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The latest series of ‘In conversation’ has landed. A lot has happened since our last fund updates: find out how our fund managers have been positioning their funds, navigating challenges and seeking out opportunities.
Much has happened since our last series. COVID-19 threw us another curveball with Omicron spreading fast. This aggravated existing supply chain and employment issues, fuelling inflation and political instability. Central bankers are under pressure to tighten monetary policy earlier than expected. So, what does this all mean for investor sentiment?
Much has happened since our last series. The world is largely open again, though the highly contagious delta variant and supply chain disruptions mean life is far from ‘back to normal’.
Much has happened since the last time they spoke to you. Lockdown 2.0; Lockdown 3.0; a post-Brexit trade deal with the EU; Joe Biden became president; and the beginning of a global vaccination drive.
Introducing the, “In conversation” series, you’ll have the opportunity to hear and now see our fund managers provide their expert view in a short, engaging and digestible format. We aim to run these updates twice a year.
Listen to Greg Mullins, Head of Sales, introduce the series in a short soundbite of what you can expect now and in the coming months ahead.
Bryn Jones, lead fund manager of the Rathbone Ethical Bond Fund, reveals why 2019 was a great year for performance, and the key themes he’s keeping an eye on in 2020.
James Thomson, who has managed the Rathbone Global Opportunities Fund for over 15 years, deep dives into another successful year which saw the fund outperform the sector, with a first quartile positioning.
Carl Stick, executive director, stands in for fund manager David Harrison to discuss one of the hottest topics of the moment - ESG (Enviromental, Social and Governance). The Rathbone Global Sustainability fund has performed well throughout 2019. Carl looks at how 2020 is likely to shape up.
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The Rathbone Ethical Bond Fund passed its 20 year anniversary in May; listen to our head of fixed income and lead manager on the fund, Bryn Jones, fund manager Noelle Cazalis and head of ethical sustainable and impact research at Rathbone Greenbank Investments Kate Elliot, discuss the role of fixed income and ethical investments in a client portfolio. Taking a look at the past 20 years in the sector and how they have put this wealth of experience to work, pathing the way for the next 20, whilst exploring themes and trends they believe lie ahead.
UK inflation is now above 6% and rate rises appear imminent. What does this mean for your clients fixed income and capital? Bryn Jones, our head of fixed income, joins the panel to discuss, addressing the following within the debate:
- What fund managers are doing to mitigate the impact of inflation on fixed income
- The impact of rising interest rates on an already leveraged financial system
- The implications of running loose monetary and fiscal policy at the same time
COVID and inflation are two unwelcome guests who have returned to Western economies and markets, so what does this mean for multi-asset portfolios? Will McIntosh-Whyte is on panel to discuss: How multi-asset managers are looking to counter the effects of inflation on investor returns. The challenge sustainability regulation is creating for multi-asset funds. The growing influence of China on global financial markets.
As we enter the last part of the year, we take a look at the outlook for fixed income. Bryn Jones is on panel to discuss some of the latest updates in this sector. How great a threat inflation poses to fixed income investors today; how bond managers are looking to identify long term corporate cashflows in the wake of COVID; and the growing role of sustainability in running fixed income portfolios, plus more.
2020 was a year of incredible stress in markets, so how did multi-asset investing perform and is it fit for purpose in 2021? How are multi-asset managers using alternatives and what is the role of fixed income at a time of rising yields? Listen to David Coombs and panellists discuss this and much more.
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Have US Fed Chair Jerome Powell’s comments at Jackson Hole spooked the team as much as they spooked the market? This month, David, Will, and Craig also discuss how much attention to pay to the weakening US housing market, and finally touch on the video game industry and how it should remain an exciting place to invest for many years to come.
We may have (finally) reached peak inflation, argue David, Will and Rahab this month. Also, they explain how the Tory leadership campaign made them reassess the benefits and pitfalls of deregulation, and why they think water is an exciting investment theme for their portfolios.
This month, David, Will and Craig discuss the wide-ranging impacts of the energy market’s current stresses and complexities. Also, despite some expected post-pandemic catch-up in consumer services spending, the team aren’t tempted by many businesses that have benefited. Finally, they discuss the departure of Prime Minister Boris Johnson in real time and what it might mean for fiscal policy and the UK economy.
In the final webcast before the summer holiday season, David Coombs, head of multi-asset investments and Will McIntosh-Whyte, fund manager, will be providing a multi-asset team update covering:
- Is recession in the US now a foregone conclusion?
- Will the US Federal Reserve need to cut rates in 2023?
- Are cyclicals a help or hindrance in the current inflationary environment?
- Are consumer staples the best form of defence in a slowing economy?
- How the team are approaching managing the portfolios in this volatile market.
Why is credit starting to look attractive to David, Will and Craig for the first time in quite a while? Also, the team question how resilient consumer staples companies may be in the current environment and explain why they are still comfortable with composite decking manufacturer Trex despite a tough year so far.
This month, David, Will and Craig discuss managing a portfolio in a bear market and avoiding the pitfalls of emotional decisions, their love/hate relationship with the hamster wheel of earnings season, and why – despite attracting the attention of a rather eccentric billionaire – pure play social media companies have never really turned their heads.
This month, David Will and Rahab try to make sense of what simultaneous recessionary and inflationary risks mean for markets and central bank policy. Also, what does the difficult start to the year for ESG investing mean for its future? And they explain why Ulta Beauty has been surprisingly resilient despite rocky markets.
David Coombs, head of multi-asset investments, will be outlining his latest views; updating you on fund performance and positioning and discussing some of the topics that are front of mind, including: Russian's invasion of Ukraine and its impact on world economies. And what’s next for inflation?
This month David, Will, and Craig discuss the various long and short-term market implications of the conflict between Russia and Ukraine and how they are attempting to navigate these in portfolios.
In light of the deteriorating situation in Ukraine, we have prepared a short recording to address some of the questions we have been receiving from clients over the past week. Hear how David Coombs, head of multi-asset investments, is navigating the current crisis in relation to the multi-asset portfolios.
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London has been extremely busy in a sun-drenched summer, yet a difficult winter looms. Sustainable multi-asset investment specialist Rahab Paracha asks whether luxury brands are a counterintuitive way to invest defensively in a recession.
With a tough winter approaching, our head of multi-asset investments David Coombs has dusted off the barbell. All the exercise has made him chirpier than usual.
After a hard day’s night investing clients’ cash, our head of multi-asset investments David Coombs has neglected his own savings. Yet given the Bank of England’s tough stance, are there now savings rates worth shouting about?
If you have to ask what’s going on, you’re too old. Lucky for you, our sustainable multi-asset investment specialist Rahab Paracha is (almost) young enough to get down with the kids.
With inflation running hot, senior multi-asset investment specialist Craig Brown takes stock of his forgotten subscriptions.
As our head of multi-asset investments David Coombs balks at the cost of a couple of cups of coffee, he explains why he thinks inflation may be getting close to peaking.
With inflation as hot as London in July, the technology sector has been buffeted more than most. But equity analyst Ben Derber explains why cloud computing may prove to be especially resilient.
As the Conservative Party spends the summer trying to find a new leader our head of multi-asset investments David Coombs looks at the potential impact on economic strategy.
Structural, long-term investment themes are particularly important at the moment as investors worry about the short-term outlook for many businesses. Equity analyst Ben Derber argues that cloud computing should enjoy a decade-long spending boom as enterprises seek to harness the benefits of this powerful new technology.