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  • Steve Waygood
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    Guest Viewpoint: Steve Waygood

    April 2020 (Magazine)

    History may well look back on 2019 as the year the world finally woke up to the threats posed by climate change. Yet, with the negotiation failures that occurred at the 2019 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Madrid (COP25), the year ended on a significant downer.

  • Portfolio strategy - Green finance
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    Private and green: Non-listed sustainable debt

    April 2020 (Magazine)

    The market for non-listed debt with green or sustainability features is growing fast

  • Federal Reserve balance sheet
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    Fixed income, rates, currencies: Global economy under pressure

    April 2020 (Magazine)

    At the end of February, after a week that saw stock markets around the world plummet, US Federal Reserve chair Jerome Powell sought to calm fears, saying that the Fed would “act as appropriate” to support growth. 

  • Credit at a crossroads
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    Fixed Income & Credit: Credit at a crossroads

    April 2020 (Magazine)

    How will weak lending standards hurt credit investors in a global slowdown? 

  • US high-yield- market value versus credit risk
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    Fixed Income & Credit: High-yield worries grow

    April 2020 (Magazine)

    Global high yield and loans still offer attractive returns but the worry is about the stage we are in the credit cycle

  • Jane Gray headshot
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    Fixed Income & Credit: Loan covenant high tide?

    April 2020 (Magazine)

    Fitch Solutions outlines just how far covenant terms have steadily shifted in borrowers’ favour – at least until coronavirus hit

  • Azad Zangana
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    Briefing: Europe turns Japanese

    April 2020 (Magazine)

    Despite the more immediate concerns of the COVID-19 pandemic, the spectre of ‘Japanisation ’ casts a dark shadow over euro-zone investment markets. It is possible that the current crisis will supercharge the pre-existing trend for Europe to follow Japan’s economic and financial experiences.

  • Kevin Giddis
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    Briefing: A safe haven

    April 2020 (Magazine)

    Treasuries, the yen, and gold all traditionally serve to harbour investors in times of stress. A closer look at the current demand for Treasuries, however, paints a complex world view with implications for financial markets. Yields suggest it might remain ugly for another decade. 

  • Sustainable debt surpassed $350bn in 2019
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    Transition bonds: Questions of transition

    April 2020 (Magazine)

    The market for sustainable investments is growing exponentially

  • Danmarks Nationalbank sufficient interest in proposed securities
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    Green bond issuance: Denmark's split offering

    April 2020 (Magazine)

    The Danish government is keen to employ tradeable green certificates, which are designed to broaden the appeal of environmental debt, in its initial green bond issuance

  • Amin Rajan and Anthony Cowell
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    Research: The new benchmarks

    April 2020 (Magazine)

    Sustainability is set to become the gold standard of investing

  • Compounded active performance of five simulated portfolios
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    Ahead of the Curve: The mega-cap conundrum

    April 2020 (Magazine)

    Last year was challenging for quantitative equity strategies with a large proportion of them underperforming their benchmark on a rolling one-year basis. There has, therefore, been a great deal of interest in understanding the shortcomings of quantitative portfolios over the same calendar year.

  • Joe Biden and Senator Bernie Sanders
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    Letter from US: The Democratic agenda takes shape

    April 2020 (Magazine)

    “On day one, [Joe] Biden will use the full authority of the executive branch to make progress and significantly reduce emissions. Biden recognises we must go further, faster and more aggressively than ever before, by (among other things) requiring public companies to disclose climate risks and the greenhouse gas emissions in their operations and supply chains.” That is Joe Biden’s ‘Plan for a Clean Energy Revolution and Environmental Justice’ as it appears on joebiden.com, the official campaign website.

  • Gustavo Medeiros
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    Fixed Income & Credit: Potential for adventures

    April 2020 (Magazine)

    Emerging-market local-currency corporate debt is under-explored by global investors

  • Bechmark Risk - April 2020
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    Qontigo Riskwatch April 2020

    April 2020 (Magazine)

    * Data as of 28 February 2020.

  • Emerging Markets - Region and Sector
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    Virtu Global Tradewatch April 2020

    April 2020 (Magazine)

    February 2020 data as of 6 March 2020

  • Net sentiment equities
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    IPE Quest Expectations Indicator: April 2020

    April 2020 (Magazine)

    This months’ figures were collected before the successive stock-market slumps.

  • Gregg McClymont
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    Guest Viewpoint: Gregg McClymont

    March 2020 (Magazine)

    If the purpose of a pension system is to deliver a stable income in retirement, then the UK, strictly speaking, is on a path to leaving pensions behind. 

  • Joyce Chang
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    Geopolitical risk: The new norm

    March 2020 (Magazine)

    Geopolitical risk is now  the norm and not the exception, and brings with it a rise in volatility,” says Joyce Chang, chair of global research at JP Morgan, adding: “This volatility has tended to create more noise than trend.”

  • emerging market assets
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    Emerging market outlook

    March 2020 (Magazine)

    Emerging markets have a knack for being in the headlines for the wrong reasons. They also stand out as sources of growth for investors who face low interest rates and muted economic performance in the developed world