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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
David Roberts

Why I remain bearish on gilts (despite supportive data)

As weak headline data in the UK continue to support gilts, David Roberts explains why he is reluctant to invest in the asset class and predicts more turbulence to come for all things British as Brexit rumbles on. Read more
Mike Appleby

Reappraising the social networks

Given the rapid development of social networks across multiple areas, Mike Appleby says close scrutiny is required to ensure these businesses have a positive impact on society and are suitable for sustainable investors. The answer, for certain names, appears to be no at this stage. Read more
David Roberts

Trade, Italy and QE unwind will remain key in second half of 2018

After a tough first half for most asset classes (apart from US tech stocks and oil), David Roberts looks at prospects for the rest of 2018. Read more
Simon Clements

The Cobot revolution

Rising interest in robotics has understandably led to concerns about how this innovation might affect the workforce. Simon Clements makes the case for the small but fast-growing collaborative robot space, which work alongside people rather than replacing them while also improving efficiency and safety. Read more

Why flexibility is key in current bond markets

Stuart Steven & Aitken Ross

With interest rates rising and bonds facing a more challenging environment, Stuart Steven and Aitken Ross outline how a flexible fund mandate will be key – especially with short-dated bonds looking unappealing. Read more
Olly Russ

Italy – don’t mistake a negotiating tactic for a genuine attempt to leave the euro

Long read: Olly Russ analyses how Italy’s EU negotiating tactics have opened up an investment opportunity. Read more
James Inglis-Jones

Fragile market outlook no obstacle to investment conviction

The Cashflow Solution team has recently completed its annual forensic analysis of European companies’ reports and accounts, identifying ‘fragile market conditions’. With the European Central Bank recently announcing a withdrawal of its bond-buying stimulus later this year, this may seem a concerning state of affairs, but James explains why an uncertain backdrop isn’t necessarily a hindrance. Read more
David Roberts

How to make money from bonds in a falling market

With government bonds expensive against long-run averages and policy moving back towards ‘old normal’ territory, investors are understandably asking how to make money from bonds. David Roberts outlines his current strategy. Read more
David Roberts

Mario – super once more?

Still dovish, or sharp talons and a clawed beak? David Roberts runs the rule over last week’s ECB announcement, including what he sees as a mistaken promise not to hike interest rates until late next year (at the earliest). Read more
John Husselbee

The beautiful game - tactics for successful fund management

With the World Cup kicking off in Russia tomorrow, John Husselbee reveals several insights the beautiful game can offer the world of investing. Read more
Shashank Savla

More Indian rate rises likely after first since 2014

Shashank Savla, fund manager in the Asia team, looks at the reasons behind this week’s Indian rate rise and explains why the team holds a cautious view on Indian equities. Read more
Neil Brown

Calling for a food and drink revolution

Neil Brown on the revolution needed in food and drink, with less than a third of products considered ‘healthy’. Read more
David Roberts

Where next for Italian bonds?

David Roberts considers the prospects for Italian bonds over the next few months: will the ECB step in – and potentially help the Eurosceptics looking to form a government – at a 2.5% yield? Read more
Harriet Parker

Navigating GDPR – threats and opportunities

With the 25 May GDPR deadline fast approaching, Harriet Parker looks at the potential impact of this regulation and the companies best placed to benefit by enhancing digital security. Read more
Mark Williams

MSCI A Share inclusion - symbolic rather than significant

The Chinese A Share market is one of the biggest in the world. MSCI will be including A Shares in its indices from the end of this month, but Mark Williams believes this move is symbolic rather than significant. Read more
David Roberts

Assessing risk/reward in Argentina and Italy

David Roberts assesses risk versus reward in Argentina as it calls in the IMF, and Italy, where a summer election looks increasingly likely. Read more
Mike Appleby

Carbon exposure: mitigating risks and finding opportunities

Liontrust’s Sustainable Future Funds continue to have a considerably smaller carbon footprint than mainstream equity indices. Mike Appleby explains the team’s approach to carbon risk, which involves investing in businesses innovating in the energy space as well as avoiding fossil fuel names. Read more
Victoria Stevens

How to spot Economic Advantage in newly listed companies

Victoria Stevens reveals how the team decides whether to invest in Initial Public Offerings (IPOs). Read more
David Roberts

A return to the old normal?

With no action from the Federal Reserve overnight, commentators are suggesting it might be behind the curve and starting to take a risk with inflation. David Roberts considers early market reaction to the Fed’s hold. Read more
Phil Milburn

How much duration?

Phil Milburn explains the importance of managing absolute duration risk and not chasing the most expensive risks in the market in running the new Liontrust GF Strategic Bond Fund. Read more
Olly Russ

Can Macron usher in a Golden Decade for France?

With the French President in the midst of three months of rail strikes, Olly Russ looks at the prospects for Macron’s reform agenda. Read more
John Husselbee

How our strategic asset allocation is changing

John Husselbee lifts the lid on the scientific side of multi-asset investing, outlining the impact of our annual strategic asset allocation review. Read more
David Roberts

Italian politics – a renewed threat to the Goldilocks scenario?

David Roberts comments on current election turmoil in Italy – is this a renewed threat to the Goldilocks scenario? Read more
David Roberts

What do 3% US bond yields mean for investors?

With US 10-year bond yields breaching the 3% level today for the first time since 2014, David Roberts examines what this means for fixed income markets. Read more
David Roberts

Brexit caution should not delay rate hikes

Yesterday’s comments from Mark Carney suggest an interest rate hike in May is not a done deal. David Roberts argues that with ‘good’ and ‘bad’ Brexit scenarios both ultimately resulting in inflation, rates need to rise. Read more
Neil Brown

Ending plastic pollution – an ocean of opportunity

Earth Day 2018 is focused on global solutions to plastic pollution as waste continues to clog up our oceans. As sustainable investors, we see the financial value, the environmental and social impacts and, therefore, the benefit to our clients in companies that can help deliver this transition. Read more
Olly Russ

Europe: It’s Working Again

A booming economy, stable political backdrop and improving company profits paint a benign picture for income investing in Europe, where high-yielding companies are plentiful. Olly Russ takes a look at the numbers. Read more
Phil Milburn

The wary canary and the LIBOR OIS spread

The US 3 month LIBOR OIS spread has widened since the start of the year, prompting questions about whether this is a sign of stress in the market for the wholesale liability financing of US banks. Phil Milburn analyses what has driven the widening and what this means for investors. Read more
Kenny Watson

Is green the new black for bonds?

There was record issuance of green bonds last year and levels are expected to exceed $250bn in 2018. Kenny Watson analyses the investment case for this part of the fixed income market. Read more
Mark Williams

Damaging ‘trade war’ still looks unlikely

Earlier this month, Mark Williams commented that ‘Trade Wars’ volatility could throw up investment opportunities. Following last week’s announcement of Trump’s tariff plan, he explains why he still thinks market volatility will exceed economic impact. Read more
Simon Clements

A postcard from Asia

Fresh from seeing companies across Japan, Hong Kong and China, Simon Clements reports back on a region increasingly embracing the idea that ESG can drive long-term success. Read more
John Husselbee

All eyes on the dollar

Tracking the dollar over the next 12 months and beyond will likely give a better perspective on markets than daily newsflow, according to John Husselbee. Read more
John Husselbee

Time to re-board the value train?

John Husselbee highlights a potential opportunity in value stocks this year after a long period out of favour since the financial crisis. Read more
John Husselbee

Winning by not losing in 2018 and beyond

Following another busy asset management conference season, John Husselbee picks out key talking points for the rest of 2018. Read more
David Roberts

Trump trumps Italy?

David Roberts considers how Donald Trump’s trade war threats and a troubled Italian election could affect bond markets. Read more
Olly Russ

What do higher rates mean for European equities?

Olly Russ takes a look at which European sectors stand to benefit – and which should be avoided – as investors adjust to the likelihood of higher interest rates. Read more
Mark Williams

‘Trade Wars’ volatility could throw up investment opportunities

Donald Trump has announced import tariffs on steel and aluminium, sparking fears of trade wars. Mark Williams explains what this means for investors in Asian equities. Read more
Jamie Clark

A unique opportunity to benefit from changes in life expectancy

How can declining improvements in life expectancy be a positive for Legal & General, a constituent of the Population Ageing Macro-Theme? In his latest blog, Jamie Clark explains. Read more
Neil Brown

Calorie reduction targets lead drive towards healthier food

With tough calorie reduction targets announced for the next five years, Neil Brown highlights stocks well placed to benefit from a move towards healthier eating. Read more
David Roberts

What the new Fed Chair means for bond markets

Jerome Powell has signalled that the US central bank is likely to raise rates by another 1% during 2018. In light of this, David Roberts outlines his core views on bond markets. Read more