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Investing in emerging equities: beyond China

Investing in emerging equities: beyond China

Views on the current health of the Chinese economy differ widely, but it’s hard not to be impressed by the progress the country has made in the last 20 years. Gross domestic product (GDP) per capita has risen more than ten-fold to around US$8,000 over this period, with much of this growth occurring in the […]

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Diversity at boardroom level blunts activist attacks, survey data suggests

Professional services firm Alvares & Marshal says in its latest research into shareholder activism in Europe that there is evidence having a more diverse board across age and gender can blunt the attacks of activist investors. The conclusion is contained in its latest A&M Activist Alert , which suggests that while the age of a director does […]

IPOs are good for companies. They can be even better for investors.

Everyone loves a good initial public offering. The buzz over hot new listings and the stories of runaway successes have been fuelling investors’ optimism for generations. Yet, even though everyone knows what IPOs are, people rarely invest in them. Sometimes, if a company’s product has a large consumer following, like in the cases of Facebook […]

Managing a global portfolio in the shadow of significant event risk

Over the last five years, global markets have performed well in the shadow of significant event risk, from the Chinese banking liquidity crisis of 2013 to the volatility caused by the threat of a global trade war (amongst other issues) earlier this year. Having recently celebrated its fifth anniversary, the Threadneedle Dynamic Real Return Strategy […]

Top 100 asset owners have $19trn – Willis Towers Watson report

A report from Willis Towers Watston’s Thinking Ahead Institute – a not for profit organisation – suggests that the top 100 asset owners globally own some $19trn (€16.9trn) of assets, or about 35% of all capital worldwide. These investors are described as having the discretion to invest into any country and any asset class, with […]

Major ESG failures spotted by CHRB in mining, agriculture, footwear industries

The 2018 report of the Corporate Human Rights Benchmark has identified a major failure in about 40% of the world’s biggest mining, agriculture and clothing or footwear companies when it comes to demonstrating respect for human rights on paper or in practice. The CHRB, a UK based not for profit organsiation, which is an ally […]

ESG taking root in fixed income – Cerulli report

ESG factors are becoming more prevalent in the fixed income space according to the latest The Cerulli Edge – Europe Edition report published by the consultant. Demand for fixed income investments that can meet investor objectives on, for example, sustainability, are increasing, and this is set to lead to further launches of ESG products to […]

Six steps to a better portfolio

Despite some improvements, Q3 results reinforce the view that active managers have found their ability to generate alpha persistently constrained by widespread economic and political risk. Lyxor ETF has considered the outlook and here provides six steps that investors can take to better understand the allocation between alpha and beta: Look back at how active […]

azValor, Schroder funds join highest rated on SharingAlpha platform

The azValor Iberia and Schroder GAIA Two Sigma Diversified funds have have joined the list of funds most highly rated by SharingAlpha’s platform users, constituting professional fund selectors across Europe and beyond. Other funds advancing on the leaderboard include the Sextant PEA, although the Valentum and Robeco Global Consumer Trends Equities funds have slipped – […]

Spain’s fund performance: Brains over brawn?

The performance of funds in Spain is polarised between smaller and independent firms and those funds from larger asset managers, H1 data suggested. Spain’s asset managers azValor, Metagestión and Gesiuris Asset Management achieved the stronger average annual returns from January to June according to the financial markets data provider VDOS. azValor took top spot with […]

Lyxor’s latest Alpha/Beta Allocator: What asset allocators need to know

Each quarter, we review the performance of over 6000 active funds domiciled in Europe. Together they manage more than €1.4tn – but are investors getting what they pay for? Q3 results were once again quite striking – and less than a ringing endorsement of active, despite some pockets of real improvement. Here are the 10 […]

Spanish boutiques outperform larger rivals in first half

The performance of funds in Spain is polarised between smaller and independent firms and those funds from larger asset managers, H1 data suggested. azValor, Metagestión and Gesiuris Asset Management achieved the stronger average annual returns from January to June according to the financial markets data provider VDOS. azValor took top spot with return averaging 3.42% […]

Casting a spotlight on US equity

Amid questions over the quality of recovery in the eurozone and fears of Brexit disruption, many investors are looking to the US for their equity exposures. The challenge there is that the S&P 500 has – since 2009 – enjoyed the longest bull-run in its history, and concerns are growing that the economic cycle is […]

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