How are global markets set for Q4?

Despite heightened geopolitical risk, questionable political decision-making and monetary policy uncertainty, markets have been remarkably stable so far in 2017. At Canada Life Investments, our quarterly asset mix meetings – which bring together all of our investment professionals – provide us with the opportunity to set out our expectations for asset prices for the quarter ahead.

David Marchant

David Marchant

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

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Adopting a more strategic approach

Following nearly a decade of central banks delivering a global programme of quantitative easing, asset prices have seen huge growth as investors have chased yield in an ever-lower yield world. However, the situation is now more nuanced. The US Federal Reserve (Fed) has embarked on a rate-rising cycle and more hawkish tones are emanating from the Bank of England and the European Central Bank.

James Stoddart

James Stoddart

Institutional Sales Director

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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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