BOSTON AND TORONTO (January 28, 2021) — Manulife Investment Management released its semiannual Global Intelligence report, a firmwide outlook highlighting notable perspectives from its private and public markets investment teams. Key themes in the report include the projected global economic recovery, importance of forward-looking climate risk analysis in environmental, social, and governance (ESG) investing, fundamental benefits of fixed income, future of real estate investing, and how COVID-19 has driven policymakers in Asia to take major steps toward sustainable investing.
Christopher P. Conkey, CFA, global head of public markets, Manulife Investment Management said, "We start 2021 with much to be optimistic about—from the distribution of vaccines, the stability and liquidity in the global markets, and the worldwide introduction of fiscal stimulus packages. As we look to turn a corner on economic recovery, the latest edition of Global Intelligence an overview of the investment landscape and identifies continued and emerging areas for growth."
Stephen J. Blewitt, global head of private markets, Manulife Investment Management, added, "After a year riddled with economic uncertainty, there are bright spots across a number of private market assets in 2021, as the findings from our real estate team will indicate."
"As corporate accountability and ESG dominate boardroom conversations across the globe, our latest report showcases a rapidly growing appetite for sustainable investing," said Paul R. Lorentz, president and CEO, Manulife Investment Management. "We expect to see increasing demand for carbon solutions from investors, and will continue to seek opportunities for ESG investing across both traditional and alternative asset classes."
Notable asset class themes, shifts, and guidance within Global Intelligence include:
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