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Thematic investing – here’s why critics are wrong

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A difficult period for the performance of some thematic funds has given fuel to the naysayers’ arguments. But we believe thematic investing with an active approach is a powerful tool for investors now and in the years to come. Thematic investing has taken off in recent years. Global thematic assets under management stood at $400 billion as of 1 July 2023, up 11% from the end of last year (according to data from Goldman Sachs).

The 3D reset that will change global investing

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Decarbonisation, demographics and deglobalisation (3Ds) are changing the investing landscape and presenting investors with a new set of investment opportunities.

What can the Rugby World Cup teach us about investing?

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This weekend sees the culmination of nearly two months of fierce competition between the world’s biggest rugby nations as New Zealand and South Africa battle it out in Paris in the final of the Rugby World Cup. It goes without saying that the best teams have made it this far. Both have navigated a multitude of obstacles through a display of skill, power, and endurance.

How will challenges to globalisation impact thematic investing?

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Let's have a look at the impact of "deglobalisation" on some of our favoured themes: smart manufacturing, energy transition and climate change, and the circular economy.

Why recession looms for the developed world

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Central banks around the world are hiking interest rates to battle rising inflation. Recessions are now expected in the US, UK and Europe in the next year. Interest rates around the world are rising at an alarming pace, as central banks admit that inflation is becoming more ingrained, rather than just a series of transient shocks.

China e-commerce – is it time to look beyond regulatory pressures?

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Regulatory pressures have dominated the headlines for Chinese e-commerce in the past 12 months. We think the focus is now shifting. Nothing showcases China’s love of e-commerce better than Singles’ Day, or 11.11. This unofficial holiday, initially founded as an anti-Valentine’s Day for singletons, is held annually on the 11 November.

What a new world order might mean for the global economy

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Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has opened fault lines between nations which will affect trade relations and investment for years to come. The war in Ukraine is already having a significant effect on inflation and activity in the world economy as commodity prices have soared and supply chains have been disrupted.

Bonds are back – here’s why

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A record sell-off coupled with a shifting economic backdrop mean opportunities in global fixed income markets have appeared. It has been an extraordinary time for bond markets. As an asset class, fixed income is often seen as equities’ boring cousin, particularly over the past decade of low yields. Recent months, however, have been anything but boring, albeit for the wrong reasons.

Are we headed for a global recession?

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People are worrying about a global recession and with good reason. But what if the factors driving rising prices are beyond the limits of policymakers’ control? I discuss what central bankers’ next move might be, what markets are pricing in and what the probability of a recession is.

Could a Russian default trigger an EM crisis?

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Russia is inching towards a debt default. We look at which emerging markets might be most at risk of contagion and whether investors should be concerned. Russia’s invasion of Ukraine continues to have a devastating human impact.

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