Equities

Portfolio Thinking

Adios Mexico – for now

Now that the investment case has played out, I've caught up with an economist, a strategist and a fund manager as they say adiós to Mexican assets.

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Macrobites

I still like tech

For a sector accustomed to getting headlines for its stellar growth and equity returns, the past few weeks have felt a bit different for technology companies. It's time to take stock, think about what we’ve learnt and revisit our bullish macro case for the sector. In short, however, I still like tech.

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Strategy

Top 7 things to know about equities...

Having worked as an equity strategist for well over a decade, I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve had the debate on ‘what happens to equities when bond yields go up?’. And for most of that time bond yields were in the ice age and falling! To cut down on some future deja-vu, here's my Top 7 list of things to consider about equities when bond yields go up.

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Portfolio Thinking

How market frictions can live in harmony with persistent factor premia

 As we continue our voyage on the factor premium drivers, our next destination is 'market structure'.

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Portfolio Thinking

Risky or not? The currency hedging debate for equities

Some investors propose hedging all currency exposure while others see no benefit to hedging at all, so is currency exposure a risk?

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Portfolio Thinking

Emerging by name, emerged by nature

Emerging market assets have long been a source of both potential profit and peril for investors. 2017 saw an incredible streak of capital inflows into emerging market equities, bonds and currencies. Whilst returns are still characteristically volatile, this historically maverick asset class has become more mature and resilient than ever before, as was highlighted during February's market sell-off.

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Portfolio Thinking

The linker tail

The UK inflation-linked government bond ('linker') market is dominated by vast UK defined benefit pension schemes. Derisking by schemes tends to increase demand for linkers as equity prices rise, pushing up their prices. For multi-asset investors seeking diversification, that could make them less attractive to buy.

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