All Ahead of the Curve articles

  • Hinchcliff Rob

    The great desyncronisation age in global financial markets

    December 2023 (Magazine)

    Investors are witnesses to the end of an era of synchronised global growth, when China could be counted on for outsized expansion that provided a broad cross-border lift for economies, industries and asset classes.

  • Choueifaty Yves

    Pricing the decline of democracy for investors

    November 2023 (Magazine)

    History does not progress in a linear way. Science, democracy, technology, arts, the economy and any other type of evolutive process advance and recede in chaotic movements, even though they ineluctably move towards progress. Those recessions and pull-backs often go unnoticed at first, at least to the casual observer. And yet, they end up profoundly sanctioned by all stakeholders including the economy, financial markets and investors. 

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    Inversion anxiety: what’s up with yield curves in 2023

    October 2023 (magazine)

    For over half a century, each time the spread between US 10-year and three-month yields turned negative, indicating an inverted yield curve, a recession followed, sooner or later. In 2023, the yield curve has been more than just a little inverted. 

  • Gustavo Medeiros

    The US dollar’s declining status as a global reserve currency

    September 2023 (Magazine)

    The recent US debt ceiling negotiations have brought into question the viability of the US dollar’s status as a global reserve currency. Long-term investors have been reviewing their strategic asset allocation away from the currency, seeking to diversify their exposure and to take advantage of long-term investment opportunities. 

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    Ahead of the curve: Is growth back or is it a trap?

    July/August 2023 (Magazine)

    It is likely you have heard about ‘value traps’. They are low-multiple companies that are priced at an ever expanding discount to the market and structurally underperform as fundamentals weaken due to new competition and, in extreme scenarios, may even face obsolescence.  

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    Ahead of the curve: The rise of multi-manager models for alternative investing

    June 2023 (Magazine)

    Fifteen years after the ‘global financial crisis’, multi-manager strategies for alternative investing have not only shaken off their tarnished reputation but have evolved 

  • Tom Leake

    Ahead of the curve: What happened to equity volatility in 2022 and what next?

    May 2023 (Magazine)

    Something strange happened last year. Expectations about the future level of volatility in US equities – implied volatility – behaved in a very unusual way. In a falling market, the price of implied volatility normally rises because equity falls are associated with a worsening macroeconomic outlook, implying more market risk. Expectations of future volatility therefore increase. 

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    Ahead of the curve: Introducing the concept of a carbon risk-free curve

    April 2023 (Magazine)

    As global investors and companies progress towards their net-zero emissions targets, the concept of a carbon risk-free curve becomes increasingly relevant within the fixed-income market. In our view, this curve should provide a reference for evaluating the risk levels of bonds in relation to their issuers’ CO₂-equivalent (CO₂e) emissions and can therefore help investors to assess the impact of changes in CO₂e emissions on the yield spread of fixed-income bonds. 

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    Ahead of the curve: The missing elements in the digital currencies debate

    March 2023 (Magazine)

    The recent contraction of the cryptocurrency markets poses questions about the viability of digital currency as an asset class for institutional investors. However, these developments have not undermined the efforts of central banks to pursue their own digital currency initiatives. 

  • Amy Caruso

    Ahead of the curve: Time to automate collateral management

    February 2023 (Magazine)

    The resilience of financial markets has been tested several times in recent years, from the so-called ‘dash for cash’ at the start of the coronavirus pandemic in March 2020 to the spike in UK Gilt yields in September 2022.

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    Ahead of the curve: Is small cap the next mean reversion trade?

    January 2023 (Magazine)

    By now, most investors have noticed a rebound in value relative to growth in equity markets. After underperforming growth over the past decade, value stocks are experiencing strong mean reversion and outperforming significantly. 

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    Ahead of the curve: Recalibrating alternative allocations for a new market

    December 2022 (Magazine)

    Geopolitics, inflation, and central bank policy have agitated financial markets in 2022, leaving returns and diversification in short supply. A comparison of global equities and bonds provides a sense of just how challenging the results have been. 

  • Abhik Pal

    Ahead of the curve: Beefing up guardrails as risks rise in private credit

    November 2022 (Magazine)

    For US and European private credit firms, storm clouds are gathering.The recent rate hikes by the Federal Reserve, European Central Bank (ECB) and the Bank of England (BoE)have numbed activity in the leveraged loan and high-yield spaces.

  • Vitali Kalesnik, Research Affiliates

    Ahead of the curve: Clearing up the ‘scaling’ confusion in carbon intensity

    October 2022 (Magazine)

    Today, a company’s carbon intensity is typically measured in one of two ways – scaling by revenue, or by EVIC (enterprise value including cash). The choice an investor makes can lead to differences in portfolio characteristics. 

  • Excess returns of defensive global equity manager composites during market downturns vs MSCI ACWI

    Ahead of the curve: Are defensive strategies delivering?

    September 2022 (Magazine)

    Introducing ‘defensiveness’ to equity portfolios can take many forms. At the most explicit end of the spectrum, we can consider dialling down market exposure using derivative-based equity overlays – whether these are static protection programmes or more complex dynamically managed strategies which could even include some implicit volatility trading. At the more implicit end, promising reduced ‘downside capture’, we find a wide array of defensive long-only equity strategies.

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    Ahead of the curve: solving the Russian share ban

    July/August 2022 (Magazine)

    Index investors inherently choose to follow the market through exchange-traded and index funds, but the recent prohibition on trading Russian stocks and their removal from global benchmarks has created something of a conundrum.

  • Antje Stobbe

    Ahead of the curve: tie executive pay to climate targets

    June 2022 (Magazine)

    AllianzGI and Cevian Capital take very different approaches to how we manage equity portfolios, but we are both long-term and active owners of companies. Following a series of conversations about how to best implement ESG criteria in our portfolios, we have found a common perspective.

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    Ahead of the curve: China treads a careful path

    May 2022 (Magazine)

    Since the Tiananmen Square protests in 1989 the Chinese Communist Party has not put a foot wrong domestically. It has pursued economic growth alongside social cohesion, entrenching its prime objective of staying in power.

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    Ahead of the curve: The future looks bright for African private equity

    April 2022 (Magazine)

    The Russian-Ukrainian war and its related global impact may have a mixed effect on economic recovery in Africa, which is being driven by worldwide economic trends such as elevated commodity prices, a relaxation of lockdowns, and increased global trade. With further increases in commodity prices having a positive impact, increased inflation and further possible roll-backs in globalisation weigh on the recovery.

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    Ahead of the curve – Late-stage growth: a growing priority in PE portfolios

    March 2022 (Magazine)

    With additional options to fund growth outside of an initial public offering (IPO), start-ups are staying private longer. The average age at which venture capital-backed companies go public has increased from about 4.5 years during the 1990s to about 6.5 years today.