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Singapore is 2nd most sustainable investment market: Schroders

(June 11): Switzerland, Singapore and the US are the most sustainable investment markets in the world and companies listed in these countries are delivering the most positive social and environmental benefits, research by Schroders has revealed.

Indonesia, Russia and Thailand were found to be the least sustainable markets, with companies in these countries having the most negative social and environmental impacts. Europe accounts for seven of the world’s top 10 most sustainable markets, while the least sustainable were resource-dependent emerging markets.

Why 2019 might be a better year for investors: Schroders

After the disappointment of 2018, Schroders chief executive Peter Harrison rounds up the factors its fund managers think could lead to a brighter year ahead.

SINGAPORE (Jan 2): 2018 has been a disappointing year for most investors. Almost all markets, both stocks and bonds, fell in value last year, under pressure from rising interest rates, political developments such as Brexit, and the trade dispute between the US and China. With hindsight, markets were priced for perfection at the start of the year and were vulnerable to bad news - and there has been plenty of that.

Vital to monitor EM developments to uncover future opportunities: Schroders

SINGAPORE (Nov 15): The dynamism and structural growth story of emerging market (EM) equities may play a crucial role in helping investors meet their goals, according to a recent report by Schroder Investment Management (Singapore).

In the view of Schroders investment writer Andrew Rymer, the widely-followed MSCI Emerging Markets Index, which comprises 24 emerging market (EM) countries, provides a good gauge of the opportunity set available to global investors.

10 events that matter to investors in final quarter of 2018

(Oct 9): With the final quarter of 2018 fast approaching, we look at the key events on the agenda for investors. As many northern hemisphere investors get their feet back under their desks after the summer break, we look at the key events and themes likely to be on the agenda for September and the fourth quarter of 2018.

Is the high cost of living in global cities worth it?

SINGAPORE (Sept 27): Global cities seem to continue to attract young professionals, despite the high costs of housing, according to Schroders.

In a September report, Tom Walker and Hugo Machin, co-heads of global real estate, securities, says, “Despite the cost, there are sound reasons why global cities continue to attract young professionals. We would argue that it’s misguided to focus on the high housing costs; being located in a global city is good value."

How is the world economy faring amid US-China trade tensions?

SINGAPORE (Aug 28): Although near-term activity indicators remain stable, global growth appears to be losing momentum in 2018, compared to 2017 when major regions were accelerating.

Currently, Asia and Europe appear to be slowing, diverging from the US, which is still experiencing strong growth.

In a Schroders TalkingPoint report, chief economist and strategist Keith Wade sees three main factors as contributing to what seems to be a summer hiatus and whether these are likely to have a permanent or temporary effect.

1. Cooling China

Schroders launches new fund to deliver stable returns with reduced risk in 'all market conditions'

SINGAPORE (Aug 16): Schroder Investment Management (Singapore) has launched its new fund, the Schroder ISF Global Target Return, which aims to “grow wealth and preserve capital in all market conditions” by flexibly investing across asset classes globally.

This includes a diversified range of growth, defensive and diversifying assets from more than 40 countries across 15,000 stocks, 18,000 bonds and other investments such as alternatives and currencies.  

Global economic growth is expected to rise, but it might not bode well for investors

SINGAPORE (Apr 4): Schroders is raising its global growth forecasts for the next two years on the back of buoyant economic activity, but warns of uncertainty for investors amid a corresponding rise in interest rates.

“Donald Trump’s plan to boost the US government’s spending by $300 billion has added fuel to a US and global economy already firing on all cylinders,” says Keith Wade, Schroders’ chief economist and strategist in an April note.

However, Wade believes global economic growth will be spurred by more than just the US’s spending plans.

In 2018, reliable income does not come by easy

SINGAPORE (Feb 21): These days, reliable income is hard to come by.

Income is a top objective for most investors and it is the main outcome they want to achieve when investing.

After the Global Financial Crisis (GFC), relying on “old-school” savings products, such as depositing money in a savings account or purchasing government bonds, as a sole source of income came to an end.

See: Could we see a return to living on interest income?

3 driving forces behind European equities in 2018: Schroders

SINGAPORE (Jan 2): Schroders is of the view that Pan-European equities will continue to enjoy good prospects in 2018 – even after their recent gains brought long-term valuations close to historic averages, with the MSCI Europe index up 9.3% year-to-date (YTD).

In spite of ongoing geopolitical events such as Italy’s impending May elections and ongoing Brexit talks in the UK, the global investment manager sees volatility around political events as a potential buying opportunity for active managers to purchase undervalued stocks.

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