Covid-19

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Working Paper 20.10.2021 The Recent Performance of ESG Investing, the Covid-19 Catalyst and the Biden Effect

The purpose of this paper is to appraise recent ESG trends in global equity markets. It contributes to a broader research project started at Amundi in 2014 on the relevance of ESG.

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Letter 26.07.2021 Amundi Pension Funds Letter n°12

The coming of summer has also seen the return of extreme heatwaves, catastrophic flooding and devastating forest fires. The arrival of the COP26 could not be more timely given the need for a universal response to the climate crisis. Pension funds as major global asset owners have a key role to play in this response.

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Monthly Cross Asset 2.07.2021 Market Scenarios and Risks - July 2021

On the back of our quarterly updates, we have reviewed the narrative and the probabilities of our central and alternative scenarios.

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Monthly Cross Asset 2.07.2021 The price of self-sufficiency

The disruption of global supply chains has been a wakeup call for the European Union. For years, the principle of an open and free Single Market has led to a massive transfer of industrial production and outsourcing mainly to Asia.

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Monthly Cross Asset 2.07.2021 Housing boom: what are the consequences for monetary policy?

Despite the Covid economic shock, house prices have continued to rise in most advanced economies, and are also increasing rapidly in some emerging economies. This is not (yet) a global housing boom. Indeed, indicators of overvaluation remain below those observed before the Great Financial Crisis (GFC) and are still very contrasted across regions.

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Working Paper 30.06.2021 Revisiting Quality Investing

In the field of factor investing, quality is undoubtedly the equity factor with the weakest consensus. This research investigates the best way to define it. In order to capture the multi-faceted reality of the factor depicted in academia, we address the quality factor through a multidimensional process by defining four self-reliant pillars: profitability, earnings quality, safety and investment. To better fit institutional investor’s’ needs, we analyze the resulting factor by focusing on the last eighteen years and on a global developed markets universe of liquid stocks (largeand mid-caps).

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Insights Paper 29.06.2021 Banks in the post-Covid-19 world

We thought the banking sector was forever changed by the Global Financial Crisis (GFC): e.g., lower leverage, better risk management, greater transparency, etc. Yet, the Greensill Capital bankruptcy, and the multibillions in losses plus dividend cuts, capital increases, and senior management layoffs at Credit Suisse -- following the Archegos debacle and the Wirecard accounting fraud -- bring back a bitter taste of past troubles.

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Thematic Paper 14.06.2021 Shifts & Narratives #7 - Opening the Pandora’s box of social risks: Consequences for investors

The Covid-19 crisis can be considered a turning point for social issues: it has put global socio-economic inequalities in the spotlight and made them more concrete than ever before. It has also clearly shown the tragic effects, from an economic and societal perspective, that systemic shocks can have on unequal, non-resilient societies.

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Insights Paper 7.06.2021 Insurers’ portfolios: re-load the income engine, go beyond the traditional investment universe

US long-term yields have risen in recent months on expectations of strong economic growth fueled by fiscal stimulus. Eurozone long-term government yields have followed this movement in a limited way, as Eurozone economies have been hit hard by the Covid-19 crisis. The pandemic has increased economic fragmentation across European countries, putting pressure on the ECB to pursue its highly accommodative policy.

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