Iggo's Insight - Summer's Gone

The ECB has cemented low rates for a long time and it will also resume buying bonds. Can yields rise substantially in that environment? I suspect that bond yields remain low, even if they don’t...

Biodiversity crisis: The role of investors in resolving species extinction - Part 2

AXA IM is set to start a biodiversity engagement programme with investee companies across several sectors, to better understand how such firms take this issue into account.

Biodiversity crisis: The role of investors in resolving species extinction - Part 1

We assess how investors are impacted by the practices of investee companies – in terms of those which cause biodiversity loss and others which are harmed by it.

Iggo's Insight - Get Your Coat

The short-lived divergence of global monetary policy in 2017-2018 gave way to the super gravitational pull of negative interest rates in 2019.

Climate scenario analysis: Assessing the future for investments

Climate change scenario analysis seeks to understand the future impact of global warming. Our approach tests the alignment of investment portfolios to future global warming outcomes –...

AXA IM to launch fourth impact investing strategy focusing on emerging and frontier consumers

• AXA IM is to launch fourth private market impact investing strategy later this year.
• The latest offering will focus on addressing the basic needs of the emerging consumer through...

China: source of tectonic shifts in global finance

China’s integration into the world will reshape the global financial system much like its economic integration did to the global economy.

Macro insights - US payrolls signal easing, UK election seems inevitable and ECB between a rock and a hard place

A mixed batch of numbers from the latest US payrolls report last week left our outlook as expecting another easing in the US Fed Funds Rates in next week’s Federal Open Market Committee meeting.

UK reaction: UK government loses control of Brexit

Last night saw a series of votes that appeared to sketch out the shape of the next phase of the Brexit process. On Tuesday night, Parliament voted by a majority of 27 to seize control of the...

Italy: New cards on an old table

Italian politics are back at centre stage, with Lega party leader Matteo Salvini unexpectedly triggering a government crisis and making way for what in many ways is yet another spurious coalition....

China – farewell to the large current account surplus

The steady erosion of China’s current account (CA) surplus is an illustration of the ongoing structural shifts in the Chinese economy and its changing relationship with the outside world.

Macro insights - Trade war ratchets higher, the Brexit battle intensifies while Italy looks to form a new government

The US/China trade war ratcheted higher over the weekend, with further tariff increases imposed on Sunday.

Iggo's Insight - Definitely, Maybe

Suddenly the Brexit stakes have been raised. Prime Minister Johnson has made a call that convincing the world that he is prepared to leave the EU without a deal and that he is prepared to take...

Financing brown to green: Guidelines for Transition Bonds

Financing the fight against climate change needs to shift up a gear and evolve. Since the introduction of green bonds, capital markets have made great strides in recent years to ensure that...

Why it’s time to stop thinking of gender diversity as a zero-sum game

Anne Tolmunen, Portfolio manager, AXA IM Framlington Equities, Kathryn McDonald Head of Sustainable Investing, AXA IM Rosenberg Equities and Marie Fromaget, Human Capital and Diversity Analyst, AXA...

Mind the gap: Digging into the diversity data challenge

The world has never had access to more information. But it seems the more data we have, the clearer the gaps get.

ESG and financial returns: The academic perspective

An increasing amount of academic research is showing that the incorporation of environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors can potentially lead to better performance for both companies and...

Coal phase out: The investment case

Coal has no meaningful role to play when it comes achieving the goals of the 2015 Paris Agreement. Right now, it remains an important part of the energy mix, fuelling base-load power stations...

The evolution of the flourishing green bond market

Over the last few years, rising awareness of climate change and the need to transition toward a low-carbon economy has driven both bond issuers and investors alike towards green bonds

COP24: are today’s climate change efforts enough to achieve our 2030 green target?

COP24 highlights that escalating climate risk can only be addressed by substantially greater efforts and rapid collective action.