Equities

“Anyone but Suga is good news”: T Rowe Price eyes further gains for Japanese equities as election approaches

“Anyone but Suga is good news”: T Rowe Price eyes further gains for Japanese equities as election approaches

Appetite for Japanese equities appears to be turning a corner after years of investors underweighting the region, with the country’s rapid roll-out of Covid-19 vaccinations and hopes over its upcoming election driving share prices higher in September.

ESG & responsible investing

Largest asset managers' support for shareholder votes on climate and diversity rises sharply 

Largest asset managers' support for shareholder votes on climate and diversity rises sharply 

Five of the world’s largest asset managers – BlackRock, Vanguard, State Street, Fidelity, and JPMorgan – have dramatically increased their support for shareholder proposals on topics relating to the environment and diversity during this year’s proxy season, according to new data from analytics provider Insightia.

Digital

Asset managers’ dash to digital accelerates amid rising pressure from clients

Asset managers’ dash to digital accelerates amid rising pressure from clients

Asset management firms are accelerating their digital transformation, with almost half planning to boost their digital spend in the coming year. The push to digitalise been driven by the rise of low-cost passive investing and digital-first challenger banks, which have squeezed the margins of traditional asset managers.

Diversification

Challenging groupthink: Willis Towers Watson says most active managers over-diversify to reduce investment risk

Challenging groupthink: Willis Towers Watson says most active managers over-diversify to reduce investment risk

“Knowing more about less”: this is how Willis Towers Watson describes the process of researching fund managers. “There are 18,000 asset managers. There are more asset managers than there are stocks in indices,” says Chris Redmond, head of manager research at Willis Towers Watson. “We cannot possibly devote our time to every one of them.”