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  • 18/03/2019
    Amplified: Impactful intent – meaningful place-making
    Tatiana Bosteels
    In this episode of Amplified, Tatiana Bosteels, Director of Responsibility at Hermes Real Estate, discusses how Hermes Real Estate is progressing further, building on the success of RPI to strengthen its delivery of outcomes beyond performance.
  • 20/11/2018
    Impact Report, Q3 2018
    In our Q3 Impact Report, we explore next-generation sequencing and explain how two portfolio holdings in this field are generating positive impacts that support the delivery of the third United Nations Sustainable Development Goal – Good Health and Well-Being.
  • 29/10/2018
    How markets are missing the biggest populist movement of all
    Saker Nusseibeh
  • 13/02/2018
    The US yield curve as a predictor of recession: should we trust it this time?
    Silvia Dall’Angelo
    The shape of the US Treasury yield curve generally contains useful information about future developments in the real economy. In particular, when the Treasury yield curve inverts – that is, when short-term rates exceed long-term yields – a recession usually follows in the next 12 months. Historically, the yield curve has been a very accurate forecasting tool: a curve inversion has preceded each of the last seven recessions in the US. The Treasury yield curve flattened significantly in 2017, and last month, the spread between 10-year yields and two-year yields narrowed to about 50bps. It is therefore possible that the spread could turn negative at some point this year. As such, it is unsurprising that market observers have become nervous about the possibility of an economic slowdown. But given the current environment of loose monetary policy, to what extent should we trust the US yield curve as a harbinger of a recession?
  • 06/03/2017
    The Why Question
    Saker Nusseibeh
    At Hermes we have long held the belief that the financial system should operate in the interests of its ultimate asset owners, not its various agents. We also recognise that the decisions financial practitioners make on how to invest beneficiaries’ money entrusted to them shapes the society they will live in. Further, we argue that the differentiation between ‘shareholders’ and ‘stakeholders’ which is often produced to justify the status quo is inherently false. Today, the majority of shares are owned (through savings and pensions) by the very people who make up what we think of as societal stakeholders. That the majority of these same stakeholders perceive the ‘system’ to have failed them is becoming increasingly clear around the developed world and has been noted by many, most recently here by the Prime Minister.