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Living in the past: Why are controversy scores so controversial?

8 Apr 2021

Many investors use controversy scores as a filter to avoid firms whose damaging behaviour has hit the headlines, from human rights violations to environmental disasters. But these scores have serious limitations, making them an inadequate tool for investors who want to manage ESG risks and have a positive impact.

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Living in the past: Why are controversy scores so controversial?

8 Apr 2021

Many investors use controversy scores as a filter to avoid firms whose damaging behaviour has hit the headlines. But these scores have serious limitations for investors who want to manage ESG risks and have a positive impact.

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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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Everybody wants one: Are sustainable bonds the new smartphones?

5 Mar 2021

Sustainable bonds are booming, but is this a fad, and do markets really need so many varieties?

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How Manchester transformed into a city of the future

26 Feb 2021

Once an industrial powerhouse, Manchester reversed its decline to become one of Europe's top creative capitals. Watch our video to find out why we call it a city of the future.

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Multi-asset allocation views: Room to grow

16 Feb 2021

The early part of a year gives investors an opportunity to take stock. Sunil Krishnan reflects on how the current environment is shaping our views for multi-asset portfolios.

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A time for action: Race, ethnicity and investing

28 Jan 2021

In a two-part feature, we look at what asset managers need to focus their engagement efforts on to make a difference on anti-black racism, and why the industry needs to get its own house in order.

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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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COVID, climate and Black Lives Matter: The stories that defined 2020

10 Dec 2020

We select some of our key pieces of content in a year of unending drama.

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Income investing: The return of Goldilocks and the three bears

3 Dec 2020

The Goldilocks environment is back, but bears are lurking in the shadows. Francois de Bruin explores the risks and opportunities that need to be managed to get outcomes that are “just right”.

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Race, ethnicity and investing: Practice what you preach

28 Oct 2020

In the second article in our series on racism, we explain why asset managers need to get their own house in order to be a credible agent for change at the companies they invest in.

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Race, ethnicity and investing: A time for action

28 Oct 2020

In the first of a two-part series on anti-black racism, we look at five areas asset managers need to focus on if their engagement efforts are to make a positive difference.

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Prime time: How streaming is reshaping film and TV

22 Oct 2020

The last ten years have seen the film and television industry transform beyond recognition. In the latest instalment of our editorial series, Link, experts from our credit and equity teams discuss whether streaming will continue its inexorable reshaping of the media landscape.

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Home and leisure in a pandemic: Girls (and boys) still want to have fun

13 Oct 2020

From cinemas to cruises, the consumer-driven home and leisure sector was hit hard by lockdown restrictions. With economies reopening in a disjointed manner, some sub-sectors have rebounded quickly while others continue to struggle. Here, we look at how the pandemic is reshaping the industry and the implications for investors.

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When equity becomes debt: The untapped potential of amortising-lease real estate

9 Oct 2020

Pension schemes seeking alternatives to bonds may find amortising leases a compelling option, writes Luke Layfield.

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

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