Pensions

Pension funds should allocate towards infrastructure and growth assets as government bonds now provide “return-free risk”, says Baroness Altmann

Pension funds should allocate towards infrastructure and growth assets as government bonds now provide “return-free risk”, says Baroness Altmann

Pension assets could support the UK economy in the fight against coronavirus, if they were invested in infrastructure such as social housing and environmental protection, according to Baroness Altmann, who spoke at a pensions conference this month.

ESG & responsible investing

BlackRock, State Street, and Vanguard block action on deforestation in shareholder votes, finds Friends of the Earth

BlackRock, State Street, and Vanguard block action on deforestation in shareholder votes, finds Friends of the Earth

The world’s three largest asset managers, BlackRock, Vanguard, and State Street, have either voted against or abstained from voting on all efforts to halt deforestation by shareholders of consumer brands and agribusiness companies since 2012, a new report from environmental advocacy group Friends of the Earth finds.

WHITE PAPER

Private markets deal level DPI returns softening in response to weak market

Private markets deal level DPI returns softening in response to weak market

The latest CEPRES Private Capital Market Outlook shows how Q2 2020 M&A deal value in the US declined by 60 per cent quarter-on-quarter which also represents a 50 per cent decrease year-on-year. These developments in the US exit markets reflect the weak market and investor sentiment during Q2, most likely impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.

COMMENT

Shinzo Abe resignation: short-lived market correction and Abenomics to continue, says from SuMi TRUST's Oshikubo

Shinzo Abe resignation: short-lived market correction and Abenomics to continue, says from SuMi TRUST's Oshikubo

Following the announcement of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s resignation, Naoya Oshikubo, senior economist at SuMi TRUST, thinks that despite some short-lived market correction, Abenomics and the current monetary policy will continue on the same path when a new Prime Minister from the Liberty Democratic Party (LDP) takes the rein…

Q&A

“Heads we win, tails we don’t lose much” – Contrarian investor Azvalor sees value in unloved mining and oil stocks

“Heads we win, tails we don’t lose much” – Contrarian investor Azvalor sees value in unloved mining and oil stocks

Javier Sáenz de Cenzano heads up Spanish boutique Azvalor Asset Management’s Managers fund. This fund puts its money behind managers, such as Mittleman Brothers and Moerus Capital Management, who share Azvalor’s contrarian outlook on investment. 

WHITE PAPER

Private Debt allocations increasing but growing complexity requires savvy investors

Private Debt allocations increasing but growing complexity requires savvy investors

The latest CEPRES white paper explores trend developments in Private Debt, based on an analysis of deal level transactional data from the CEPRES Platform, encompassing 12,800 Private Debt deals and over 234,000 cash flow transactions, as well as over 800 Private Debt focused funds, from the millennium through to recent years.