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Actively supporting the decarbonisation of utilities

Why actively supporting the decarbonisation of utilities offers the potential for better long-term outcomes from both a net-zero and value-creation perspective.

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2023-11-30
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Inflation, rates, and volatility: The best defense is a good offense

Insurance Strategist Tim Antonelli shares his latest multi-asset views for insurers, including the need to balance defensive portfolio strategies with continued income and return generation.

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2023-04-15
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Investing in ESG leaders with a stewardship lens
The value of strong corporate stewardship is gaining wider recognition across the investment industry. When companies are led by an engaged board and a strong management team, allocate capital wisely for the long term and act in the best interest of all stakeholders, they have greater potential to’reinforce their competitive advantage and enhance returns over time.
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2023-06-30
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Transformative times for European energy infrastructure

Europe’s current energy supply crisis creates a significant tailwind for the European utility sector, but where are the investment opportunities?

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2023-10-31
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Mapping physical climate risks 

Working with Woodwell Climate Research Center, we have developed a geospatial mapping tool designed to help our investors visualize and quantify physical climate risks.

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2023-10-31
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After the UK sell-off: what’s next for global markets and investors?

Co-Head of Investment Strategy Natasha Brook-Walters and Head of Macro Strategy John Butler discuss the implications of the recent sell-off in UK markets for global markets and investors.

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2022-12-30
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The pivotal role of stewardship in creating lasting value
Yolanda Courtines and Alex Davis share two case studies that highlight the pivotal role of stewardship in creating lasting value.
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2023-10-31
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The next generation of pharmaceutical innovation
Rebecca Sykes explores the exciting innovations she sees in the pharmaceutical industry today, including antibody drug conjugates, gene editing, obesity treatments, and much more.
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2023-09-30
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The road less traveled: An insurer’s path to investing in alternatives
Insurance Multi-Asset Strategist Tim Antonelli lays out a sturdy yet flexible framework to help global insurers navigate the alternative investments space.
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2023-09-30
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Hidden corners of sustainability-related innovation
European small-cap equities are at the forefront of sustainability-related innovation but getting exposure to those opportunities requires a combination of research, engagement and long-term mindset.
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2023-06-30
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New IFRS financial reporting standards: three key investment implications for insurers
ALM and Regulatory Capital Strategist Francisco Sebastian examines the investment impact of the new IFRS reporting standards and considers three potential investment implications.
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2023-07-31
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Cash-balance liabilities: A new investment framework
A cash-balance plan is very different from a traditional pension, and the differences can have a major impact on interest-rate sensitivity. With this in mind, we propose a focus on capital preservation, consistent income, and liquidity.
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2023-08-31
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Can credit investors turn the resumption of volatility and cycles to their advantage?
Why the new volatile market regime may offer significantly more opportunities for longer-term global credit strategies.
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2023-07-31
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New IFRS financial reporting standards: how should insurers implement the changes?
ALM and Regulatory Capital Strategist Francisco Sebastian assesses how insurance companies should implement upcoming changes to International Financial Reporting Standards to create value for their shareholders and mutual members.
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2023-07-31
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Closing the return gap: A new set of “stepping stone” ideas
Multi-Asset Strategist Adam Berger offers incremental, flexible investment ideas that can be combined to help asset owners pursue their goals amid declining capital market return expectations.
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2023-06-30
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New IFRS reporting standards: a game changer for insurers?
From 1 January 2023, new requirements set out in the International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) on Insurance Contracts and Financial Instruments will change how insurance companies are required to measure and report their performance
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2023-06-30
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Making the money last: Research insights on the decumulation challenge
Our Investment Strategy team considers the unique challenges of decumulation strategies, including sequencing and longevity risk, and offers thoughts on best practices in portfolio construction, process design, and implementation.
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2023-04-30
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Low turnover portfolios and the climate risk challenge
In this short video, Fixed Income Portfolio Manager Mahmoud El-Shaer outlines the Global Credit Buy and Maintain team’s approach to incorporating and managing climate risk in low turnover credit portfolios. He also highlights how the team leverage the work from our partnership with MIT and the Woodwell Climate Research Center.
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2023-01-31
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Demystifying decumulation: A practical guide
Investors seeking a sound decumulation strategy must consider a host of variables, including risks that weren’t on the radar when they were accumulating assets. Members of our Investment Strategy team consider the interaction between portfolio withdrawals and specific characteristics of the portfolio’s realized return. They also offer thoughts on successful decumulation strategies, focusing on portfolio construction, process design, and implementation.
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2023-04-30
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Fixed income impact investing: Growth, evolution, opportunity
Members of our fixed income team share their perspectives on the growing need for impact solutions, the expanding opportunity set and the team’s focus on engagement with issuers.
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2022-12-31
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Three steps to effective climate-focused engagement
Fixed Income Portfolio Manager Mahmoud El-Shaer explains how effective engagement can enable asset managers to accurately assess issuers’ climate-related risks and positively influence their actions.
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2023-03-31
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Higher inflation, rising rates: Front and center for insurers
With macro and market complications piling up through the first few months of 2022, Insurance Multi-Asset Strategist Tim Antonelli provides his investment implications for global insurers.
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2022-10-15
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Nearing the finish line: Ideas on end-state investing for corporate DB plans
As corporate plans approach their fully funded “end state,” new goals will need to be set. Members of our LDI team share their research on this transition and the required realignment of asset allocation strategies, including changes in return-seeking and liability-hedging portfolios and key liquidity considerations.
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2023-04-30
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Preserving funded-ratio stability in volatile markets
Faced with extreme market volatility in the early months of 2022, what can corporate DB plan sponsors do to potentially provide stability in their portfolios while still pursuing longer-term funding aspirations? Multi-Asset Strategist Amy Trainor offers thoughts on rerisking, hedge ratios, and liability-hedging and return-seeking allocations.
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2023-03-31
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What if…? Contemplating five big questions for 2022
Could there be policy, inflation, or market surprises in 2022? Multi-Asset Strategist Adam Berger weighs the possibilities and the portfolio implications.
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2023-02-28
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How to reposition portfolios for inflation with listed infrastructure
With the risk of structurally higher inflation increasing, Tom Levering and Ken Baumgartner assess whether allocating to listed infrastructure may help mitigate the impact of inflation.
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2023-01-31
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Evaluating labelled bonds: A robust framework is key
In this rapidly evolving market, we believe investors need a thoughtful approach to assessing issues’ suitability and combatting greenwashing, in order to generate real impact.
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2022-09-30
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Three transition year themes — inflation, capital, ESG
Insurance Multi-Asset Strategist Tim Antonelli believes 2022 could be a year of transition for the global insurance industry, with the three big themes of inflation, capital, and ESG likely to play prominent roles in many insurers’ strategic planning and decisions.
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2022-12-01
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Tying ESG to alpha — in practice
In a climate-driven capital cycle, companies that prioritise the environment and formulate clear climate strategies can become market leaders.
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2022-10-31
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Changing “weather” patterns in alternatives and climate
Multi-Asset Strategist Adam Berger offers a forecast on the future of alternative and climate-related investing, with insights on manager selection, public/private allocations, climate-aware capital market assumptions, and a range of other topics.
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2022-11-30
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Building a terminal credit portfolio: a practical guide
We propose a three-step process for de-risking, which aims to lock in improvements in funded ratios while providing a clear path for transitioning towards the terminal portfolio.
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2022-11-30
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Impact investing in practice: bridging the digital divide
How does impact investing work in practice? We illustrate our approach through a-real life example focused on helping to bridge the digital divide.
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2022-11-30
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Insurance Multi-Asset Outlook — Strong but slowing growth: A tale of two narratives
Markets appear to be caught between two hard-to-reconcile narratives: The pace of economic growth looks poised to slow, but the level of growth is likely to stay relatively strong. Multi-Asset Insurance Strategist Tim Antonelli and Investment Strategy Analyst Daniel Cook offer insights for global insurers at this point in the cycle.
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2022-10-30
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Strong but slowing growth: A tale of two narratives
Markets appear to be caught between two hard-to-reconcile narratives: The pace of economic growth looks poised to slow, but the level of growth is likely to stay relatively strong. Multi-Asset Insurance Strategist Tim Antonelli and Investment Strategy Analyst Daniel Cook offer insights for global insurers at this point in the cycle.
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2022-01-31
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The evolution of derisking: Assessing new and time-tested liability-hedging ideas
As defined benefit plans contemplate the best path to their eventual “end state,” members of our LDI team update their liability-hedging research with a blend of traditional benchmark ideas and new opportunities to capitalize on changing market conditions and a broader investment universe.
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2022-09-30
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Investing for the long term (in a short-term world)
With short-term behavior evident across the financial landscape, Multi-Asset Strategist Adam Berger explores the intuitive and quantifiable advantages of being more long term, and he offers seven habits that can help asset owners cultivate a long-term mindset.
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2022-09-30
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People, planet, profit: investing with a stewardship mentality
An investment strategy with a long-term mindset focused on companies that weigh the interests of all stakeholders and generate strong returns on capital can potentially deliver good investment returns while helping to address ESG concerns.
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2022-07-31
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Genomic testing and the future of medicine
We explore the future of genomic testing, the therapeutics it enables, and its impact on the health care system as a whole.
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2022-07-30
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Multi-asset income for the LGPS
As LGPS schemes mature, single-asset strategies may no longer be able to support their income needs. We identify three challenges schemes face and propose a dynamic and diversified multi-asset solution.
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2022-05-31
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Why global insurers should take a closer look at REITs
Insurance Strategist Max Davies, Investment Director Will Lee, and Investment Specialist Ethan Sales look at the potential benefits of REITs for global insurers, plus why now may be an opportune time to consider this often unsung asset class.
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2022-07-31
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A framework for net zero in low turnover credit
Fixed Income Portfolio Manager Mahmoud El-Shaer explores why a net-zero approach may offer an effective roadmap for managing climate risk in low turnover credit portfolios.
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2022-06-30
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UK DB schemes: protecting gains, awaiting opportunities
With funding levels high but long-duration credit looking expensive, schemes looking to de-risk may wish to take advantage of the relatively attractive risk/return profile of short-duration credit.
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2022-07-31
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Mapping the impact of climate change
In this three-minute video, we share the climate-exposure risk-analysis tool we have developed in partnership with Woodwell Climate Research Center. This software helps our investment teams track and assess physical climate risks facing capital-market assets around the world.
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2021-12-31
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Assessing opportunities and challenges
Emerging markets are on the front lines of climate change. Aware of the challenges, many EM companies are developing solutions, shifting business models, and realigning corporate policies to help them prepare. Two of our EM portfolio managers share insights on the investing landscape and offer a framework for incorporating climate-related themes into a portfolio.
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2022-03-01
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