Featured Investment Insights
Around The Curve
Investments in Argentine debt have performed well over the past year as the macroeconomic policy mix shifts in the right direction. However, given the sovereign’s history of frequent defaults, we and other market participants understandably spend a lot of time thinking about what could go wrong.
Investing to improve lives
Although climate change and environmental degradation are global issues, local imperatives are increasingly galvanizing emerging markets in their efforts to transition to low-carbon, environmentally friendly economies.
For the second time in 2017, the U.S. Federal Reserve raised the federal funds target rate, now at 1.25%. Will the Fed stand pat in September?
Infrastructure, essential for modern living, can also serve an integral role in helping investors reach their long-term financial goals.
European Elections 2017
When French far-right and anti-euro candidate Marine Le Pen drives more news stories than US and European central bank governors Janet Yellen and Mario Draghi, one can only conclude that political uncertainty is on the up. It has indeed become one of investors’ main concerns, especially ahead of the forthcoming national elections in France and, later this year, Germany.
A Matter of Time
Credit Rating Agencies are making meaningful progress in identifying and reflecting environmental, social and governance (ESG) risks in the credit rating process. This is both welcome and encouraging, but more needs to be done to ensure the rewards fixed income investors can expect reflect the risks they are taking.
Western Asset examines recent trends in the muni bond market and provides its outlook about conditions ahead.
Finding capital returns is a difficult challenge in a world of low growth expectations and low interest rates. Yet in this environment, emerging markets (EMs) can offer attractive access to equity growth potential.
Corporate earnings growth, an expanding economy and ample liquidity remain supportive of the current bull market. Earnings and economic growth, more than potential fiscal and tax policy, have been the catalysts for higher stock prices.
The power of choice
Choice is at the heart of investing; one can’t own everything. But should investment choices be made in a mechanical way, based on an index? Or should they be made selectively, based the research and expertise of an active manager?
With the erosion of Theresa May's support making Brexit more difficult to negotiate at home as well as abroad, read what our investment managers have to say about the impact of the election on the UK, Europe and the financial markets.
Infrastructure and rising rates
There are many who believe rising interest rates pose headwinds for income-producing equities. Yet history suggests infrastructure stocks may be an exception to that rule—an important consideration for investors as the Fed prepares for rate hikes in June and beyond.
Matt Bushby, RARE's Global Head of Distribution, explains their specialist view on infrastructure and the key infrastructure characteristics RARE looks for. He also examines why it can be limiting to view the infrastructure opportunity as the ‘Trump trade’.
Alternative strategies and active management
Security selection and the flexibility to make tactical allocation changes have long been hallmarks of successful active management. Those traits are even more important when investors venture into the complex world of alternative strategies.
We asked four of our top managers to reflect on what active strategies can do and how they can complement passive in a diversified portfolio. The result: a must-watch reminder of why active remains a must-have in today's market environment.
Direct lending and active management
Direct lending is a growing opportunity for investors and a logical fit for active managers with analytical prowess and global scope.
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