Outlook & Commentary

The financial markets reacted to the coronavirus with an unprecedented first-quarter drop, then turned around quickly. This appetite for risk in the face of the deepest recession since the 1930s is quite unusual, but the markets are being driven by optimism about potential economic improvement down the road – so we can’t exclude a further rise in equity prices.

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Investment Themes & Strategy

The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) reflect a global consensus on the most urgent environmental and societal issues. A new crop of investments built around the SDGs are helping investors to direct capital into potential growth companies, while also addressing the biggest issues facing the planet.

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Outlook & Commentary

Research indicates that a more even gender balance among employees can enhance corporate performance, but only one in nine directors at Japanese companies is female. Our engagement project on gender diversity aims to find out why progress has not been faster, and to encourage the wider adoption of any initiatives to help close the gap.

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The report details how sustainability informs our investment processes and describes the way we operate our wider business.
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