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Liontrust’s long-term relationships

Matt Tonge, Mike Appleby, Olly Russ, Carolyn Chan, Stephen Bailey & Samantha Gleave

Ahead of Valentine’s Day, our fund managers discuss the long-term relationships they’ve had with companies they invest in and why, even after years together, they still find them attractive. Read more
Jack Willis

Fallen angel risk – not all BBB bonds are created equal

Recent comments from Big Short guru Steve Eisman about growing risk in the BBB bond space have understandably raised concerns. Jack Willis argues that the increasing size and scope of this sector precludes sweeping judgements and explains how an active approach can sidestep the higher-risk segments. Read more
Mike Appleby

The materials challenge – from linear to circular

While plastic pollution continues to dominate the news agenda, Mike Appleby explains how a more nuanced look at the broader materials sector can potentially reap rewards for investors. Read more
David Roberts

Reconciling eurozone inflation and a German budget surplus

David Roberts suggests European Central Bank policy to keep interest rates at emergency levels – despite stable inflation – continues to distort markets. Read more
Stephen Bailey

A Scarce Resource update in three charts

Stephen Bailey explains why a mining industry focused on value rather than volume is good news for shareholders. Read more
Mark Williams

Will these five stocks hog the limelight in the Year of the Pig?

新年快乐. It’s the Year of the Pig and Mark Williams from the Liontrust Asia Income team discusses five Chinese stocks for the year ahead. Read more
Phil Milburn

Are we nearly there yet?

Bond market reaction to yesterday’s dovish Fed comments suggests this new policy stance is wrong given current data. Wages are rising, inflation near target; Phil Milburn discusses how this is not the time to stop tightening and increases the risk of sharp correction. Read more
John Husselbee

How to avoid FOMO investing

With fear of missing out tendencies driving investor behaviour over recent years, John Husselbee stresses the importance of ignoring market noise. Read more
David Roberts

Where is the emergency?

Following yesterday’s ECB meeting, David Roberts questions why emergency policy rates are needed when Super Mario has our back. Read more

Liontrust’s Seven New Year Opportunities

Mike Appleby, David Roberts, Olly Russ, Mark Williams, Jamie Clark, John Husselbee & Victoria Stevens

Market turbulence kept investors on their toes at the end of 2018. Amid all the uncertainty, see what opportunities Liontrust fund managers are finding in 2019. Read more
Jamie Clark

Five key Macro Themes for 2019

'Rising Rates' and 'Ageing Population' are two of the Liontrust Macro Thematic team’s key themes for 2019. Find out what other top-down factors are driving the team’s portfolio positioning heading into next year. Read more
Shashank Savla

Indian state election results increase populist tendencies

The recent state election in India left the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party weakened ahead of national elections next year. Shashank Savla looks at what the road ahead looks like for fiscal and monetary policy and what this means for India’s investment case. Read more
David Roberts

What to expect from bonds in 2019

There have been few safe havens in bonds in 2018. In a long read, David Roberts reviews 2018 and discusses prospects and opportunities for bond markets next year. Read more
Matt McLoughlin

Liontrust’s traders go Christmas shopping

With the season very much upon us, Liontrust’s Head of Trading Matt McLoughlin, outlines what Christmas shopping and the day job have in common. Read more
Jamie Clark

Time to plug into a utility stock

The Macro-Thematic team have included a utility company in their portfolios for the first time in six years. Jamie Clark reveals which stock they have selected. Read more
David Roberts

Opportunity knocks in high yield

Why we have tripled our high yield exposure in our Strategic Bond funds. Read more
Simon Clements

Simon Clements’ letter from America

As those across the Atlantic gear up for a day of feasting, “football” and family this Thanksgiving Thursday, Simon Clements reflects on his recent trip to the US, and the investment opportunities arising in Boston, Chicago and Milwaukee. Read more
Neil Brown

Europe acts to tackle single-use plastics

Neil Brown highlights boost for companies tackling plastic pollution as European politicians look to ban worst single-use products. Read more
Olly Russ

Using the return of volatility to boost income

The European Central Bank is due to end its bond-buying programme next month, in what should be an inflection point for market volatility. Find out how Olly Russ is exploiting this volatility to generate extra portfolio income. Read more
Mark Williams

Trade war perceptions shift ahead of US mid-terms

The US-China ‘trade war’ has become a defining feature of 2018. Mark Williams asks what role next week’s US mid-term elections may have played in the escalation of tensions; explains why recent falls leave markets looking oversold; and takes a look at the longer-term consequences for investing in Asia. Read more
Phil Milburn

End of the beginning?

Does the recent volatility mean this is the end of the beginning or the beginning of the end? Phil Milburn analyses where we are in the market cycle and what this means for investors. Read more

Liontrust’s Ghoulish Gallery

David Roberts, Jamie Clark, Mike Appleby, Mark Williams, Olly Russ, James Inglis-Jones, Victoria Stevens & John Husselbee

We have put together 8 scary investment charts for Hallowe’en. If you feel brave enough, brace yourself and enter our fund managers’ ghoulish gallery. Read more
Stuart Steven

Managing funds in a more volatile market

Global bond markets are experiencing increased volatility and therefore the heightened potential for macro shocks. Stuart Steven, co-manager of the Liontrust Monthly Income Bond Fund, explains the tools that can be used to seek to manage volatility and mitigate against macro shocks. Read more
Oisin O'Leary

Why the bond sell-off is good news for value investors

Rising bond yields are leading to nascent signs of recovery in Europe’s unloved ‘value’ stocks. This is good news for investors – such as us – with a portfolio tilt towards traditional value sectors like financials. Read more
David Roberts

Why we continue to avoid Italy

Any investors shorting Italian government bonds will have suffered during September. David Roberts explains that while Italian debt will begin to look attractive again, he is yet to start investing. Read more
Jamie Clark

Brexit – it’s better to arrive than to travel

How is forecasting Brexit similar to the Roman practice of haruspicy? Read Jamie Clark’s latest blog to find out. Read more

How we're investing in a fast changing world

Peter Michaelis, Simon Clements & Neil Brown

Our five themes for Good Money Week Read more
David Roberts

A change of tack for Super Mario

With cracks starting to appear in core European debt, David Roberts reflects on an apparent change of tone for ECB President Mario Draghi Read more
Simon Clements

Constructing a revolution

Design errors on large construction projects can cost millions to fix and waste huge amounts of time. Simon Clements outlines advances in Building Information Modelling (BIM), which is revolutionising how these projects are managed, and the investment opportunities this is presenting. Read more
Mike Appleby

Assessing the social side of ESG

Social is the toughest of the ESG trio to analyse but with growing client demand for data on how companies affect people’s everyday lives, Mike Appleby highlights the team’s developing work with social indicators. Read more

Lehman Brothers – 10 years on: lessons learnt

In the third and final instalment of a series marking the 10-year anniversary of Lehman Brothers’ collapse, Liontrust fund managers reflect on the lessons learnt from the Global Financial Crisis (GFC) and how close we are to it happening again. Read more
Jack Willis

Opportunities coming down the line for telecoms

With the telecoms sector returning to growth, Jack Willis explains why this is one of the favoured areas for the Liontrust Monthly Income Bond Fund and where they are finding investment opportunities. Read more
Matt Tonge

How we’re playing the video gaming market

Liontrust UK Micro Cap co-manager Matt Tonge explains how he’s playing the video gaming market. Read more
Peter Michaelis

How our themes are evolving

Every summer, the Sustainable Investment team analyses and challenges all its themes to ensure they can drive performance in the future. Peter Michaelis explains how the latest review has led to the removal of four themes and the addition of two new ones. Read more

Lehman Brothers – 10 years on: the policy response

Phil Milburn, Olly Russ, James Inglis-Jones, Anthony Cross & Jamie Clark

In the second of a three-part series to mark the 10-year anniversary of Lehman Brothers’ collapse, Liontrust fund managers discuss the policy response to the Global Financial Crisis (GFC), the impact on capital markets and the outlook now as the emergency policy measures for developed markets are being withdrawn. Read more
David Roberts

10 alternative trades I could have done in summer

Following on from revealing ten potential summer trades last month, David Roberts has gone back to his ideas book to find ten further opportunities for the more risk tolerant bond investors out there. Read more
Martyn Jones

An ocean of opportunity (in fishing nets and carpets)

With plastic pollution continuing to dominate headlines, Martyn Jones highlights a recent stock addition to our SF funds that is making waves in the growing area of regenerated materials. Read more
John Husselbee

Jellyfish, roast Turkey and a lucky gold ring

John Husselbee surveys the investment landscape as summer draws to a close, with recent months reinforcing the importance of riding out short-term market stings. Read more
David Roberts

Trio of concerns start to bite

With markets growing jittery as QE fears, Italian debt worries and emerging market selloffs start to bite, David Roberts outlines his current thinking. Read more

Lehman Brothers – 10 years on

Jamie Clark, Phil Milburn, Peter Michaelis, Julian Fosh & Olly Russ

Ten years on from the collapse of Lehman Brothers, Liontrust’s fund managers look back at the defining moment of the Global Financial Crisis (GFC), how it unfolded, and why it still matters. Here, in the first of a three-part series, our investment teams discuss its impact on the banking sector. Read more
Victoria Stevens

The bittersweet taste of company takeovers

Stock-picking success or fund managers’ frustration? Victoria Stevens, fund manager in the Economic Advantage team, takes a look at the sometimes bittersweet experience of takeover approaches on fund holdings. Read more
Kenny Watson

What does the new environment for bonds mean for investors?

With central banks finally tightening after a decade of loose policy, Kenny Watson examines this much-changed and more challenging backdrop for bonds and what investors can expect from the asset class. Read more
John Husselbee

Why comparing bull markets is baseless

With much being made of the S&P 500 hitting its longest ever bull run, John Husselbee considers what this record means and how much further it could go. Read more
Donald Phillips

The pitfalls of being too benchmark aware

Turkey comprises just 2% of the global high yield market and yet accounted for close to 90% of its (negative) return in the first half of August. Donald Phillips analyses why investing relative to a benchmark is fraught with danger. Read more
Jamie Clark

Annuity trends boost life insurers – largest component of ‘Population Ageing’ theme

UK life insurers represent the bulk of the Macro-Thematic team’s 'Population Ageing' theme. In this blog, Jamie Clark reviews the latest sets of results from the sector and evaluates the evidence supporting their investment case. Read more
Phil Milburn

The equilibrium interest rate (r*) in the UK

Why have equilibrium UK rates fallen so much? Read more
David Roberts

10 potential summer trades for bond investors

The great advantage for active bond investors is that rates cycles are messed up at present and differentials between major markets are extreme. David Roberts highlights 10 potential trades for bond investors in the current market environment. Read more
Stephen Bailey

Prospecting among the unforgiven miners

Following the release of strong Rio Tinto results, Stephen Bailey explains why the Liontrust Macro-Thematic team sees opportunity in the unloved mining sector and the initiation of a new Macro theme: Resource Scarcity. Read more
Jamie Clark

No smoke without fire?

The recent fall in tobacco stocks may be seen by some as a buying opportunity into a popular sector for equity income managers. However, the Liontrust Macro-Thematic team argues that the sector still faces structural problems and they maintain their zero weighting. Read more
Donald Phillips

Moving the target

Donald Phillips outlines why the team has opted to use a new performance target to measure success on the Liontrust GF High Yield Bond Fund. Read more