During the last decade, there has been significant change in the investment industry. Here, we sit down with Managing Director & Chief Investment Officer David Marchant, to discuss the Canada Life Investments culture, how the business has grown over the last ten years and his team’s investment philosophy.
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.
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.
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.