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IGM Credit

IGM Global Credit Snapshot

IGM Global Credit Snapshot

DOWN BUT NOT OUT FEBRUARY 2021 - February issuance volumes slowed after a blow-out January. - This is usual after the January funding rush and amidst earnings blackout periods. - Long Lunar New Year holidays in China in part also dampened issuance volumes. - However, with US Treasury yields breaking fresh highs, issuers were also enticed to fund sooner than later. - IGM metrics tracked show investor appetite remaining particularly strong for investment grade issuances.

Topic Industry News

EPFR - fund flow & allocations data

ESG giving up its ring-side seat for a place in the ring

ESG

The Covid-19 pandemic has changed the world, sometimes radically, and will continue to do so for years to come. One of clearest examples of this change is the way environmental, social and governance (ESG) principles are becoming central to the policy debates and choices being made in most developed economies. This shift from the wings to center stage was already underway when the pandemic struck. But it has accelerated so fast that few doubt the global reflation that markets anticipated later this year will, for perhaps the first time, be shaped to a significant degree by the tenets of ESG. With this shift, however, comes some painful realities for advocates of ESG. As the father of New York’s current governor famously observed, policymakers tend to campaign in poetry but must govern in prose. That means being held responsible for policies that may generate short-term pain in pursuit of the greater good...

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Zephyr Portfolio Analytics

Ryan Nauman's Weekly Recap: COVID-19 Market Edition 03.01.21

Ryan Nauman's Weekly Recap: COVID-19 Market Edition 03.01.21

The Federal Reserve (Fed) continues to stand by its accommodative policies by stressing that the labor market remains well below pre-pandemic levels with some 10 million people remaining jobless. The February jobs report will be released on Friday and it will be widely watched as it remains the weakest part of the U.S. economy and one of the primary drivers behind the dovish Fed. Will a stronger than expected report push Treasury yields higher, while placing additional pressure on stocks due to concerns that inflation will be here sooner than expected and force the Fed’s hand? Or will we continue to see a labor market that is well below its natural levels?

Topic Industry News

EPFR - fund flow & allocations data

Two weeks into the Year of the Ox, China funds see flows spike

Global Navigation

For Chinese citizens the Year of the Ox began on February 12. Horoscopes for this year say it is a good one for building up reserves and making long-term investments. During the week ending Feb. 24 investors appeared to be taking this to heart. China Bond Funds set a new weekly inflow record and China Equity Funds posted their second largest inflow since EPFR started tracking them while flows into Hong Kong Equity Funds hit a 24-week high.

Topic Industry News

EPFR - fund flow & allocations data

Quants Corner - Inflation: A mythical beast of antiquity?

Quants Corner

When readers of this blog were young, their bedtime fare probably included tales featuring dragons and the people who either slew or bonded with them. As they grew older, their parents likely told them tales about a mythical sounding but real scourge: inflation and its evil twin stagflation. Read more here…

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EPFR - fund flow & allocations data

Emerging, green and global remain the preferred equity themes in mid-February

Global Navigator

Investors poured another $27.8 billion into EPFR-tracked Equity Funds during the week ending Feb. 17, with Emerging Markets, SRI/ESG and Global Equity Funds posting inflows for the sixth, 28th and 35th consecutive week respectively, as investors continue to position themselves for a global reflation story with green characteristics. That reflation may also come with unexpectedly high levels of inflation, especially in the US, remains a concern for some investors. Convertible Bond Funds set their second inflow record in as many weeks, Bank Loan Bond Funds extended their longest run of inflows since 3Q18 and Inflation Protected Bond Funds absorbed fresh money for the 50th time in the past 55 weeks. While Equity Funds with socially responsible (SRI) or environmental, social and governance (ESG) mandates enjoyed another solid week, SRI/ESG Bond Funds posted their second consecutive weekly inflow record and -- in relative terms -- are outgaining their equity counterparts for the first time since August.

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Digital Banking Hub, Digital Banking Research

Ensuring Travel Card Reward Schemes remain relevant during the pandemic

American Express Gold Card

Ensuring Travel Card Reward Schemes remain relevant during the pandemic How do Travel Card Reward Schemes remain relevant when travel is not only restricted, but completely banned in some areas of the world? In reviewing the digital developments of 25 U.S. providers, our Senior Analyst, Gina DeCorla, has pulled together this blog that examines just that, through: - Changing points systems to favor “lockdown leisure” activities vs. travel - Temporary reward schemes for grocer, gas, and other spending - The offer of lifetime travel points to be redeemed once travel resumes In this 4-minute blog, Gina shows real examples of how these updates have been implemented by providers including American Express, Chase, Wells Fargo.

Topic Industry News Digital Banking

Zephyr Portfolio Analytics

Ryan Nauman's Weekly Recap: COVID-19 Market Edition 02.15.21

Ryan Nauman's Weekly Recap: COVID-19 Market Edition 02.15.21

The headline economic release during the holiday shortened week will be the January retail sales report. Consumer spending is the primary driver of economic growth, so retail sales is a very important indicator of economic and consumer health, and one that has experienced large swings since the pandemic started. We have entered the later stages of the Q4 earnings seasons, but there remains some big names yet to release. WalMart releases earnings as does Deere & Company which tends to be a good proxy for economic growth...

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