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The Intelligence Report – Looking for growth? Look no further

Global views and trends

BNP Paribas Asset Management

Climate change is real and, arguably, presents an existential threat. Given energy’s share in the emissions cocktail, there are plenty of opportunities to invest in companies working on cutting CO2, reordering the energy mix and other aspects of this huge growth market, as Ulrik Fugmann and Edward Lees point out in our first article.

Growth also figures large in the populous Chinese economy – particularly market concerns over the outlook in the face of sizeable US export tariffs. However, economically, and also in weighing up investment choices, their impact should not be overrated, explains Caroline Yu Maurer.

Green bond issuance has expanded phenomenally, while a lopsided ratio of investor appetite to supply has resulted in “the premium that is the greenium”. Xuan Sheng Ou Yong presents his take on this fascinating fixed income segment in his analysis as part of a three-article series.

Investing in sustainable growth: Energy transition

The energy transition offers opportunities to investors for whom sustainable outcomes matter. Fund managers Ulrik Fugmann and Edward Lees explain how they approach this.


China beyond the trade war

There is more to investing in China than the fortunes of the Sino-US trade talks given the trade war’s limited effect on Chinese growth.


Do ‘greeniums’ make green bonds an asset class?

Some green bonds enjoy a ‘greenium’. We discuss this premium and whether it makes green bonds a distinct asset class.



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