Opportunities & growth prospects in regional office markets

There has been a strong revival in occupier and investor activity in the major UK regional office markets recently, reversing the trend seen since the Global Financial Crisis and confounding the current slowdown seen in regional retail markets. The question is what is driving this increased demand and how sustainable is it?

Joanna Turner

Joanna Turner

Head of Property Research

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Investing for the long-term within a changing economy

As investors, we are often asked what long-term trends we are trying to gain exposure to across our multi-asset portfolios and, at Canada Life Investments, a long-term approach is central to what we do. However, there are subtleties to this that are often not talked about.

David Marchant

David Marchant

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

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When will the FANGS draw blood?

Much is written about the ‘FANG’ stocks (Facebook, Amazon, Netflix & Google) but it is actually Apple, Alphabet (Google’s parent company), Amazon, Facebook and Microsoft that are amongst the largest 10 stocks in the benchmark. These companies are investor favourites and, in aggregate, they are holding up the US equity market in 2017. This is because underneath the 16.9% total return figure, the market is more in turmoil than many investors think.

Mike Willans

Mike Willans

Head of Equities

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Why growth isn't the only game in town

Many of today’s younger fund managers – for example those who started their careers in 2007 or later – have only known an environment in which growth equities have outperformed value equities. Indeed, many industry discussions at conferences we attend discuss the view that growth is the only way forward, particularly in the United States. Many analysts in particular are unable to fathom why anyone would adopt a value bias, in any circumstance!

Mike Willans

Mike Willans

Head of Equities

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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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