Reading Time: < 1 minute My TED-style talk from our January 2016 unconference on some of the trends in UK pensions de-risking over the last decade
Reading Time: 3 minutes A lot has changed since 1962, particularly in the world of finance and pensions. UBS recently published a weighty tome containing some fascinating data on global markets and pension funds: A long-term perspective on pension fund investment Worth a read, one thing I found particularly interesting was the long-term data going back 50 years on … More Changing Times – 50 Years of UK Pensions
Reading Time: 2 minutes It can be easy to forget when caught up in day-to-day events and headlines that we’ve been through an incredibly benign and profitable period for any individual or organisation investing in financial markets. One way of illustrating this, which we particularly like is to look not just at the returns that have been generated, but a measure … More Many Happy (Asset) Returns – part 1
Reading Time: 2 minutes We see literally hundreds of fund managers and investment strategies a year; which do we think are most likely to be successful in 2015? We really see three important things to focus on: risk, diversification, and freedom. Let’s take each of those in turn. Risk. This might sound obvious, but as we see it, the … More Which Investment Strategies Will Thrive in 2015 ?
Reading Time: 4 minutes Tail risk hedging seems to be a popular topic at the moment, why? Markets are at highs, but plenty of risks remain. While equity markets have rallied considerably in recent years – The equity market (as measured by the MSCI World Index) is up over 30% since Mario Draghi proclaimed the ECB had “removed tail risk for … More 3 ways to protect a portfolio against downside risks
Reading Time: 4 minutes When “Past performance is not necessarily a guide to the future” has never seemed more apt The rear view mirror It’s now been just over 5 years since equity markets hit their lows at the peak of the fallout from the banking/credit crises of 2008. A lot can happen in 5 years. This year’s crop of … More A lot can happen in 5 years, the rear view mirror and the road ahead
Reading Time: 4 minutes It’s that time of year when everyone is getting their predictions in for 2014. Will equities enjoy another bumper year or will returns be more modest … or will they be negative ? Not surprisingly given we are in the midst of a bull-market a lot of the talk is of how much higher equities … More What will the FTSE’s Low be in 2014?
Reading Time: 2 minutes Mohamed El-Erian of PIMCO put out a great blog piece a few days ago, the gist of which was, to paraphrase: – Major equity markets reacted negatively to the seemingly better-than-expected US Q3 GDP print, and twitter IPO on Thursday November 7th – Major equity markets reacted positively to the better-than-expected October jobs report on Friday November … More Update: Good News now really is Good News