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The client lens: An interview with Richard Soper

27 Apr 2021

The co-chair of the First UK Bus Pension Scheme Trustee discusses COVID-19, ESG and the state of the UK pensions industry.

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To improve diversity, asset managers should rip up the rulebook on recruitment

21 Apr 2021

For too long, the investment industry has relied on staid recruitment methods that maintain the status quo. By doing things differently, we can improve diversity and future-proof our businesses, says Apiramy Jeyarajah.

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Home bias: The rise and rise of economic nationalism

20 Apr 2021

The new US president is prepared to carry the torch for a shrinking band of globalists, but the growing trend of economic nationalism will prove hard to reverse.

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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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What does the data say? Vaccines, illiquidity and managers called Dave

26 Mar 2021

In the first of a new monthly series, we take a visual approach to illustrate topical data themes in economies, markets and beyond. This month we look at the correlation between stock market performance and vaccinations, the illiquidity premium in real assets, and whether there are still more men called Dave running funds than female managers.

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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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The new struggle for global supremacy could disrupt financial markets

17 Mar 2021

China’s economic rise threatens US supremacy and the global economic and financial order built up since 1945.

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Cut it out! The complex quest to decarbonise heating

16 Mar 2021

More countries are contemplating their visions for a lower carbon world. Norway has excluded fossil fuels entirely for heating buildings, while others are taking a more nuanced approach. So, what are the options for those with environment at the heart of their agenda?

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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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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 investment industry should get ready for the rise of the millennials

18 Feb 2021

The millennial generation is set to inherit trillions over the coming decade. Asset managers and advisers must engage with these younger investors to understand their requirements, says Apiramy Jeyarajah.

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AIQ Investment Thinking

Get our perspective on key themes influencing investment markets globally.
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House View

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

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