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Focused Insight

Infrastructure Debt

Why is demand for infrastructure debt growing? What is driving the growth in issuance? And how do investors access this asset class?  

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Automatic for the people

Automatic for the people

The ongoing shift towards automation is irrevocably changing numerous industries – creating winners and losers along the way.

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Big brands - the end of an era?

Big brands - the end of an era?

Branded consumer goods have been a favoured investment theme for many investors. However, a number of fundamental changes mean new entrants are challenging these once profitable, predictable businesses.

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How green are ‘green bonds’?

How green are ‘green bonds’?

The August announcement by Tianjin SDIC Jinneng Electric Power Co Ltd that it had issued green bonds worth RMB1 billion ($150 million) to finance a 2,000 megawatt coal‐fired power plant neatly encapsulates the conundrum of green bonds.

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Election Insight – Germany 2017

Election Insight – Germany 2017

On 24 September, elections to the 19th Bundestag will be held in Germany, with the result determining who will serve as chancellor for the next four years. The incumbent candidate, Angela Merkel, currently enjoys a strong lead in the polls and is widely expected to secure a fourth term in office. However, under Germany’s proportional representation system, a coalition administration is the most common form of government and here a number of possible outcomes exist.

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Argentina – no more tears?

Argentina – no more tears?

Just over a century ago, Argentina ranked among the world’s ten richest economies. However, since those halcyon days, it has experienced long and steady economic decline relative to the developed world – described as ‘one hundred years of ineptitude’.

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