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EPFR - fund flow & allocations data

Funds with SRI/ESG mandates end second quarter on a high note

Global Navigator

The final week of June was marked by uncertainty about the trajectory of America’s economic recovery and the future of its relations with China as new daily COVID-19 cases in the US topped 50,000 on the last day of the reporting period and China unveiled its new national security law for Hong Kong. Equity and Bond Funds with socially responsible (SRI) or environmental, social and governance (ESG) mandates, however, enjoyed a very good week with both groups setting new inflow records.

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IGM FX and Rates

THE US INVESTMENT GRADE NEW ISSUE MARKET

THE US INVESTMENT GRADE NEW ISSUE MARKET

As a result of the Covid-19 induced lockdowns, many cash-strapped corporations - those who could - descended on the US public debt market in droves, raising an unprecedented $723bln in Q2 2020. That brought ex-SSA H1 issuance to an unheard of $1,214,331bln, topping all estimates for the year. Fun fact: 2020 high grade issuance is running 101.8% higher than last year at this time. Along the way, many milestones were set including a quarter that produced (1) three of the top six busiest ex-SSA issuance months on record (2) the busiest ex-SSA issuance month on record (April’s $297.775bln) (3) and needless to say, the busiest issuance quarter, and half, of all time ($723.121bln and $1,214,331bln respectively).

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EPFR - fund flow & allocations data

Quants Corner - South Korea: Success containing pandemic not translating into flows

Quants Corner

The first case of the virus now designated COVID-19 was detected last December. The epidemic, which became a global pandemic during 1Q20, had an immediate impact on nearby South Korea. At first markets viewed Korea, whose response to the pandemic garnered widespread accolades, as a haven. By late March, however, the bloom had come off the Korean rose with Korean Equity Funds compiling a 12-week, $10 billion outflow streak that ran into mid-June...

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Zephyr Portfolio Analytics

China’s Economic Recovery: Trailblazers or Uncharted Territory

Zephyr

China is ahead of the rest of the world in its financial recovery. But, what, if anything, can we learn from China’s recovery path to date? How is China’s recovery going to impact the wider global economies? We have assembled a panel of experts to help us better understand what is happening and what are the most important trends to watch in China, the U.S. and beyond. Expect to come away with more clarity around overall global market recovery, the pace of return to a ‘new normal’, what sectors will bounce back faster than others and risks to keep an eye on.

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IGM FX and Rates

EM Viewpoint: Brazil's deep economic crisis, political & fiscal risks leave us viewing BRL with caution

IGM FX and Rates

The broad consolidation in USD/EMs of late has led to a discussion of whether the EM FX recovery of the past couple of months has run its course. The Brazilian Real is one EM currency in particular that we retain a cautious outlook over the medium-term, with little scope seen for it to shed its title as the worst performing major currency ytd. This is based on a combination of factors, most notably lingering political risks and a deep economic crisis caused by the coronavirus that should keep fiscal risks elevated in H2; plus the continuation of a rather unattractive carry. For more read our EM Viewpoint Blog >

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Ryan Nauman's Weekly Recap: COVID-19 Market Edition 06.29.20

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

Without a doubt, the headline release for the week ahead is the jobs report. The last two jobs reports have been a rollercoaster with the April report showing a historic jump in the number of unemployed and a historic spike in the unemployment rate. However, the May report was staggering, but in the opposite direction, as a record amount of people went back to work. The June release is sure to capture the attention of many as businesses begin to reopen their doors following the COVID-19 lockdown. Ryan Nauman's Weekly Recap: COVID-19 Market Edition and subscribe to have it delivered to your inbox each week!

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IGM Credit, IGM FX and Rates

China Insight: Implications of a Sustained Rise in Repo Rates

China Insight

China onshore interbank CNY repo rates (chart 1 and 2) have been creeping upward since CBRC chairman Guo Shuqing at the beginning of the month openly stressed the importance of financial risk control.

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IGM Credit, IGM FX and Rates

The Context 06.29.20

The Context

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