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Featured Investment Papers: November 2021

Featured Content from Leading Asset Managers

Savvy Investor presents a selection of featured content from top asset managers for November 2021.

This month's eclectic mix of papers ranges from insights into the potential diversification benefits of CTAs, how central bank digital currencies may impact the role of gold as a reserve asset, and how technological changes and the continuing industry challenges of fee compression, consolidation and increasing competition are reshaping the fixed income landscape. There is an interesting video from the FT which considers whether regulators have lost control of the $2 trillion cryptocurrency market.


Going With the Trend: CTAs in the age of low interest rates (Candriam, 2021)

Candriam highlights the historical success of Commodity Trading Advisors, and suggests that in more uncertain times and with rates expected to rise, the benefits of CTAs as potential risk mitigators are difficult to ignore.

Tempting FAIT (BlackRock, Oct 2021)

For compliance reasons, this paper is only accessible in the United States

BlackRock’s quant bond experts tackle some hard questions around the recent inflation data. What is behind the headlines? Are rising prices just temporary or the start of something bigger? What does greater inflation uncertainty mean for bonds and 60/40 portfolios?

The Future of Fixed Income Technology (IMTC, 2021)

IMTC argues that in an industry beset by fee compression, increasing competition and the desire to find economies of scale, technology is changing the fixed income landscape.

Webinar: Core Infrastructure (Macquarie, 2021)

Core infrastructure's high yield, defensive attributes, and the long-term nature of the assets and returns on offer have been very attractive for investors with long-dated liabilities. Its inflation hedge characteristics also make it very appealing to those investors wanting to hedge their portfolios against the risk of higher inflation in the years ahead.

Central Bank Digital Currencies and Gold (World Gold Council, 2021)

For compliance reasons, this paper is only accessible in certain geographies

World Gold Council, in partnership with financial institutions think tank OMFIF, has produced this report which focuses on the development of central bank digital currencies and how they might impact the gold market.

Rise and Rise of the Global Balance Sheet (McKinsey & Company, 2021)

McKinsey’s report assesses the global economy after two decades of financial turbulence and unprecedented central bank intervention, in which there have been huge gains in real assets rather than investment in productive assets that help to drive economies.

Video: Cryptocurrencies – How regulators lost control (FT, 2021)

This FT video gathers some of the leading players in the crypto industry to offer explanations as to how what was a cottage industry ballooned into a market worth over $2 trillion with little regulatory oversight.