Latest fixed income thinking

Are sustainable bonds the new smartphones?

10 May 2021

The market for sustainable bonds to fund activities that have a positive impact on the environment or society is booming. But there are many factors to consider before investing. Not least among them is a crucial question: is your money really being used to fund the activities promised?

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Divergence, debt sustainability and climate: Key takeaways from the IMF Spring meetings

14 Apr 2021

Debate over the short- and longer-term consequences of COVID-19 dominated the Spring meetings of the International Monetary Fund, with our emerging-market debt team among those following discussions closely.

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Deficits still matter… just not right now

22 Mar 2021

Deciding when to tighten the purse strings and hike taxes is complex at any time, even more so when the economic fallout from COVID-19 remains unclear. Getting deficits under control will need to happen eventually, but it would be a brave government to pursue that goal in the short term.

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Why it is getting harder to assess value in financial markets

19 Mar 2021

Massive intervention by central banks and governments in recent years has left investors struggling to value financial assets.

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Zero rates: Too much of a good thing?

9 Mar 2021

The inexorable rise in asset prices caused by the seemingly never-ending era of monetary easing is calling into question long-held investment beliefs, as members of our multi-asset & macro and equities teams explain.

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Everybody wants one: Are sustainable bonds the new smartphones?

5 Mar 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the importance and fragility of the natural balance. As governments, companies and investors aim for a just transition, sustainable bonds are being issued at pace in different formats. Is it a fad, and do markets really need so many varieties?

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From crisis comes opportunity: What’s normal now?

2 Mar 2021

Big challenges bring us the opportunity to think differently. Our investment teams reveal what they have learnt from COVID-19, and how they are preparing to face whatever ‘normal’ emerges in a post-pandemic world.

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The COVID Nudge

28 Jan 2021

In these data visualisations, we look at whether COVID-19 will achieve something that millions spent on public health campaigning has failed to do.

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What a carve up! The future of the internet

22 Jan 2021

Commercial and geopolitical forces are threatening to fracture the internet into competing regimes, making it harder for companies to operate across borders and potentially limiting their growth. We explore the implications for investors.

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Investing for impact in private debt to combat climate change

21 Jan 2021

Impact investment strategies will have an important role to play if the green credentials of the world’s stock of real estate is to be transformed, argue Gregor Bamert and Stanley Kwong.

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The path for oil and gas after COVID-19

20 Jan 2021

Post-COVID recovery initiatives from governments are increasingly taking a green path, but the response of oil and gas companies so far runs from denial to complete reinvention. Should they continue pumping oil for as long as they can to avoid destroying capital for investors, or do they need to accelerate efforts to future proof their businesses now?

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Our annual letter to company chairpersons

15 Jan 2021

As part of our engagement efforts, every January we send a letter to the chairs of companies we invest in (and some we don’t, but still want to use our influence with) to set out our stewardship priorities for the year. Here, in full, is our 2021 letter.

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House View

A quarterly publication which encapsulates the thinking of our investment team.

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