Global Absolute Return Strategies (GARS) Fund update
Please join us to hear an update from Katy Forbes, Head of Absolute Return, Multi-Asset Solutions, discussing the key themes within the GARS portfolio and providing a summary of our current positions during the COVID-19 pandemic.
RecordedApr 23 202036 mins
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Paul Diggle, Deputy Chief Economist + Craig MacKenzie, Head of Strategic Asset Allocation
The global economy will experience several years of above-trend growth as it rebounds out of the Covid crisis, helped by vaccine rollouts, accommodative fiscal and monetary settings, and the better adaptation of firms and households to restrictions where they remain in place. The near-term strength of demand, amid an array of supply bottlenecks, is generating a period of higher inflation. Although we expect this to be largely transitory, there will be meaningful divergences across countries and sectors. How will these themes play out – and what are the implications for our investments today?
Please join us for the Global Economic Outlook - A divergent recovery virtual event, where will take a deeper dive into these key questions, and more.
Gerry Fowler, Investment Director & Katy Forbes, Head of Absolute Return
Join us for our webinar where David Bint, Multi-Asset Investment Specialist will host a discussion with Gerry Fowler, Investment Director of Global Multi-Asset Strategies and Katy Forbes, Head of Absolute Return.
The 3 topics that they are going to cover in this webcast are:
- The key themes within the Global Absolute Return Strategies (GARS) portfolio
- How the fund has performed during the quarter
- Providing a summary of our current positions and outlook for Q2 2021.
There will be the opportunity to ask questions. Unstructured CPD certificates will be available to access from the attachments after the webinar.
Sarah Norris, Investment Director - European Equities, Vannessa Whitehead
Since the Fund’s inception in October 2017, impact investing has grown from a fledgling discipline into a mainstream one. In part, we could puts its increasing interest down to a series of world events. Many issues are prompting investors to invest for a positive change, as well as a positive return. These include the current global pandemic, extreme weather incidents and wildfires, more inequality and increasing populist politics.
We would like to invite you to join us at 10am on Thursday 15th April to learn about impact investing, give you an update on the Global Equity Impact Fund, and to review the EU’s Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation (SFDR).
Graham McCraw (Investment Specialist) and Kirsty Desson (Investment Director)
Many investors avoid smaller companies because they believe they are too risky. We believe this is a mistake. Not only have global smallers been less risky that their Europe ex-UK large-cap equivalents – they have also outperformed over most timeframes and geographies*.
That’s why, as we enter a post-pandemic world, we think investors should consider a long-term allocation to the asset class as part of their wider portfolios.
Why invest in smaller companies?
The case for smaller companies is strong. This includes compelling relative valuations, diversification benefits and a wealth of high-quality stocks from across the corporate world. However, this is a huge, under-researched universe. Finding the right opportunities requires resources, experience and a global reach.
That’s why we invite you to our webinar. Here, smaller-company specialists Graham McCraw and Kirsty Desson will layout the case for the asset-class. This includes where they are seeing the best opportunities – and what these could mean for your portfolios.
There will also be an opportunity to ask any questions you have on this topic and more.
* MSCI All Country World Index and MSCI All Country World Small Cap Index. Source: Aberdeen Standard Investments, 01 January 2001 to 31 December 2020, in GBP
Luke Powell, Real Estate Specialist Distribution and Marc Pamin, Deputy Head of Residential
The real estate market is going through a period of profound structural change. Covid-19 has to a large extent accelerated these changes. Some sectors, like retail, face long-term challenges, while others, like logistics, are benefiting from structural tailwinds. It has never been more important to take a step back and assess whether one’s real estate holdings are ‘future fit’ – that is, equipped to continue to deliver performance in this dynamic environment.
Join our seminar on 18 March at 11:00 in which we will focus on two parts of the market that look well placed to continue to flourish in a post-Covid world – long income and residential real estate. Both of these areas have the potential to provide investors with sources of sustainable income, something that is even more important in a world that continues to be marked by low interest rates and low bond yields.
In our latest webinar, Ben Ritchie, Head of European Equites, talks the major themes that he believes will drive portfolio returns. These include Europe’s lead in responsible capitalism, strengths in intellectual property and expertise in business-to-business tech. He’ll also argue why we believe investors should consider a balanced approach in the current climate.
Meanwhile, Rosie French will discuss all things ESG. This includes the investments risks and opportunities we are seeing when it comes to climate change.
These are challenging times for fixed-income investors. Yields are historically low or negative in many cases. With economies ravaged by Covid, interest rates look set remain depressed for the foreseeable future. So, what should investor do?
Please join us in our forthcoming webinar where we make the case for European credit, particularly investment grade.
First up, Craig MacDonald, Global Head of Fixed Income, will give his views on the current market. This includes where he sees the most compelling investment opportunities, but he will also look to the future. Here, he will discuss the trends, sectors and companies that should shape credit as we (hopefully) move into a post-pandemic world. He will also discuss the increasingly prominent role ESG (environmental social and governance) factors will play in the asset class.
Of course, finding investment opportunities takes careful selection of issuers and issues. Robust research and risk-aware portfolio construction are more important than ever. With that in mind, Felix Freund, Head of European Credit, will take you through ASI’s current and future investment solutions, designed to meet our clients’ needs.
Christopher Nichols, Craig MacKenzie, Aymeric Forest
Given the current environment, flexible outcomes-based investments are more sought-after than ever. That’s why we believe now is the time to once again consider an allocation to multi-asset.
In our webcast, Justin Simler - Head of Multi-Asset Product Strategy, makes the case multi-asset. Notably, how innovation is creating an ever-richer ecosystem for experienced, well-resourced managers.
Meanwhile, Craig MacKenzie - Head of Strategic Asset Allocation, will discuss the numerous benefits of fully imbedding ESG (environmental, social and governance) considerations into the investment process. Indeed, the world is undergoing major societal, environmental and economic changes. Multi-asset can help investors access the opportunities these create. Craig will also detail developments we have made in this space. In particular, he will introduce our proprietary climate scenario analysis tool.
Lastly, Aymeric Forest - Global Head of Multi-Asset Solutions, will look to the future. He will highlight the three disrupters that will shape multi-asset over the coming years – technological shifts, growing imbalances and ESG. Importantly, he will detail the how multi-asset investors can position themselves to benefit from these trends.
You will also have the opportunity to ask questions.
Gerry Fowler, Investment Director of Global Multi-Asset Strategies
Listen to an update from Gerry Fowler, Investment Director of Global Multi-Asset Strategies, discuss the key themes within the Global Absolute Return Strategies (GARS) portfolio, how the fund has performed during the quarter and provides a summary of the current positions and outlook for the remainder of Q1 2021.
In this webinar Donald Amstad, Head of Investment Specialists Asia will provide an update and outlook on China, including his views on China's ability to 'go green'.
Also presenting is Nick Yeo, Head of Equities - China who will give an asset class update.
Join ASI for a live hedge fund review and outlook. Duncan Moir will recap hedge fund and liquid alternative benchmark performance in the third quarter. Darren Wolf, ASI’s alternatives global head of investments will discuss the resurgence in stock picking and provide some insight into the team’s hedge fund outlook for 2021.
Emma Scott, Investment Manager, and Scott Kay, Senior Investment Specialist
Please join us to hear an update from Emma Scott, Investment Manager, and Scott Kay, Senior Investment Specialist, covering key themes within the portfolio and a summary of current positions and outlook.
There will be an opportunity to submit questions during the webcast.
Gerry Fowler, Investment Director of Global Multi-Asset Strategies
Listen to an update from Gerry Fowler, Investment Director of Global Multi-Asset Strategies, discuss the key themes within the Global Absolute Return Strategies (GARS) portfolio, how the fund has performed during the quarter and provide a summary of our current positions as we prepare for a cold and harsh winter.
Jeremy Lawson, James McCann, Timothy Skiendzielewski, Brett Diment, Gerry Fowler
Join us live as we discuss the results of the US election. Our Chief Economist, Jeremy Lawson and our Senior Global Economist, James McCann will be joined by a panel of experts across Multi-Asset, US Equities and Emerging Markets to talk you through the impacts of the presidential election result. Our panel will share research and discuss their thoughts to help provide you with insight during these unprecedented times. Find out what the implications are for investors and ask your questions to our panel of experts.