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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Rod Davidson, Luke Hickmore, Liam O'Donnell, Andrew Stanners, Mark Munro
Rod Davidson, Head of Fixed Income Investment Specialists, hosts a panel discussion with Luke Hickmore, Liam O'Donnell, Andrew Stanners and Mark Munro. He will provide a brief update on the fixed income market and then introduce the panel for our fixed income solutions, Luke and Liam will cover our Strategic Bond strategy, Andrew will discuss our Emerging Market Total Return Bond Strategy and Mark will cover our Total Return Credit strategy, before returning back to Rod to summarise where next for Fixed Income.
Gerry Fowler, Investment Director of Global Multi-Asset Strategies
Please join us for 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 Q2 2021.
Craig Mackenzie, Head of Strategic Asset Allocation (SAA) Research, will give a brief update into why a climate solutions proposition might be a good edition to your portfolio. Then he will be joined by a special guest from The Big Issue Group (TBIG), Nigel Kershaw OBE, who will discuss our partnership with them to launch the Multi-Asset Climate Solutions (MACS) Fund. The Fund is for investors who want their savings to be invested in companies whose products and services play a pivotal role in mitigating climate change and other environmental harm.
Join us to hear from Tom Dorner, Investment Director and Stuart Brown, Investment Director as they give an update on the ASI Europe ex UK Income Equity Fund and what the first 100 days of running the fund has been like for them. They will cover the performance, activity and outlook of the fund and then open the floor to some questions.
Unstructured CPD certificates will be available to access from the attachments after the webinar.
We hope you can join us for our breakfast briefing focusing on innovative ways to gain exposure to real estate. Anne Breen, Head of Real Estate Investment Strategy will give her thematic view on the market and why you should consider investing in the asset class. Svitlana Gubriy, Head of listed funds will talk about our Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs). Finally, we will be joined by an external speaker from Tritax who will give a granular view of the market and discuss an investment opportunity called BBOX.
Rory Maguire, MD of Fundhouse will lead the discussion on why now is not the time to give up on fixed income. Rory will be joined by Colin Finlayson from Aegon and Roger Webb from Aberdeen Standard Investments and answering the questions asked by Octo Members including:
How should we assess the current macro environment? Is inflation or deflation the bigger threat in the medium term?
Is the rise in long-term US bond yields sustainable?
How far up the risk spectrum are you prepared to go?
Will the pandemic lead to higher default rates and how will this impact portfolios?
Where are the best opportunities for sustainable yield presently?
Is fixed income still a working diversifier should risk assets take a tumble?
Join the debate and ask your burning question
Andrew Millington, Head of UK Equities, provides his insights on the current opportunity set in UK equities before opening the floor to questions.
This series of events will be your opportunity to reach out directly to our portfolio managers and ask them any questions that you may have on markets, portfolio positioning and our views going forward. The sessions will take place once a month, and will see a host of our portfolio managers providing insight on market developments in the context of their respective funds.
Ben Yearsley, Colin Liang, Mithran Sudhir, Devan Kaloo
Ben Yearsley co-founder of Fairview Investing will be taking a fresh look at Asia with Devan Kaloo, Global Head of Equities & Head of Global Emerging Markets Equities, Aberdeen Standard Investments, Mithran Sudhir, Portfolio Manager, Goldman Sachs Asset Management and Colin Liang, Head of China Research, RWC
Answering such questions as:
- How have Asian economies faired during the pandemic? What’s changed?
- How do the opportunities differ in Asia’s developed and emerging economies?
- Should we have faith in Asian policymakers to keep growth on track?
- How transparent are Asian businesses? Can outside investors get the access they need?
- Is the China growth miracle still intact?
- Is Japan now past its ‘lost decades’?
China opened its economy to the world 40 years ago. Now markets are opening up too, as global indices add China’s stocks and bonds. As a result, investors can take advantage of the massive opportunities China has to offer. However, many are nervous about the risks involved, especially around environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues.
We are here to help. We have invested in China for over 30 years and ESG considerations have always been at the heart of our approach. Today, we are more optimistic than ever, as ESG standards improve and China commits to being carbon neutral.
To find out more about China’s risks and opportunities, listen to our one-hour online seminar where we explore the case for investing in China’s growth story, with a focus on ESG.
The event also offers a unique opportunity to hear from our Chairman Sir Douglas Flint. He has deep experience on the strategic factors that influence China. Sir Douglas is the UK Treasury’s special envoy for China’s Belt and Road Initiative and was HSBC Chairman from 2010 to 2017.
Until recently, there has been a glaring absence of benchmark options in the hedge-fund space. In the past, hedge-fund investors have had only two options for benchmarking: theoretical indices from hedge-fund databases or “cash-plus” targets. Today, however, true benchmarks exist that can help hedge-fund investors evaluate active strategies and provide alternatives to an active approach.
Join us Duncan Moir, Senior Investment Manager, Alternative Investment Strategies at ASI outlines the evolution of hedge-fund benchmarking and how today’s investors may stand to benefit.
We hope you can join us for our first breakfast briefing session of 2021 focusing on the upside for UK equities. Andrew Millington, Head of UK Equities, will be strengthening the case for the asset class. Abby Glennie, Deputy Head of Smaller Companies, will be looking at how investing in Quality Growth businesses is a route to thriving in tough environments. Then finally, Charles Luke, Senior Investment Director will look to deliver resilience and reward to UK equity income investors.
Sean Flanagan, Investment Manager, and Scott Kay, Senior Investment Specialist
Please join us to hear an update from Sean Flanagan, Investment Manager, and Scott Kay, Senior Investment Specialist, covering key themes within the strategies and a summary of current positions and outlook.
There will be an opportunity to submit questions during the webcast.
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Gary Shepherd, Michael Walsh, Craig Mackenzie, James Sullivan
Portfolio construction in 2021 may well prove more difficult than ever before. Do you stick with risk assets, or are we due another sharp correction? Growth or value? Safe haven or value trap? What’s the appeal of fixed income today? Can alternatives really deliver genuine diversification? Join Gary Shepherd, Octo's Head of Investment Content, Craig Mackenzie, Head of Strategic Asset Allocation at Aberdeen Standard Investments and Michael Walsh, Multi-Asset Solutions Strategist at T. Rowe Price and James Sullivan, Head of Partnerships at Tyndall Investment Management as they answer your questions about todays big decisions including:
- What are the options available today for investors wanting to outsource investment decisions?
- What are the options for those investors worried about capital preservation?
- What is the outlook for risk assets?
- Can equities continue to thrive?
- How can investors navigate a tougher environment for fixed income?
- What are the options today for investors in drawdown?
- Is inflation or deflation the biggest threat in the medium term?