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A new momentum – speeding the move towards economic recovery

29 April 2021 in News & Views

At Canaccord Genuity Wealth Management, our investment experts regularly share their views about what is happening in the markets and the investment trends they are seeing which could impact clients and their portfolios.

Understanding what is happening – and all the different issues that can impact the markets – has never been more important as we consider investing beyond the pandemic in economies that are beginning their recovery.

Every six months, we pull together our views into one timely, engaging, and easy-to-read publication, called News & Views. If you would like to download the spring 2021 edition, please click here. Otherwise, you can read all the key articles below. If the topics covered prompt further questions or highlight issues about your personal situation, please contact us for a free and confidential discussion.

This edition reflects on the following key investment and wealth management issues:

Inflation matters now more than ever as it determines which financial assets we might want to hold, and those we should avoid given the circumstances.

This article considers whether or not we can expect inflation to become a serious problem, or whether we’ll look back in time and wonder what all the fuss was about.

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Despite global debt being on an uptrend for decades, the response to the coronavirus pandemic has seen an unprecedented increase.  

Here, we discuss what this means for world economies and whether it will negatively affect investors.

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Right now, there is a lot of cash in the economy, due to money supply, fiscal spending and savings during the pandemic. As markets continue their rise, some commentators have pointed to signs of excess, even going so far as to suggest we are entering bubble territory.

In this article, we look at the reasons they point to, and why we don’t believe we are quite there yet.

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We have taken significant positions in Japanese equities in our clients’ discretionary portfolios for some time now, but the Far East has a lot more on offer – in fact, equities from other Asian countries are attractive in their own right for many reasons.

In this article, we explore the opportunities in Asia beyond Japan, as predicted growth in the region is expected to far outstrip developed markets, technology capabilities continue to excel, and ESG factors improve.

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Accelerated by COVID-19 as people switched to working from home, using their own under-protected IT systems and exposing their vulnerabilities to hackers, cyber security has fast become a necessity.

For investors, it means new and exciting opportunities are opening up as the sector undergoes massive growth.

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As rule changes within the pensions landscape make retirement options for high income earners harder and harder to navigate, we take a look at the alternatives available. In this article we explore tax-efficient opportunities from ISAs to offshore bonds and venture capital.  

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David Esfandi

Chief Executive Officer

David Esfandi was appointed CEO of Canaccord Genuity Wealth Management Limited in March 2014. He was previously Managing Director of Ashcourt Rowan Asset Management, where he played a key role in restructuring the business and acquired a leading private client team from a large European bank. Prior to that, he spent 10 years with Deutsche Bank, latterly as Director of Proprietary Pan European Equity Investment. He also played a key role in starting the Private Institutional Client business. Mr. Esfandi began his career at Goldman Sachs International as a financial analyst. He holds an MA in PPE from Oxford University.


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