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November 18, 2020

The future looks even more uncertain than usual. Normally uncertainty translates into lower asset prices. But not this time. And with the prices of all assets buoyed by abundant liquidity, we fear a traditional ‘diversified’ portfolio is not going to be much protection in the next market convulsion.

The future looks even more uncertain than usual. Normally uncertainty translates into lower asset prices. But not this time. And with the prices of all assets buoyed by abundant liquidity, we fear a traditional ‘diversified’ portfolio is not going to be much protection in the next market convulsion.

In particular, we believe that conventional bonds will provide neither acceptable returns in good times, nor much protection in a downturn.

November 9, 2020

The Covid-19 crisis obviously caught us off guard by the speed with which it spread and the force of the virus. We had to deal with it by adapting to a new environment and new ways of working. Countries in Europe are now learning to live with the virus, and its impact is not behind us by any means, and the coming months could be crucial for our industry.

Covid-19 has created challenges for performance and fundraising in the short term, but the longer-term prospects are strong and the capital shift to alternatives will continue, says Amundi Asset Management.

October 13, 2020

The volatility throughout this global pandemic has served as a blunt reminder of the vulnerability of our financial system to global shocks. Having spent 35 years in the private equity space, I have witnessed numerous economic cycles, but this downturn appears to be unique.

The volatility throughout this global pandemic has served as a blunt reminder of the vulnerability of our financial system to global shocks. Having spent 35 years in the private equity space, I have witnessed numerous economic cycles, but this downturn appears to be unique.

As we move further along the dreaded “second wave”, the main issue paralysing the finance sector is uncertainty. Concern over when consumer and investor confidence will return is widespread—and unfortunately, there is no immediate end in sight.

October 8, 2020

Whatever one’s outlook, there have been times in 2020 when the markets seemed to echo one’s innermost thoughts, and times when we shout out like Falstaff, that the whole world has gone mad. The bulls and the bears have had their time in the sun, and their time on the dark face of the moon—what follows is a digested diary of our journey through the year 2020 so far.

September 30, 2020

Traditional finance theory tells us that markets are rational. Investors incorporate all public and private information when making their investment decisions. This school of thought is grappling with the field of behavioural finance, which asserts that human psychology and biases also act in an irrational way to influence these same investment decisions.

Traditional finance theory tells us that markets are rational. Investors incorporate all public and private information when making their investment decisions. This school of thought is grappling with the field of behavioural finance, which asserts that human psychology and biases also act in an irrational way to influence these same investment decisions.

September 24, 2020

PureTerra Ventures has been involved in water in various aspects for more than 25 years, from senior management experience in technology companies to organisation of one of the largest water and wastewater exhibitions globally.

PureTerra Ventures has been involved in water in various aspects for more than 25 years, from senior management experience in technology companies to organisation of one of the largest water and wastewater exhibitions globally.

September 22, 2020

Impact investing is an investment strategy which has grown dramatically since its infancy. Its objective is to make a positive difference and target progress on environmental, social and governance (ESG) matters. Whilst still in the initial stages of development, impact investing continues to grow and mature. 

Impact investing is an investment strategy which has grown dramatically since its infancy. Its objective is to make a positive difference and target progress on environmental, social and governance (ESG) matters. Whilst still in the initial stages of development, impact investing continues to grow and mature.

Here Samantha Steele outlines what impact investing is and how Russell Investments is seeing increased momentum around its incorporation into private market investment plans.

What is impact investing? Why now?

September 15, 2020

Family offices have always searched for investing across a range of different asset classes. With the technological march, accelerated by the Covid-19 pandemic, the TMT (Technology, Media and Telecommunications) sector is looking even more attractive than before.

Family offices have always searched for investing across a range of different asset classes. With the technological march, accelerated by the Covid-19 pandemic, the TMT (Technology, Media and Telecommunications) sector is looking even more attractive than before.

Why TMT over other sectors?

September 10, 2020

Could a vaccine change market leadership? When will enough doses of FDA-approved Covid-19 vaccine(s) to inoculate 25 million people be distributed in the US? The superforecasters of the Good Judgement Project believe there is a 93% probability we will have an FDA-approved vaccine in a year, and enough of it to inoculate 25 million people in the US. This is up from just 20% in the dark days of April.

Could a vaccine change market leadership? When will enough doses of FDA-approved Covid-19 vaccine(s) to inoculate 25 million people be distributed in the US? The superforecasters of the Good Judgement Project believe there is a 93% probability we will have an FDA-approved vaccine in a year, and enough of it to inoculate 25 million people in the US. This is up from just 20% in the dark days of April.

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