Economies & markets
Our Chief Investment Office and experts share insights into our house view and macro trends.
Some commentators and policymakers think that, like the bogeyman, inflation is waiting just around the corner, ready to pounce on the unsuspecting central banker. What will happen if it does? And what if it doesn't?
While we are still quite some way from true artificial intelligence (AI) as science fiction writers might understand it, the term is being used with ever greater frequency. But what is the link between AI and investment opportunities, and how can investors capitalise on the march of technology?
As investment experts, we're sceptical about the possibility of a Labour government in the UK's short-term future. However, we’re beginning to consider seriously what impact Labour might have, while Jeremy Corbyn's improved ratings are already having impacts in several sectors.
Since the end of 1985, when comparative records began, the FTSE 250 Index (which is made up of the 250 largest companies after the FTSE 100) has risen at an annualised rate of 11.1%, compared with 8.3% for the FTSE 100. So what is it about smaller companies that enables them to generate superior returns? And is small really more beautiful or is it fraught with danger?
Commentators seem to revel in highlighting how few active fund managers, even in the best performing funds, outperform their benchmarks over a certain period. However, we believe the active fund management industry as a whole will prove its worth in 2018.
Companies such as Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Netflix and Google/Alphabet (the FAANGs) have been the primary drivers of the equity bull market, becoming the largest companies in the world in the process. But what would happen if the old world order fought back? What difference would it make to investment prospects?
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