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Carbon offset ETFs: the Diet Coke of investing

Sep 7th, 2021 | By
Josh Gregory, Founder of Sugi.

Guilt-free investing? Josh Gregory, Founder of Sugi, explains why investors still need to be cautious.


Think you’ve missed the value boat? Think again

Jul 26th, 2021 | By
Think you've missed the value rally? Think again

By Anthony Beevers, Portfolio Manager at First Trust Global Portfolios.

The Covid-19 vaccine announcement on 9 November 2020 triggered a significant factor rotation in favour of value. Given the rally that value has recently enjoyed, many will be wondering if they might have missed the boat.


Concentration risk in clean energy ETFs still a concern, says Bloomberg Intelligence

Jul 15th, 2021 | By
Concentration risk in clean energy ETFs still a concern, says Bloomberg Intelligence

According to Bloomberg Intelligence (BI), the decreased concentration of stocks associated with the clean energy theme within ETFs provides investors with broader and less volatile exposure. Still, warns BI, some companies like Sunworks still have close to 20% of their shares held by the ETFs so drastic price swings can still be expected.


Positioning for inflation: commodities and gold are essential hedging instruments

Jul 7th, 2021 | By
Positioning for inflation: commodities and gold are essential hedging instruments

By WisdomTree.

Commodities and gold have historically been an excellent hedge for inflation.


High levels of dispersion across the commodities complex in May

Jun 4th, 2021 | By

By Fiona Boal, Head of Commodities and Real Assets, S&P Dow Jones Indices.

While the S&P GSCI’s upward momentum attenuated, high dispersion in the performance of single commodities continued, albeit with reversals among the leaders and laggards.


Bitcoin: good as gold?

Jun 4th, 2021 | By
Bitcoin: good as gold?

By Daniel Barrera, Senior Associate, MSCI Research, and Simon Minovitsky, Vice President, Equity Research Team, MSCI.

During inflationary periods, equity investors, historically, have turned to gold as a hedge and diversifier. As the issue of inflation becomes more pressing, we ask whether cryptocurrencies, such as Bitcoin, could have played a similar role.


Thematic ETFs are just getting started

May 28th, 2021 | By

By Rahul Sen Sharma, Managing Partner, and Varun Raju, Senior Analyst Index Research at Indxx.

Thematic ETFs, with an agenda to achieve value over the long term, have necessitated the birth of funds with far sights on the future.


The pressure of the crowd: Stress testing thematic indexes

May 21st, 2021 | By
The pressure of the crowd: Stress testing thematic indexes

By Anil Rao, Executive Director, Equity Solutions Research, and Thomas Verbraken, Executive Director, MSCI Research at MSCI.

Some investors may be concerned about crowding within the fast-growing thematic-investing segment. Using MSCI’s stock-crowding model, we identify crowded themes and run stress tests to understand how they might respond to an equity sell-off.


Finding an investment-grade edge

May 21st, 2021 | By
William Sokol, Senior ETF Product Manager, VanEck.

By William Sokol, Senior ETF Product Manager at VanEck.

Corporate bond investors are faced with a challenge in the current environment: sacrifice income or take more risk.


Getting in on global luxury

May 21st, 2021 | By
Getting in on global luxury

By the research team at Amundi Asset Management.

The global luxury goods industry represents an attractive opportunity for investors seeking long-term, structural growth.