Generating a yield uplift

The 9 August 2017 was regarded by many as the 10 year anniversary of the global financial crisis. The European Central Bank (ECB) and the US Federal Reserve (Fed) ploughed c. £45 billion into financial markets that day as the credit crunch began. Astonishingly, the UK base rate on that day stood at 5.75%. Since the 5 March 2009, it has only ever been 0.50% or lower.

Ian Goulsbra

Ian Goulsbra

Sales & Marketing Director, Investments

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Food & beverage: are we past the peak?

The last five years have seen a boom in the growth of the food and beverage (F&B) property market in the UK, while the retail market has been struggling and become highly polarised in terms of occupier demand. Do we see this trend continuing, or has the food and beverage boom plateaued?

Joanna Turner

Joanna Turner

Head of Property Research

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Our outlook across asset classes

With less dovish tones starting to emanate from central banks globally, relatively high valuations across equities and a cooling off in the London property market, it is safe to say that we are not spoilt for choice in terms of attractive opportunities. Following a somewhat volatile second quarter, how are we positioned for Q3?

David Marchant

David Marchant

Chief Investment Officer, Canada Life Limited & Managing Director, Canada Life Asset Management Limited.

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Will the second half of 2017 mirror last year?

In 2016, we timed the portfolio shifts of the CF Canlife Global Equity and CF Canlife North American funds very well, rotating our overweights into the more value areas of the market as economic indicators – such as the Citigroup Economic Surprise Index – began to suggest that consensus views were too bearish.

Mike Willans

Mike Willans

Head of Equities

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Unemployment, wage inflation & the ongoing puzzle

Historically, inflation has tended to be correlated to the strength of the labour market. As unemployment decreases, the pool of available labour shrinks, enabling workers to demand higher wages. This feeds through to the overall price level, putting upward pressure on inflation. Today, however, we are seeing a puzzling global macroeconomic backdrop.

Craig Rippe

Craig Rippe

Head of Multi-Asset

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