2021-11-17T22:00:46+00:00November 17th, 2021|

Good COP, bad COP

The 26th Conference of the Parties (COP26) in Glasgow aimed to set new targets for limiting global warming and reducing carbon emissions. It stressed the need for consensus in making meaningful change and the role of business leaders and investors as key in driving capital towards more sustainable outcomes. In this insight piece we touch on some of the main conference agreements and explore Edison’s approach to sustainable investing.

2021-08-06T09:17:06+01:00August 6th, 2021|

All hands to the index

From the FTSE and Topix, to the Dow Jones, our insight piece this quarter is a quick read on indices and index funds. It explores their 130-year-old origins and why funds tracking an index may (or may not) be included in a portfolio.

2021-05-20T14:50:21+01:00May 20th, 2021|

Who cares about inflation?

One year into the pandemic, the gradual reopening of society is allowing for high streets and city centres to welcome back shoppers and workers. Rising levels of activity have stirred discussions about inflation. But why does inflation matter? This insight piece will explain some potentially wide-reaching impacts and the ways investors might mitigate the risk.

2021-02-11T15:06:01+00:00February 10th, 2021|

When a drop becomes a drag

The coronavirus has brought with it new awareness and understanding of the risks involved in everyday life. In seeking a return, investing also comes with its own set of risks. In this insight piece, we explore an important hidden force within volatile portfolios that can have huge long-term consequences.

2021-01-08T13:57:47+00:00December 7th, 2020|

Does debt matter?

From furlough to support payments, one knock-on effect of the coronavirus pandemic has been a huge increase in the required levels of government spending. In order to pay for it, government debt around the world has been rising. The US alone is expected to add $2 trillion to its balance sheet this year. As the numbers become ever more unfathomably large, we consider whether we are headed towards a different, debt-shaped, crisis. Does the debt matter?

2020-08-12T17:47:16+01:00August 12th, 2020|

In the national interest

During the coronavirus pandemic we have witnessed interest rates fall to historic lows globally. For now, they are set to remain low or, as some have suggested, even turn negative. We explore the often misunderstood topic of interest rates with a brief look back to their early origins in the ancient region of Mesopotamia, and what negative rates might mean for savers and borrowers.

2021-02-09T11:05:20+00:00May 7th, 2020|

Don’t lose your balance

The proportion of different components within a portfolio - otherwise known as its asset allocation - has the biggest impact on its risk and return. Over time however, different assets tend to perform well at different points. This can cause the asset allocation to drift away from its target.

In this insight piece we consider one way we can avoid the risk of this portfolio drift, while at the same time ensuring we adhere to the mantra “buy low, sell high”.

2020-02-28T11:14:49+00:00February 28th, 2020|

A decade of sustainable gains?

The last decade has revealed a story of post-crisis recovery and stock market growth. All this despite years of economic uncertainty and political disorder.

So what might the 2020s hold for investors? Looking back, we identify the key themes of the past and pick out some enduring principles for the future.

2020-02-26T13:38:20+00:00December 16th, 2019|

Rough around the hedges

They say it’s wise to not put all your eggs in one basket. For investors, that often means looking for opportunities abroad. But when it comes to investing overseas, good performance is not just about how well the underlying companies or bonds perform. Foreign exchange rates can significantly impact returns – in either direction.

We explore how this mechanism works and what can be done to mitigate the impact of currency fluctuations on portfolios.

2020-02-28T10:40:15+00:00August 22nd, 2019|

Trade war, what is it good for?

It has been hard to miss the term “trade war” over the last year or so. It has featured regularly in the headlines to describe the ongoing dispute between the US and China. Wars sound ominous, so should we be worried?

We explain why the two nations are now arguing over trade, what the impact might be, and the significance of a 200 year-old history lesson from Thomas Jefferson.

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