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August 19, 2021

Floods in Europe, forest fires in North America and Australia—the impact and tragic results of climate change are starting to dominate the news.

Floods in Europe, forest fires in North America and Australia—the impact and tragic results of climate change are starting to dominate the news.

The actions taken by governments, companies and individuals in the next decade will be crucial if we are to limit the rise in global temperatures. The option of doing nothing has now passed, not just for the environment, but for companies and investors too.

August 10, 2021

Is the global economy’s uneven recovery leading to more opportunities for equity managers? The answer: Yes, according to our latest quarterly report on equity managers.

Is the global economy’s uneven recovery leading to more opportunities for equity managers? The answer: Yes, according to our latest quarterly report on equity managers.

August 5, 2021

In the space of one year, social awareness has escalated and brought the world together in dealing with the health, financial and commercial impact of Covid-19. The way businesses work has changed. How they engage with other people has changed. Their expectations of the companies with whom they choose to do business have grown and intensified.

In the space of one year, social awareness has escalated and brought the world together in dealing with the health, financial and commercial impact of Covid-19. The way businesses work has changed. How they engage with other people has changed. Their expectations of the companies with whom they choose to do business have grown and intensified.

This has energised businesses of many types to reflect on their purpose and values, their capability to deliver what really matters and to do so in a financially, environmentally and socially responsible way.

August 3, 2021

Inflation is back, but for how long? Bertie Dannatt, investment director, joins Ruffer Radio to discuss how markets are digesting the return of inflation, and what rising prices mean for consumers and investors alike.

Inflation is back, but for how long?

Bertie Dannatt, investment director, joins Ruffer Radio to discuss how markets are digesting the return of inflation, and what rising prices mean for consumers and investors alike.

Click the image below to play the podcast.

July 14, 2021

The medical technology industry is enjoying record levels of M&A activity. Deloitte’s 2020 MedTech review identified a 24% increase in transactions in Western Europe, with strong focus on diagnostics, orthopaedics and data driven innovation.

The medical technology industry is enjoying record levels of M&A activity. Deloitte’s 2020 MedTech review identified a 24% increase in transactions in Western Europe, with strong focus on diagnostics, orthopaedics and data driven innovation.

For many investors the strong growth prospects, resilient valuations and defensive nature of healthcare investments make this a very attractive market. Evaluate MedTech calculates $6 billion of venture financing was invested in 2019 and 2020, slightly down from the 2017 high of $7.8 billion.

July 13, 2021

We have been talking of inflation for well over a decade—which is not the same thing as calling its timing. An impasse was created by the failure of the economy to grow after the 2008 crisis—all the risks (as we patiently explained) were deflationary, and in vain did the central banks and governments try to force an inflationary impulse into a sluggish world. Their primary weapon? An invention, deployed on a grand scale—quantitative easing (QE to its friends).

I am writing this just before a US inflation report which, to quote Bloomberg, “May provide clues on the monetary-policy outlook; S&P futures were little changed, as were European stocks [awaiting] the next policy statement from the European Central Bank…”

June 25, 2021

As if healthcare systems around the world were not under huge pressure already, the Coronavirus pandemic has stretched healthcare systems to, and in cases, beyond their limit. Many systems have been forced to cancel routine operations and postpone in person appointments and diagnostic tests.

As if healthcare systems around the world were not under huge pressure already, the Coronavirus pandemic has stretched healthcare systems to, and in cases, beyond their limit. Many systems have been forced to cancel routine operations and postpone in person appointments and diagnostic tests.

In the United Kingdom, which has the highest vaccination rate amongst large countries, the British Medical Association (BMA) estimates in the UK between April 2020 and March 2021 there were:

June 17, 2021

“I have little doubt that with excess savings, new stimulus savings, huge deficit spending, more QE, a new potential infrastructure bill, a successful vaccine and euphoria around the end of the pandemic, the US economy will likely boom,” Jamie Dimon, chief executive of JPMorgan Chase, said in May 2021.

The number of companies raising prices in the United States is at a 35-year high.

“I have little doubt that with excess savings, new stimulus savings, huge deficit spending, more QE, a new potential infrastructure bill, a successful vaccine and euphoria around the end of the pandemic, the US economy will likely boom,” Jamie Dimon, chief executive of JPMorgan Chase, said in May 2021.

“This boom could easily run into 2023 because all the spending could extend well into 2023.”

May 28, 2021

Water, in many ways, is a proxy for life itself. Civilisations have sprung from fertile river valleys and along the trading routes of the seas. For NASA, when searching for extra-terrestrial life, the guiding principle has been to ‘follow the water’.

Water, in many ways, is a proxy for life itself. Civilisations have sprung from fertile river valleys and along the trading routes of the seas. For NASA, when searching for extra-terrestrial life, the guiding principle has been to ‘follow the water’.

What is water scarcity?

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