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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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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 […]

Sextant PEA, DWS Deutschland join highest rated on SharingAlpha platform

The Sextant PEA and DWS Deutschland funds 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 Valentum FI, Invesco Global Leisure, and Cobas Selección FI funds, which have gained positions, taking then into the top seven rated […]

Hermes discusses link between ESG factors and credit spreads

Hermes Investment Management says recent research has identified a clear link between companies with better ESG scores and their ability to benefit from narrower spreads on credit default swaps. The data comes from the Credit and Responsibility teams at Hermes, which has pursued further research following a study published in 2017, which looked to develop a pricing […]

Assessing AI and emerging markets

Artificial intelligence and machine learning are not terms limited to developed markets, but will play an increasingly important role in emerging markets, especially where margins on labour intensive manufacturing are being squeezed by rising wages, according to latest research into the trends put forward by BNP Paribas Asset Management. Michelle Fan, analyst, Global Emerging Market […]

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