Hong Kong (August 4, 2021)—Manulife Investment Management today released its semiannual Global Intelligence report, a firmwide outlook highlighting notable perspectives from its investment teams. Key themes in the report include the rising role of environmental, social, and governance (ESG) factors, including biodiversity and stewardship in macroeconomic valuation and the creation of value across the asset class spectrum. The investment teams also describe the case for China bonds as a stand-alone asset class, as well as the role of real assets in the deepening search for yield and income security in retirement.
“One enduring outcome of the past year is the importance of sustainability,” said Paul R. Lorentz, president and CEO of Manulife Investment Management. “Against this backdrop, we devote much of the latest edition of Global Intelligence to examining those sustainability scenarios and their impact on investments and investment decisions.”
Christopher P. Conkey, CFA, global head of public markets at Manulife Investment Management, said, “Sustainable investing is no longer an option. It is a necessity—for us, for the global economy, and for our investors. We’ve made significant progress in the past year and aim to consider sustainability in everything we do as a business, across both traditional and alternative asset classes.”
Stephen J. Blewitt, global head of private markets at Manulife Investment Management, added, “Sustainable investing is essential for illiquid private assets that we manage over a long time horizon. We take a critical look at biodiversity and the tools we have at our disposal. Further, findings from our private equity team reveal how better stewardship can unlock value in private equity.”
Notable asset class themes, shifts, and guidance within Global Intelligence include:
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