Space exploration as a niche investment sector

For many decades, space has been humanity’s ultimate final frontier. Back in the 1960s space exploration was a key item on the agendas of the world’s most powerful governments. In fact, the US government used to spend up to 4% of its federal budget on advances in rocketry. Since then, however, governments have focused on more immediate challenges here on Earth. Yet the last 10 years have seen a resurgence in this area with a new and powerful player coming on the scene: the successful entrepreneu

How to relax and learn to love sustainable investing

Sustainable investing, SRI, ESG, green funds… the jargon used to describe the concept of investing using ethical and sustainability considerations continues to grow, and with it so does the confusion around the topic. Experts themselves often struggle to provide clear definitions and terms are used interchangeably, making this area a minefield for investors. Lee Qian, one of the managers of the £45m Baillie Gifford Positive Change fund, said: “The whole area is full of jargon. Different people

Investing in Artificial Intelligence

The use of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning is a relatively new concept in the world of investment, but it is one that is increasingly gaining traction and its popularity is only set to growth along with technological advances. In a recent report, Thematic Investing: Transforming World, Bank of America Merrill Lynch identified big data and AI as one of the five key themes set to shape our world in the next five years, with areas such as technology, e-commerce and payments seein

Is now the time to invest in China?

China has been in the headlines over the past year, and not for the best reason. A key story dominating the news has been the escalating trade war between China and the US, which dampened investor sentiment towards Asia as a whole during 2018. Investors were concerned about major tariffs being imposed on Chinese goods by US president Donald Trump, ranging from 10% to 25% on a wide range of industrial and consumer goods. The duties imposed already in 2018 total $250bn, and an additional $267bn

Managers warned unhedged global bonds could see 'huge losses' if sterling rebounds

The pound had fallen around 16% since the EU referendum in 2016 UK investors have been warned global bond funds that do not hedge their holdings back into sterling are exposing themselves to potential huge losses in the event sterling bounces back from its current lows, with many investment professionals agreeing the currency is undervalued. Having fallen around 16% since the EU referendum in 2016, the pound has been hovering around lows of $1.23 to $1.25 over the last couple of months amid Br

Should you be investing in the Russian stock market?

There are not many equity markets in the world that are as unloved as Russia, which is now the cheapest country in the MSCI Emerging Markets index as foreign investors are staying firmly away from its stock market. As of the end of April, the MSCI Russia index traded at a price-to- earnings ratio of 6x and a price-to-book value of 1x, compared to a 12.2x forward p/e ratio for the MSCI Emerging Markets index and 23x for its most expensive constituent, India. Yet investors may be surprised to fi

One in three European equity funds to be focused on ESG by 2030

Analysts predict ESG investing in EU equities will rise by up to €1.1bn by the end of the decade In a paper looking at the future of ESG investing, Bank of America Merrill Lynch (BofAML) has predicted that assets under management in ESG equity funds based in Europe will rise by €1trn by 2030. Over the past two years, flows into ESG funds have gone up eight-fold, while the number of ESG funds available in the market now surpasses 1,000, a 40-times increase in the past decade. Europe is the...

What are the Alternatives to Absolute Return Funds?

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Don't Give Up on Active Managers Just Yet

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Exchange Traded Commodities (ETCs): a passive path to invest along

A particularly popular type of exchange-traded product with investors recently has been exchange-trade commodities (ETC), as volatile markets caused a flight to safety – and therefore into gold. In fact, gold has been so popular that its price soared to an eight-year high, touching £1,176 on 30 July, according to online and mobile-app trading platform BullionVault. Over the year to 2 August, gold exchange traded products (ETP) have taken in €6.2bn, according to TrackInsight. At times like these
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