Market and Economic

Gameplan: 3 U.S. election scenarios and strategies

On the eve of the U.S. Presidential election, many institutional asset managers are searching for answers to critical questions, such as: Who will win the White House? Will Congress remain divided? What does the future of U.S. economic policy look like? To this end, Chicago-based investment strategist Jon Adams offers three statistically viable scenarios – a lonely Biden victory, Democratic sweep and preservation of status quo – with matching sector allocations to help brace your portfolios for any eventuality.
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Responsible Investing

Under the ESG hood in 4 asset classes

Responsible investing (RI) has evolved tremendously over the past decade, moving beyond a stylish trend to represent a material structural change. Institutional investors worldwide are making more thoughtful decisions about capital allocation and investment managers have responded by adopting environmental, social and governance (ESG) practices into their fundamental processes. What does this integration look like across the various asset classes? In this issue of IQ, we’ve conducted a roundtable discussion where portfolio managers and representatives from BMO Global Asset Management’s full suite of strategies share their perspective: Jennifer So, Fundamental Canadian Equities; David Corris, Disciplined Equity; Adam Phillips, U.S. Fixed Income; and Angus Henderson, BMO Real Estate Partners.
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Fixed Income

No clear sailing for fixed income

As a former director at Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan, Earl Davis, the new Head of Fixed Income & Money Markets, BMO Global Asset Management, shares his unique views on the current opportunity set in the bond market, having had front row seats to the global macro environment and the firsthand impact on institutions for the past 15 years.
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October 2020

The U.S. Presidential Election Still Looms, But Risks of a Wild Night Have Eased

Election uncertainty, while still elevated, has improved.

October 2020

October Monthly MAST Commentary: COVID-19 Catching President Trump, U.S. Politics, and Second-Wave Anxiety Temper Euphoria, not Optimism

Global equities registered a disappointing performance in September, but the macro news confirmed the recovery was well underway and lost ground is being recovered relatively fast.

October 2020

Consumer Confidence not Deterred by COVID Resurgence

Many countries and regions are seeing a resurgence of COVID cases, bringing back mobility restrictions.

September 2020

Could Tech Gyrations End the Rally?

While the ebb and flow of the high-flying tech stocks is to be expected, some underlying trends are profoundly anchoring the longer-term outlook.

September 2020

Liquid alternatives: Opportunities and risks

Finding an asset with positive expected return and low correlation to existing investments can strengthen a long-term portfolio outcome.

September 2020

September Monthly MAST Commentary: Tech Keeps on Rocking While Fed Keeps Its Inflation Wish Alive

The economic recovery is about halfway through, but we already have a good idea of the lasting societal changes emerging from the pandemic.

September 2020

Some COVID-19 Scars may Persist

While a vaccine might be on its way later this year, social distancing and mobility restrictions have inflicted severe pain on some sectors of the economy.

August 2020

Canadian Housing Holding up Against Bearish Fears

In line with our expectations, the Canadian housing market has held up despite the COVID shock.

August 2020

August MAST Commentary: Investors Building Herd Immunity Against COVID-19 Fear, But Economy Will Need More Fiscal Steroids

Equity gains continued in July as bond yields slipped, though performance remains uneven across regions, sectors and factors.

August 2020

A recession like no other

Unlike previous recessions, the value of a U.S. used car has risen sharply this summer as our daily lives are profoundly impacted by social distancing and the sudden COVID-induced de-urbanization wave.

July 2020

Bracing for bad earnings, not necessarily bad news

The earnings season kicked off last week and we are unsurprisingly seeing many firms facing steep contraction in revenues and earnings because of COVID.

July 2020

July MAST Commentary: Equities Healing Faster than the Economy

The road ahead is unlikely to continue as smoothly, especially for the U.S. labour market as the May and June job gains represent only about a third of the jobs lost in March and April.

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