Independent Strategy adds value to its clients by seeking out investment themes and opportunities in Macro Investments, often challenging conventional wisdom.
Too often investment research is constrained by the narrow focus of the research provider, but we seek to create a cohesive global view. We are compact and flexible enough to respond quickly to an ever-changing investment scene.
The research is designed to benefit both short-term and longer-term strategic thinking. It carefully studies geo-political and economic events, while looking for breaks in historical trends to uncover investment opportunities.
We produce 60-70 reports a year on investment strategy, dealing with multiple investment topics. The scope of the research is global.
After due consultation with the client, we devise a dedicated investment benchmark and country allocation policy for a portfolio of assets.
Alternative investments are becoming an increasingly important part of institutional investors’ portfolios.
Environmentalism and sustainability are unstoppable forces. But some investors remain slow to embrace the change. Thus far most effort has been focussed on reducing emissions from the energy and transport sectors. But between them they only account for 40% of total CO2 output. So the net will have to widen significantly if a real difference is to be made. The key sector that has escaped so far is agriculture. It is responsible for a quarter of total emissions and its secondary environmental impacts are equally damaging. Thankfully, technological innovation is starting to disrupt. New hi-tech foods will replace traditional meat and animal products over the next decade, tilting the existing industry quickly toward bankruptcy. These new alternative foods be better and cheaper, they will provide governments with the low-hanging fruit they need to meet climate goals and push the economic system back towards sustainability. It is a win-win situation and one that should richly reward early investors.SUBSCRIBE TO DOWNLOAD REPORTS
Political and economic risks are rising in Germany and, with them, pressure on the CDU. This week’s fateful cooperation with the AfD in Thuringia will haunt them as we move towards the next federal election. We remain short the euro versus the US dollar and negative on the outlook for equity markets.SUBSCRIBE TO DOWNLOAD REPORTS
The likely economic and financial market damage caused by the Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) is underestimated. We remain short Thai baht and Aussie dollar as proxies. But we are negative on all Asian EM assets and global equities. It is bad news for commodities. US Treasuries (which we are long) and the US dollar are safe havens. Yen assets are definitely not. We look to accumulate China tech stocks later.SUBSCRIBE TO DOWNLOAD REPORTS