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View [Staying ahead of the cyber threat] Staying ahead of the cyber threat

Staying ahead of the cyber threat

What implications are there from WannaCry and wider cybersecurity issues on the way we assess companies?

Active Viewpoint 12 June 2017
View [Money Management ‘responsible investments’ manager of the year] Money management award 2017

Money Management ‘responsible investments’ manager of the year

Martin Currie was named ‘Responsible Investments Manager of the Year’ at the annual Money Management Awards ceremony held on 25 May in Sydney. The award recognises Martin Currie’s Australia Ethical Income strategy, a client-driven solution launched in late 2015.

News 30 May 2017
View [Is the us bubble about to burst?] Is the us bubble about to burst

Is the us bubble about to burst?

US markets look increasingly expensive, but there remain positive signs for investors elsewhere – notably emerging markets and Europe.

Active Viewpoint 29 May 2017
View [Tales from the Road - Russia] Tales from the road - Russia

Tales from the Road - Russia

Russian newsflow is dominated by geopolitics, painting a picture of heightened risk for investors. However, the economic reality often differs greatly from received wisdom. On a recent research trip to Moscow, Andrew Ness, Portfolio Manager, Global Emerging Markets found evidence of well-run companies that have weathered recent economic turbulence and, crucially for long-term investors, that display a growing willingness to engage on sustainability.

Active Viewpoint 25 May 2017
View [Brazil: what the latest political crisis means for investors] Brazil what the latest political crisis means for investors

Brazil: what the latest political crisis means for investors

Brazilian markets have been sent tumbling following the implication of President Michel Temer in a high-profile bribery investigation. Head of Global Emerging Markets Kim Catechis provides his analysis on what this means for global emerging market investors.

Active Viewpoint 25 May 2017
View [South Korea Election] South Korea election results

South Korea Election

Kim Catechis, Head of Global Emerging Markets gives his view on Moon Jae-in’s landslide victory, how it could lead to more transparency at a government and corporate level and presents positive news for investors.

Active Viewpoint 10 May 2017
View [Australian equities: focus on the fundamentals] Active Viewpoint  Australian equities: focus on the fundamentals

Australian equities: focus on the fundamentals

Experience tells us that the Australian reporting season in February and August is a very important time for investors because there is more fundamental information available in the market than usual. We can reassess our forward looking earnings estimates and update our assessments of value for each company in our investable universe.

Active Viewpoint 27 April 2017
View [Stewardship Annual Report 2017] Governance and sustainability annual report

Stewardship Annual Report 2017

Stewardship is a critical part of our philosophy, and this manifests itself in our integration, engagement and voting activity. As such, I am delighted to introduce our 2017 Governance & Sustainability Annual Report, which highlights our approach, activity and outcomes in 2016.

News 3 April 2017
View [Global Equity Income - The right kind of growth] Global Equity Income - The right kind of growth News

Global Equity Income - The right kind of growth

In this viewpoint, Mark Whitehead, Head of Income explains the rationale behind our focus on sustainable growth: how our investment system is designed to identify businesses with strong financials and competitive moats able to maintain growth, irrespective of shifts in the business cycle.

Active Viewpoint 14 March 2017
View [Mergers & acquisitions - Cutting to the chase] MERGERS AND ACQUISITIONS – CUTTING TO THE CHASE

Mergers & acquisitions - Cutting to the chase

When analysing companies it is critical for us to understand how management discriminate between competing uses of capital. Mergers & acquisitions (M&A) activity is at the heart of this, and, in our view, an area where we believe many businesses could articulate their thinking better.

Active Viewpoint 6 March 2017