively influencing South Korean corporate governance, something that now appears increasingly likely.
You may have read about the scandal under which a number of South Korea’s family-dominated conglomerates (‘chaebols’) are alleged to have made material contributions to Choi Soon-sil, a close friend… Read the article
Global equities started 2017 in a buoyant mood and in this month’s update, Ritu Vohora Investment Director, looks at sustainability of the equities rally. Is this just the result of the so-called ‘Trump boost’ or do the fundamentals suggest a different… Watch the video
When I blogged on this topic in February last year, I sounded a note of caution that 2016 was unlikely to be plain sailing for income investors. In the event, despite an uncertain start, income-seeking investors experienced another good year. Companies paid out £84.8 billion in ordinary dividends,… Read the article
A few months ago my colleague, Sam Ford, explored the magic of compounding in his excellent blog: The Greatest Shortcoming of the Human Race. In this post, I’d like to flip his ‘Power of Compounding’ on its head and explore ‘The Dangers of Discounting’.
The most conventional approach… Read the article
Stock correlations are now at their lowest level since the GFC in 2008, prompting a seismic change in the investor landscape and a more favourable, less constrained market backdrop for stock pickers. Until last year, there were long periods of high correlation – challenging for both active managers and anyone… Read the article
In the aftermath of the Brexit vote, UK interest rates and bond yields fell to their lowest levels since records began in 1694! This was mirrored by global yields and appeared to trigger a sea-change in monetary policy guidance and inflation expectations. Is this the end of the 35-year ‘bond… Read the article
Whether it’s Brexit, Trump, OPEC or the celebrity death-toll, it feels like we have lurched from one drama to the next in 2016. Stock markets have taken all this excitement and chosen to run with it – the FTSE 100, for example, looks set to end the year close to… Read the article
Amid all the hysteria about the potential headwinds that the election of Donald Trump as US president will create for emerging markets, I remain resolutely optimistic about their prospects. Up to the election on 8 November, emerging markets had undergone a remarkable recovery from a low point in January –… Read the article
Thanks to all of you who took part in the Equities Forum ‘Twelve Charts of Christmas’ Quiz.
The top prize for correctly guessing what all twelve charts showed goes to Sam Corbet of Ravenscroft, Guernsey. A Cross Bailey Black Lacquer Fountain Pen will soon be on its way to you.… Read the article
We are publishing three charts from 2016 every day from Monday to Thursday this week with the legends and other key information missing. Each chart comes with a clue to help you identify what is being shown.
The closing date for entries is midday on Friday 16th December.
Please email… Read the article
Here is day 3 of the Equities Forum’s first ‘Twelve Charts of Christmas’ Quiz.
We are publishing three charts from 2016 every day from Monday to Thursday this week with the legends and other key information missing. Each chart comes with a clue to help you identify what is being… Read the article
Here is day 2 of the Equities Forum’s first ‘Twelve Charts of Christmas’ Quiz.
We are publishing three charts from 2016 every day from Monday to Thursday this week with the legends and other key information missing. Each chart comes with a clue to help you identify what is being… Read the article
Here is the Equities Forum’s first ‘Twelve Charts of Christmas’ Quiz. We’ll be publishing three charts from 2016 each day between now and Thursday with the legends and other key information missing. Each chart comes with a clue or a multiple choice answer to help you identify what is being… Read the article
Yesterday’s announcement by OPEC (The Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries) on cutting oil supply marks a significant change in strategy and effectively provides a back-stop for the oil & gas industry. OPEC said that it will reduce oil supply by 1.2 million barrels per day (mb/d) with a… Read the article
After a number of false starts, could it be that the much heralded ‘great rotation’ from bonds to equities has finally arrived? Trump’s victory in the US presidential election has accelerated a trend that began in July soon after the Brexit vote in the UK, with bond yields rising, the… Read the article
In yesterday’s blog, I discussed that while the Bitcoin currency system may not see widespread adoption, it gave us a unique piece of technology that would – Blockchain. At its heart, the Blockchain technology eliminates the need of a third party for verifying transactions. This is accomplished through… Read the article
There’s been a lot of attention on bitcoins and blockchains recently, in particular the latter which is being heralded as a major disrupter in financial services. In a two part series this week, I will attempt to explain and demystify the concepts of bitcoins and blockchains and look at the… Read the article
As OPEC (Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries) meets on 30 November to decide on production cuts, much uncertainty remains regarding OPEC’s collective appetite to reduce production, how the reduction will be apportioned and the likely timing of the mooted cuts.
We should not take OPEC’s actions lightly though as the… Read the article
Urban sprawl chokes cities. That was a key takeaway for me from a responsible investment conference I attended earlier this year. If we want to help reduce carbon emissions we need the cities we build today to be compact, connected and co-ordinated. The greater the area of a city the… Read the article
Don’t let the initial market enthusiasm to Trump’s victory in the US Presidential election detract from the longer-term themes investors in the healthcare sector need to consider and the limited visibility we have over how the Republicans will approach US healthcare policy.
The reaction in healthcare to the outcome of… Read the article
With Republican candidate Donald Trump winning the race to the White House, populist sentiment and anti-establishment feelings are making their presence felt at the ballot box.
Investment Director, Ritu Vohora provides an update on the market’s reaction to the US election… Watch the video
Low-volatility strategies are supposed to insulate investors from market bouts of turbulence. But lately, that’s been flipped on its head, as the strategies have underperformed and fund flows are retreating.
In the latest in our regular video series on the equities markets, Investment Director, Ritu Vohora provides an update on… Watch the video
Guest contributor – Jean-Paul Jaegers, CFA, CQF (Senior Investment Strategist, Prudential Portfolio Management Group)
… however, what is often less debated is the impact that time can have on these variables.
This is relevant as investors’ holding periods have generally shortened and as a result the variables that influence the… Read the article
Most investors are aware that the post-referendum UK equity market rally has not treated all stocks or sectors equally. Since 23 June, for example, the mining sector is up (+38.6%) to date, while retail stocks are down (-8.4%).
In the small-cap space, much of the recent focus post-Brexit has been… Read the article
Many investors are rightfully sceptical of executive share-based compensation, particularly in the US. But the debate is typically around the adjustments made to companies’ declared earnings or the very large payments that can result, rather than a view of the absolute level of dilution and how this should change over… Read the article
The thought of a ‘Brexit’ conjures up images of a drawn out, messy divorce for most – a painful process, with a net negative result. However, I believe that there are reasons to be hopeful. I think a positive analogy can be drawn between the spin-off of a company from… Read the article
As the presidential race enters the final lap, rhetoric around political drug pricing remains high and the pharmaceutical and biotech sectors are lagging the broader market year-to-date. However, in my opinion, US political drug pricing fears are overstated and investors should be more concerned about commercial drug price and market… Read the article
Pensions are long-term obligations. Falling interest rates have affected both the way that companies calculate the size of these liabilities, but also the assumed growth rates of the assets that they hold in order to pay those pensions.
What is quite extraordinary in my view is that QE, which now… Read the article
European markets are facing a number of challenges, not least in the region’s banking sector as recent events highlighted. However, European equities are attractively valued and there are signs of an improving economic backdrop.
In the latest in our regular video series on the equities markets, Investment Director, Ritu Vohora… Watch the video
Why did L’Oreal spend nearly €7.4bn on advertising and promotional activity in 2015? Why does the market value L’Oreal shares at a 70% premium to the Stoxx 600? Because conventional knowledge suggests a strong brand will allow a business to attract more consumers, retain their business and generate higher gross… Read the article
China’s transformation over recent decades has generated some great investment opportunities. But the challenge for investors has always been how to reach them. For many years, overseas investors have been restricted to a limited selection of Chinese companies. That’s now changing. As part of the Chinese government’s drive to raise… Read the article
In my last blog I highlighted that a big effect of the pound’s weakness post Brexit is to make those UK-listed companies that may have previously appeared attractive to overseas buyers, look even better value. Whilst sterling has recovered a little from its post-Brexit lows, it is still… Read the article
If you’re a sports fan, I would imagine the last six odd weeks of coverage from both Olympic games has had you frothing at the mouth, monopolising the telly and shouting down any dissenting channel opinions. Seizure of the remote control is key to the success of this strategy!
In… Read the article
As investors scour the globe for yield, one consequence of the low return environment is that companies making the highest payouts to shareholders are being rewarded by the market with higher valuations. This is the opposite of previous equity bull markets where it was companies investing for growth that reaped… Read the article
In the US, the clock is ticking down to November’s presidential election . . . the shock Brexit result in the UK demonstrated how voters can catch the markets unaware.
In the latest of our regular video series on the equities markets, Investment Director, Ritu Vohora provides an update… Watch the video
The growing disequilibrium between what bonds are implying through near-zero long-run interest rates and what equities are pricing in my view requires significant thought and attention, particularly for people saving for their pensions. I recently came across the letters of a prominent pension fund manager of the 50s and 60s,… Read the article
Having grown up in Kenya and spent lots of time in the African savannah, I have always been fascinated by herd behaviour. The annual wildebeest migration sees over two million animals migrate to find greener pastures. In their quest they may be hunted, stalked and run down by larger carnivores.… Read the article
Exchange traded funds (ETFs) are rapidly becoming the ‘must-have’ component of an investor’s portfolio. At the end of June, assets in ETFs hit a record high of $3.2 trillion globally according to data from research consultancy ETFGI and demand shows no signs of abating. Popular with both institutional and retail… Read the article