2018 has been a tough year for most asset classes as a broad range of concerns have surfaced to weigh on investor sentiment. Investors hate uncertainty and there has been plenty of that for them to digest.
Are all these concerns justified or has there been a divergence between perception and reality? We will look at a number of the more important concerns that are likely to shape the outlook for financial markets in 2019 to see whether that is the case or not:
• Economic growth and inflation outlook
• Monetary policy outlook
• Market valuations
Join us as Charlie Thomas will consider how three related investment drivers of People, Policy and Technological Progress are shaping the landscape for sustainable investment, connecting the dots between a burgeoning global ‘middle class’, the mounting challenge of plastic waste, and a transformation of how we consume energy.
The webinar will also look ahead to the looming prospect of far-reaching regulation of sustainable investment and ESG in 2019, drawing conclusions on whether this will help or hinder investors.
Robotics, automation & artificial intelligence (RAAI) may be one of the most important investment opportunities of our generation. The multi- decade transition to a world dominated by RAAI technologies is still in its infancy and the ingredients for a major breakthrough are already in place.
In this webinar, Edward Park is joined by Richard Lightbound of Robo Global, who will discuss the investment themes that they believe will shape this exciting opportunity. The revolution is happening now!
Richard Lightbound has worked for 15+ years within the financial services sector with Wells Fargo and Standard Chartered Bank in senior management positions with responsibility for Institutional and Corporate clients across Europe, MENA and Asia. Richard enjoyed a 7 year break from banking to join an early cloud computing company funded by Warburg Pincus and now part of Infor. Richard launched and managed operations across Asia and Europe. In 2014 Richard joined ROBO Global and in addition to managing daily operations in Europe and Asia, he is responsible for executing business strategy and serves on the Index Committee. Richard is a frequent speaker at Robotics & Automation conferences and events. During his career Richard has lived and worked in Hong Kong, USA, Europe and Sri Lanka.
Jonathan Webster-Smith will present an update of the performance of our Managed Portfolio Service and will be joined by Edward Rumble of RWC partners who will be presenting fundamental analysis of, and the alpha opportunity in European equities
Following a strong 2017, Emerging Market equities have retreated over 15% from their highs in January 2018. But what’s driven this underperformance? And what’s the outlook for earnings over the next year?
Join us as James Ashley, Head of International Market Strategy at Goldman Sachs, discusses the Emerging Markets, covering:
- The macro background;
- EM fundamentals and
- Performance outlook.
Andrew Denham-Davis, Defaqto, Dan Hurdley (ARC), Gary Crossley (threesixty), Matt Ward (AKG)
Featuring guest speakers from Defaqto, Asset Risk Consultants, threesixty and AKG Financial Analytics, the webinar will assist professional advisers and paraplanners with the seven-step approach to DFM due diligence.
Rather than de-globalising, we believe the world has entered a new era defined by intangible flows of data and information, based on powerful new digital infrastructure. This is not purely driven by large, western multinational companies, but also allowing small and medium-sized enterprises from emerging markets which are ‘born global’ and to become micro multinationals from day one. Join us as Steve discusses some of the major implications of this convergence between globalisation and digitisation, and how this is creating truly global markets and changing the economics of doing business. He will go on to explain how companies with innovative business models and disruptive technologies are altering the landscape and how they are well suited to adapt and survive in the current environment of escalating trade tensions.
Mike Riddell will talk about the macroeconomic risks to global financial markets, and some of the signals that suggest the next recession may be sooner than many people think. The talk will touch on the risks posed by global trade wars, tighter monetary policy, commodity prices and China.
• Volatility over the last 10 years has been suppressed by central banks, but if history is any guide, recent monetary policy tightening is a lead indicator of greater asset price volatility and higher risk premia.
• Tighter monetary policy contributes to slower real money supply growth, which is also a lead indictor for global economic activity.
• Higher commodity prices are a sign of strong current growth, but they also imply weaker future growth.
Since the Global Financial Crisis a decade ago, markets have witnessed Growth outperforming Value over an unprecedented period. In this webinar Hugh Sergeant, Chief Investment Officer and manager of the Recovery Strategies at River and Mercantile Asset Management, explains why we now find ourselves in one of the most exciting points of his 30 year investment career. Describing value investing and the value cycle, Hugh will demonstrate how the dispersion between Value and Growth investment styles has now reached such a point that it has created a myriad of opportunities spanning stocks, sectors and geography.
MiFID II is nearly upon us. This webinar will aim to cover the key considerations of the forthcoming MiFID II legislation – what they are and how they will affect your business.
This will include:
What is it?
Costs and Charges Disclosure
LEIs and Client identifiers
Brooks Macdonald web-conferences are hosted by investment managers and members of the investment committee. They provide valuable insight into world markets, investment and fund strategies and governance.