Five key investor questions on China answered

Amid the Covid-19 pandemic, our team considers the relative prospects for China’s economic recovery and stock market resurgence. What the pandemic has highlighted is large differences in state capacity to manage this crisis. Will China experience a ‘V-shaped’ economic recovery? We are still at the beginning of an enormous economic and social repair job. Governments … Continue reading “Five key investor questions on China answered”

How smart manufacturing could lead to an industrial renaissance

The history of industry is one of constant innovation. The industrial revolution that began in the late 1700s was enabled by the advent of water and steam power. This allowed the start of mechanical production. Then, electric power and assembly lines heralded the era of mass production in the early 20th century. The late 20th … Continue reading “How smart manufacturing could lead to an industrial renaissance”

Oil price shock: the implications

The Coronavirus outbreak has caused widespread disruption in equity and bond markets, but it has also had some major repercussions for the oil price. This week, the cost of a barrel of oil turned negative for the first time as demand plummeted. That means oil producers are paying buyers to take the commodity off their … Continue reading “Oil price shock: the implications”

Downturns this deep can take a long time to recover from, financially and mentally

Before last week’s rebound, US stocks had lost around 25% since mid-February, as measured by the S&P 500 Index. Like many of you reading this, my savings have taken a big hit. I set up a junior ISA for both of my children in February, and that money has also fallen by around a quarter. … Continue reading “Downturns this deep can take a long time to recover from, financially and mentally”

Beyond 2020 – the age of the responsible investor

As we look to the debates and discussions at the World Economic Forum, it’s clear that we need to take stock of what is becoming an increasingly divisive world. We all have a ‘not-to-be-missed’ opportunity to refresh and reinvigorate the mutual benefits between businesses, government and people that are central to a well-functioning capitalist economy. … Continue reading “Beyond 2020 – the age of the responsible investor”

Deforestation leaves investors exposed

Owning companies linked to forest destruction risks major financial losses. But focusing on engagement and demanding transparency and supply chain discipline could bring rich rewards. Deforestation linked to growing commodities demand presents significant risk of loss for investors, but also opportunities to benefit by engaging companies and adding to pressure for stricter policy actions. Deforestation … Continue reading “Deforestation leaves investors exposed”

The comfort of strangers: investors should look to the less familiar

Adaptation is necessary when an environment becomes less favourable. So, as the global outlook assumes a gloomier cast, we believe investors should look beyond the comfort of conventional asset classes and bolster their portfolios with less familiar – and less correlated – assets. Secular stagnation? Recent headlines provide no shortage of alarming developments: a lurch … Continue reading “The comfort of strangers: investors should look to the less familiar”

Has value investing been disrupted?

Disruption is a major theme in stock markets today with companies such as Amazon and Uber challenging the traditional approach to their respective industries. Such companies are an example of so-called “growth” stocks, with investors attracted by their prospects for expansion and future revenue growth. Investors in “value” stocks, in contrast, focus less on a … Continue reading “Has value investing been disrupted?”

What are the different styles of investing?

When it comes to share investing there are plenty of theories about what might produce the best returns. There is no single right answer to investing. People’s needs differ. People’s attitudes to risk vary. Market moods swing, making it difficult to be sure which type of investment will do well. All these uncertainties do not … Continue reading “What are the different styles of investing?”

Have investors missed the real revolution in electric vehicles?

Electric vehicles (EVs) have reached a clear inflection point. Product quality has improved and consumer availability is expanding rapidly. Perhaps most importantly, the cost of electric car ownership is finally approaching parity with traditional combustion engine cars. The colourful stories within the industry have also helped generate interest: the spectacular and turbulent growth story of … Continue reading “Have investors missed the real revolution in electric vehicles?”