Global Equity ESG, Annual Report 2022

Fast reading: Annual review 2022: A run-down of what turned out to be a topsy-turvy year for investors. Engagement overview: 145 engagement objectives with 76 companies engaged. An update on our progress in 2022. In the spotlight: ESG in healthcare. How responsible investors can achieve tangible results in line with sustainable goals through engagement and […]

Emerging markets debt: Clouds of political uncertainty set to lift

Fast reading In February, Bola Tinubu was declared the winner of Nigeria’s closely contested election. While the president-elect faces a range of economic challenges, improvements in Nigeria’s external accounts from the opening of the Dangote oil refinery provide cause for optimism. Parliamentary and presidential elections are scheduled to take place in Turkey on 14 May, […]

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Nearshoring opportunities brighten Mexico’s outlook

Fast reading: Manufacturing exports account for 40% of Mexico’s GDP. However, its US$400bn exports to the US are smaller than China’s almost US$600bn1. The country is forecast to seize a further US$150bn of export value in the next five years. The US Inflation Reduction Act, which privileges companies producing electric vehicles in the US-Mexico-Canada free […]

Outlook for China: When one door opens…

Fast reading: The abandoning of China’s strict zero-Covid policy late last year and the announcement of a range of stimulus measures should drive a resurgence in outbound travel, an easing of global supply-chain pressures, and an increase in growth both domestically and more widely. Owing to its size and rapid development, China had been a major […]

Why the next five years belongs to US SMID

A shift from the winners of yesterday Having now entered a period of structurally higher interest rates, combined with potentially slower economic growth, investors should expect a shift away from the market leaders of the last decade. This process has already started; small and mid-cap stocks generated relative outperformance in 2022, while the NASDAQ 100 […]

The 10 themes that could make or break an EM renaissance

Theme one: Opportunities beyond re-opening China is at a critical juncture and faces three principal challenges: geopolitical rivalry with the US, the ongoing fallout from Covid-19, and issues in its property sector. These huge challenges will test the resolve of the Beijing leadership. Figure 1: China fixed asset investment (%, year on year) Source: Bloomberg, […]

Direction of rates hangs over equities rebound

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The Credit Call: strategies update, February 2023


Key topics include: Outlook for 2023: views on inflation, labour markets, growth and the direction of monetary policy. Positive underlying fundamentals in the metals and mining industry and how the steel sector shows signs of recovery. Latest investment opportunities: the continuous improvement of relative value on the sell-off in credit, producing attractive yield levels. Share:

Fiorino: Many banks, multiple outcomes

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Anything can happen. Or, according to one interpretation of quantum mechanics, everything that can happen, does happen. The so-called ‘many worlds’ postulate, first floated in the 1950s by then US physics PhD student, Hugh Everett III, resolves a fundamental enigma of the ‘wave function’ – the mathematical expression of how a quantum system, such as […]