Search this website. You can use fund codes to locate specific funds

Authors

  • November 21, 2017
    Private Markets
    Rising to the interest rate challenge
    Peter Hofbauer
    •By debating the size of their balance sheets, central banks are showing the first signs since the crisis that they may be worrying about our growing addiction to QE. After unclogging the system in 2009, QE has since been an imperfect remedy. •But, its impact may not have been properly picked up. By taking explicit account of QE & fiscal positions, our analysis suggests the true US policy rate may be as low as -4%, & -3% in the UK. •This may be just as well, as, without care, an unhelpful jigsaw piece from the 1930s - retaliatory trade protectionism - might yet come crashing into place. The impact of protectionism this time, though, could be far more complicated. •First, the economic & financial linkages suggest the knock-on would be more far reaching. Global retaliation would activate second-round effects that later offset the initial growth-impulse from Mr Trump’s intended tax cuts.
  • November 23, 2016
    Private Markets
    Sustainable infrastructure investment - long-term investing with a social purpose and a responsible focus
    Peter Hofbauer
    Peter Hofbauer, Head of Infrastructure at Hermes Investment Management, discusses infrastructure’s role as a sustainable asset class, highlighting how responsible investment considerations play an integral part of infrastructure investment decision making and asset management. Defining sustainable investment Sustainable investing has two principal definitions: first, selecting investments on the basis of their ESG (environmental, social and governance) attributes, and second, truly long-term investing, aligned with the dictionary definition: ‘able to be maintained or kept going; a system that maintains its own viability…for continual reuse.’