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March 31, 2021

Vaccines and US stimulus have the global economy on track for a strong rebound in the second half of the year. We expect the reopening trade to favour equities over bonds, the value factor over the growth factor and non-US stocks over US stocks.

Vaccines and US stimulus have the global economy on track for a strong rebound in the second half of the year. We expect the reopening trade to favour equities over bonds, the value factor over the growth factor and non-US stocks over US stocks.

Key market themes

March 31, 2021

The death of inflation has been greatly exaggerated. Its return will first scare, then maim, then ruin the traditional balanced portfolios have that served investors well for a generation. Investors need to prepare for a world of greater inflation volatility. And with it a monumental risk—bonds and equities falling in tandem.

The death of inflation has been greatly exaggerated. Its return will first scare, then maim, then ruin the traditional balanced portfolios have that served investors well for a generation. Investors need to prepare for a world of greater inflation volatility. And with it a monumental risk—bonds and equities falling in tandem.

Investors’ great fear

March 30, 2021

Private debt markets have grown rapidly since the Great Financial Crisis, with global assets under management tripling from $275 billion in 2009 to more than $850 billion in 2019. The European market accounts for about a third of these assets.

Private debt markets have grown rapidly since the Great Financial Crisis, with global assets under management tripling from $275 billion in 2009 to more than $850 billion in 2019. The European market accounts for about a third of these assets.

March 24, 2021

In this latest survey by Russell Investments, 50 leading bond and currency managers considered valuations, expectations and outlooks for the coming months. What are the inflation expectations going forward and will higher rates in the developed world dent the previous optimism for emerging market debt?

In this latest survey by Russell Investments, 50 leading bond and currency managers considered valuations, expectations and outlooks for the coming months.

March 14, 2021

Like many readers, I took advantage of the best snow in years to go sledging with my daughters. As Daddy bombed down the hill like Bowser in Mario Kart my mortality flashed before me and I realised I was simultaneously having fun and in great danger.

Like many readers, I took advantage of the best snow in years to go sledging with my daughters. As Daddy bombed down the hill like Bowser in Mario Kart my mortality flashed before me and I realised I was simultaneously having fun and in great danger.

I was Schrodinger’s Dad—contemporaneously dead and alive, the die had been cast, only the outcome was unknown. On reflection, I realised this is the perfect metaphor for the corporate bond market.

March 11, 2021

Qualifying family offices and private investors will hear exclusive proposals from a sky-high telecoms vehicle, a next-gen cancer and Covid therapeutic, a sports betting platform and a low-cost tidal electricity generator, at the 9th virtual Campden Wealth Funds & Direct Investments Event on 15 April.

Qualifying family offices and private investors will hear exclusive proposals from a sky-high telecoms vehicle, a next-gen cancer and Covid therapeutic, a sports betting platform and a low-cost tidal electricity generator, at the 9th virtual Campden Wealth Funds & Direct Investments Event on 15 April.

Each of the four investment opportunities will be introduced in 15-minute slots to all family offices and investors who will be able to ask questions and discuss the potential.

March 4, 2021

The UK Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, announced his 2021 UK Budget with two significant goals: To provide support for households and businesses through the final stage of the coronavirus pandemic and to provide a roadmap for how the government plans to reduce the fiscal deficit over time and pay for pandemic support measures.

The UK Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, announced his 2021 UK Budget with two significant goals:

1. Provide support for households and businesses through the final stage of the coronavirus pandemic.

2. Provide a roadmap for how the government plans to reduce the fiscal deficit over time and pay for pandemic support measures.

March 2, 2021

Bethany McLean, journalist and author of several books about businesses gone wrong, is the guest in the latest episode of Ruffer Radio.

Bethany McLean, journalist and author of several books about businesses gone wrong, is the guest in the latest episode of Ruffer Radio.

McLean specialises in casting light on the shadier corners of the financial world, renowned for her exposé of the Enron scandal in the early 2000s.

February 26, 2021

Family offices have an increasing appetite for investing their venture capital in innovative and disruptive health and green technology over the next five years, a new survey by Lakestar reveals.

Family offices have an increasing appetite for investing their venture capital in innovative and disruptive health and green technology over the next five years, a new survey by Lakestar reveals.

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