Standard Life Investments build out multi-asset structuring team

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Standard Life Investments, the global investment manager, has added to its Multi-Asset Investing (MAI) Structuring team with the appointment of Mathias Marta as a Quantitative Investment Director. Mathias was previously a Senior Portfolio Manager at State Street Global Investors, with responsibility for Liability Driven Investment (LDI) strategies. He has extensive knowledge of the UK pensions

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Standard Life Investments announces senior hire for Insurance Solutions team

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Standard Life Investments, the global investment manager, has announced the appointment of Richard Pereira as Investment Director within the Insurance Solutions team. He will be based in London and report to Stephen Acheson, Executive Director, Global Strategic Partnerships. This is a new position and Richard will enhance the capabilities of Standard Life Investments to support,

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Time for a raise?

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Low pay and rising inequality were policy challenges even before the onset of the financial crisis, and these issues have become more pertinent after the downturn. Against this backdrop, the debate around minimum wages has been building. The first statutory minimum wage was introduced in New Zealand in 1894 and 27 out of 35 OECD

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Keep control

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Developed Asia has been front and centre in the growth of global household sector debt over the last decade, with indebtedness in Australia, Korea, Hong Kong and Singapore now comparable to the world’s most heavily indebted nations (Chart 8). Much of this growth has been underpinned by booming housing markets, which are difficult to control

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Commodity chameleon

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Given a diversity of factor endowment and a relatively high openness to trade, the rebound in commodity prices over the last 12 months has had contrasting effects on economies within Developed Asia. The easiest way to quantify these effects is to look at changes in the terms of trade. This concept focuses on the relative

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Weekly economic briefing – All together now

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The global economy has stayed true to its improving course with survey and activity measures edging higher. However, how much of the upturn is now in the rear view mirror? We typically focus on conditions in the US, as its economic activity tends to lead the global cycle. Here, the outlook remains favourable even if

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What makes politics tick? Understanding political risk in markets

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Accounting for political risk has traditionally been viewed as more relevant when investing in emerging rather than developed markets. However, after the electoral upsets of 2016 and the rise of ‘populist’ parties across the advanced economies, investors are increasingly aware of the powerful effect politics can have on developed market outcomes. In the latest edition

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Australia the preferred 2017 commercial real estate market in Asia Pacific

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Global asset manager, Standard Life Investments (SLI) expects Sydney and Melbourne office space to be the top performers in Asia Pacific commercial real estate in 2017. In SLI’s Q1 Real Estate Update, Anne Breen, Head of Real Estate Research and Strategy said she expected another year of healthy economic growth in Asia pacific in 2017

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How low can you go?

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One of the few bright spots in the global economy over recent years has been a relatively broad-based improvement in labour markets. Between the end of 2014 and 2016 unemployment rates fell in 31 of the 39 advanced economies in the IMF economic outlook database. Signs of an ongoing acceleration in global growth bode well

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Winning momentum

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The global economy is on a ‘hot streak’, with a string of positive data surprises feeding expectations for further strengthening. But is momentum really as strong as it first appears? When we break down PMIs by region, it is clear that despite nine months of consecutive gains in the advanced economies – a time in

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