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Our Insights – April 2019

25 April 2019 - Investors' Corner team

In this edition, read why ‘globotics’, the next stage of globalisation, threatens to overwhelm our capacity to adapt. We also explain what the energy transition means for equity valuations and present our asset allocation for the second quarter.


Globotics, the marriage of robotics and globalisation

Richard Baldwin, one of the world’s leading globalisation experts, argues that the explosive pace of developments in robotisation and telemigration threatens to overpower our ability to adjust.



A fragile goldilocks environment
All assets have rallied recently, partly on the back of central bank dovishness. But, late in the economic cycle and with growth in Europe and China structurally challenged, downside risks remain. Goldilocks is on edge.




Energy transition: an infographic
Investors take note! Marginal changes underway in the global energy market potentially put large swathes of equity value at risk over the next few years. This is because what matters for valuations is which energy sources dominate the growth in demand, not which sources dominate the overall level of demand.




MSCI to add more A shares: a blessing for foreign investors
The weight of Chinese A shares in MSCI’s global indices is set to rise, creating a major long-term opportunity for foreign investors. The move comes amid further reform in China and steps to open up its capital markets.



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