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February 15, 2021

While 2021 has started not unlike how much of 2020 played out, with Covid-19 infections continuing to spread and many countries reimplementing lockdown measures, the approval and rollout of various vaccines to combat the coronavirus has been an undeniable game-changer for markets. It's provided a clearer road map for a return to some form of normality, although the path ahead is still likely to remain bumpy, with continued uncertainties in the offing.

While 2021 has started not unlike how much of 2020 played out, with Covid-19 infections continuing to spread and many countries reimplementing lockdown measures, the approval and rollout of various vaccines to combat the coronavirus has been an undeniable game-changer for markets. It's provided a clearer road map for a return to some form of normality, although the path ahead is still likely to remain bumpy, with continued uncertainties in the offing.

February 11, 2021

ESG has been at the heart of the investment process of Amundi’s corporate private debt funds since 2014. Integrating ESG into private debt is part of Amundi's strategy to be a leading asset manager in ESG. 

ESG has been at the heart of the investment process of Amundi’s corporate private debt funds since 2014. Integrating ESG into private debt is part of Amundi's strategy to be a leading asset manager in ESG. 

The corporate private debt team at Amundi has two objectives, namely to reduce certain risk factors in their portfolios and to support companies’ efforts to improve their ESG practices.

But how are ESG criteria integrated within the investment and tracking processes? And how does it translate in to practical terms? 

February 8, 2021

Adiraj Gupta has channelled his passions for social entrepreneurship and global finance to co-found Impact Launchpad, a new startup incubator with $100 billion ambitions for impact investments.

Adiraj Gupta has channelled his passions for social entrepreneurship and global finance to co-found Impact Launchpad, a new startup incubator with $100 billion ambitions for impact investments.

February 2, 2021

Some beneficiaries discover that faith in fiduciaries can be misplaced. A combination of events, poor decision making, or even malign actors can see the value of fortunes thought to be in safe hands wiped out. 

Some beneficiaries discover that faith in fiduciaries can be misplaced. A combination of events, poor decision making, or even malign actors can see the value of fortunes thought to be in safe hands wiped out.

What should a beneficiary in such a position do next? The first step is to obtain information.

Information gathering

January 21, 2021

Somewhere in a cupboard, I have a set of eight contract notes dated 8 January 1975, when I invested—upwards of £100 per holding!—in a range of UK equities. Reader, I called the bottom of the market—a dangerous thing for a young man to do.

Somewhere in a cupboard, I have a set of eight contract notes dated 8 January 1975, when I invested—upwards of £100 per holding!—in a range of UK equities. Reader, I called the bottom of the market—a dangerous thing for a young man to do.

January 12, 2021

The year 2020 will loom large on financial markets for many years to come. As we cautiously make our way out of the crisis, Duncan MacInnes and Fiona Ker review the more startling developments of the last year, share their insights into the ongoing recovery and look ahead to some of key challenges facing investors in 2021.

The year 2020 will loom large on financial markets for many years to come.

As we cautiously make our way out of the crisis, Duncan MacInnes and Fiona Ker, of Ruffer LLP, review the more startling developments of the last year, share their insights into the ongoing recovery and look ahead to some of key challenges facing investors in 2021.

December 18, 2020

What is the role of private markets in the midst of the coronavirus? As the investment environment continues to evolve while investors adapt to the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic, we believe that private assets will play an increasingly important strategic role in fortifying portfolios over the long term, and that the current landscape provides compelling opportunities.

What is the role of private markets in the midst of the coronavirus? As the investment environment continues to evolve while investors adapt to the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic, we believe that private assets will play an increasingly important strategic role in fortifying portfolios over the long term, and that the current landscape provides compelling opportunities.

December 14, 2020

The father and son team behind Vini Cosmetics, the maker of Fogg deodorants, say they are bullish on the Indian economy, its pandemic recovery and are exploring new investment opportunities.

The father and son team behind Vini Cosmetics, the maker of Fogg deodorants, say they are bullish on the Indian economy, its pandemic recovery and are exploring new investment opportunities.

Entrepreneurs Darshan Patel, 58, founding chairman and managing director of the family business, works in tandem with next-generation Manan Patel, 27, chief executive of their family office Vini Investments in Ahmedabad, Gujarat.

December 14, 2020

The 60/40 portfolio has served investors well for the past 50 years (1). It has been the allocation of choice for traditional balanced portfolios—60% in equities for the good times, 40% in bonds for the bad (and for the yield).

The 60/40 portfolio has served investors well for the past 50 years (1). It has been the allocation of choice for traditional balanced portfolios—60% in equities for the good times, 40% in bonds for the bad (and for the yield).

The past 50 years have been characterised by falling interest rates, low inflation and low volatility. A superb environment for both bonds and equities. But we may be entering a regime change which could see these conditions reverse.

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