• Brexit means what exactly?

    The current state of the UK economy is perhaps not as gloomy as ‘remain’ advocates had expected.

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  • Looking East: A world beyond Brexit

    The world has not stood still while we reconsider our relationship with the European Union.

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  • Innovation in Pharma

    Healthcare innovation has been a major reason for the increasing life expectancy globally, but costs are rising.

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  • Is global infrastructure spending about to increase dramatically?

    Infrastructure spending is expected to be a policy tool to support economic growth.

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  • Virtual Reality

    No longer fantasy, Virtual Reality has incredible potential to change the way we play, communicate and learn.

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  • Power to the People

    The traditional model of power generation is changing fast due to technological advancements in distributed generation and battery storage.

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"There are known knowns. These are things we know that we know. There are known unknowns. That is to say, there are things that we know we don't know. But there are also unknown unknowns. There are thing we don't know we don't know." Rumsfeld, 2009

We ended 2016’s Mid-Year Investment Outlook, published just after the EU referendum, quoting Donald Rumsfeld’s famous line. It’s apt still – and if we learn anything from 2016, it’s that unusual events can and do occur. And ‘we’ – observers, mainstream media, politicians, pollsters and bookmakers – are not very good at predicting them, whether Brexit or Trump’s triumphant ascension to the White House.

As long-term investors, our ambition to think beyond and outside politics seems more pertinent than ever. In our Investment Outlook 2017 we aim to reflect a little on this year in the UK, but also to look forward, with careful optimism, to underlying trends that have momentum and are unlikely to be diverted.

Our articles, written by our Investment Team, look at the opportunities and challenges that face companies, policy- makers and investors. Emerging markets are becoming not only more demographically dominant, but are also growing in economic and geopolitical clout. We explore sustainable energy production and the importance of better storage and cheaper batteries. Both sides of the US presidential debate agreed on increasing infrastructure spend, and as we make clear, this is a global and pressing issue requiring new resources, both governmental and private.

We show how Virtual Reality is gaining steam, and that it reaches beyond gaming to many, wider applications you may not have considered; and that new innovations in Pharmaceuticals will try to address a growing and ageing population.

We hope you enjoy looking forward to 2017, and far beyond, with us.


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