Allianz Global Investors, one of the world’s leading active asset managers, announced today the appointment of Matt Christensen as Global Head of Sustainable and Impact Investing. In this role, he will accelerate the growth of Impact Investing as part of the company’s growing private markets platform; lead the continued integration of ESG factors across AllianzGI’s existing range of public markets products, including stewardship activities; and support the development of new SRI products.
The risk/reward profile of corporate bonds is less attractive now than when the coronavirus crisis began. Since then, bonds from higher-rated firms have been buoyed by central bank support. As the credit cycle turns, we suggest prioritising both issuer and security selection to seek outperformance – potentially with fallen angels and secured bonds.
One of the immediate impacts of the coronavirus crisis was a fall in global energy use. While demand will likely rebound to previous levels, the overall energy mix is changing. Renewables are playing a bigger role as traditional sources such as coal become increasingly uneconomic. This trend was already in place when the pandemic hit, but is now proceeding at an accelerating pace.
The coronavirus pandemic applied a sudden brake to China’s growth story, as it did to most economies around the world. But there are signs that China could be ready to lead the way out of the downturn and resume its long-term growth trajectory.
It’s understandable to worry about the coronavirus pandemic and the impending global recession but, historically, the equity market has overcome each temporary setback caused by recessions and disease outbreaks.
The coronavirus crisis gives policymakers a unique chance to reprioritise their economies, focusing on areas that didn’t get enough attention when economic momentum was strong. Climate change is a good example, and there are compelling reasons to begin implementing an EU-wide carbon-pricing system now.
Around the world, lockdowns and quarantines are slowly lifting, but consumers and business activity remain fragile. We believe investors should play both offence and defence during this new “re-opening” phase. On offence, the tech sector will likely remain a leader, but select high-yield bonds and cyclical sectors (parts of energy and financials) could also outperform. On defence, consider consumer staples and healthcare, which are well-positioned for a post-coronavirus world.
In this podcast, Kunal Ghosh, Chief Investment Officer Systematic Equities, reviews how economies in Asia, Eastern Europe, Russia and Latin America have responded to the global Covid-19 pandemic and discusses the implications for investment portfolios.
The coronavirus pandemic has highlighted core sustainability issues such as income inequality, poor healthcare and complex supply chains. As a result, sustainability is likely to become increasingly integral to asset managers’ investment processes and risk analysis. Here are five ways we think the crisis will affect investors.