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  1. BLOG

    The state of global investing 

    Nov 12, 2019 Dimitris Melas

    Economic Exposure , Emerging Markets , Global Investing

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    Financial markets are inherently unpredictable, while structural forces such as shifts in monetary policy, trade conflicts and climate change compound the challenges facing investors. Read our analysis commissioned by Norway’s Ministry of Finance.

  2. BLOG

    Emerging market country allocation matters 

    Nov 6, 2019 Jean-Maurice Ladure

    Emerging Markets , Global Investing , Economic Exposure

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    Investors with strong convictions on emerging markets might consider an approach allowing tilts toward or away from specific themes, such as active allocation to single-country index-based funds. We explore considerations linked with this approach.

  3. BLOG

    Cyclicals vs. defensives: Did tariffs tip the scales? 

    Nov 5, 2019 Guillermo Cano

    Economic Exposure , Emerging Markets , Global Investing

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    Did tariffs imposed by the U.S. and China in May trigger a shift to defensive from cyclical stocks? How did they affect different U.S. sectors and industry groups?

  4. BLOG

    CEO Pay: Trick or Treat? 

    Oct 30, 2019 Ric Marshall

    ESG Research

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    Some large asset owners are increasingly coming to believe that many executive pay schemes don’t align the interests of CEOs and investors. There appears to be an increasing focus on pay plan simplicity and transparency.

  5. BLOG

    Exploring the ‘what ifs?’ in real estate 

    Oct 29, 2019 Bryan Reid

    Real Estate Investing

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    The opacity of real estate markets and the wide spectrum of potential outcomes makes it hard to understand performance. Running a historical “what if” analysis may help institutional investors understand how different choices could have impacted outcomes.

  6. BLOG

    Beware high dividend yield traps 

    Oct 25, 2019 Jean-Maurice Ladure , Ashish Lodh , Saurabh Katiyar

    Factor Investing , Factors , Risk Management

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    During low interest-rate, high-volatility environments, some investors have turned to high dividend-paying stocks. However, overly simplistic approaches to selecting dividend-paying securities exposed investors to potential “yield traps.” Could these traps have been avoided?

  7. BLOG

    Repo-market turmoil may not spell SOFR’s end 

    Oct 24, 2019 Michael Hayes , Maks Oks

    Fixed Income , Risk Management

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    Investors and the media have begun to worry that the secured overnight financing rate (SOFR) — the U.S. interest-rate benchmark meant to address issues with and replace USD LIBOR — may introduce a new set of problems. Are the concerns justified?

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    Value investing is down. But is it out? 

    Oct 23, 2019 Anil Rao , Abhishek Gupta

    Factor Indexes , Factor Investing , Factors , Global Investing

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    Value stocks generally underperformed the broad U.S. equity market over the past decade — just as they did in the late 1990s. What drove that underperformance? Was it consistent globally? Within U.S. sectors?

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    Stress testing US-China trade wars 

    Oct 22, 2019 Thomas Verbraken , Anikó Maráz

    Emerging Markets , Fixed Income , Global Investing , Risk Management

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    Amid ongoing U.S.-China trade tension, we have updated our stress test to consider three scenarios for how the situation could unfold — and their impact on currency, bond and equity markets around the world.

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    Factors separated fact from fiction 

    Oct 16, 2019 George Bonne

    Factor Indexes , Factor Investing , Factors

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    Technological advances have expanded the application of factors. What was the realm of quantitative investors has become more accessible, bringing greater transparency and potential insight into portfolio characteristics and performance drivers.

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