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All change? Fund management in the new normal

The pandemic has profoundly affected many aspects of everyday life, and the same holds true for the asset-management industry. Murdo Maclean, Client Investment Manager at Walter Scott and Partners, agrees that technology has helped business life to continue, but it can never fully overcome our desire to see and be seen.

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When the oil price fell down a well

‘Unprecedented’ is the go-to word to describe a world knocked sideways by Covid-19. For Laura Sheehan, analyst with Newton Investment Management, it’s an apt one when reviewing developments in the energy sector in 2020.

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A turning point for US energy policy?

Every four years, as the US election rolls around, investors face the uphill task of interpreting the shifting political sands and how they might affect their portfolios. Here, Newton analyst Laura Sheehan considers the question of how a Trump or Biden win could change the outlook for the energy sector.

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The US and renewables: A perfect accord?

President Donald Trump’s withdrawal of the US from the United Nations’ Paris Agreement on climate change caused significant backlash for the world’s most powerful nation. Yet Newton Head of Responsible Investment Andrew Parry believes the country remains an extremely attractive base for renewables investment. Now, investors wonder what impact the upcoming presidential election might have on this growing market.

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The hidden world of cybersecurity

Worldwide IT security spending continues to grow as businesses seek to avoid the reputational and other risks associated with increasingly sophisticated cyberattacks. Thorough analysis of a security’s ESG profile is critical in order to highlight potential cybersecurity risks as well as the mitigation steps a company may have taken.

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Voting in a pandemic

Since Covid-19 changed the world as we know it, everything from campaigning to voting has materially changed. From voter registration—to the process of voting itself—traditional processes to pick a president have been upended in unprecedented new ways, according to Chris Lucas, director of government affairs at BNY Mellon.

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Political ad boon for media

Digital platforms are taking an increasing share of political ad spend but there are other ways heightened tech adoption is impacting the 2020 presidential election and creating future investment opportunities, say Brian Blongastainer and Erik Swords of Mellon.

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Red, white and tech

With the US presidential election around the corner, investors are wondering how various sectors may fare under each party. For technology, the S&P 500’s largest sector,¹ both parties agree on some issues, but not all, casting a veil of uncertainty over its future.

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Building the bridge to recovery

While both President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden have pledged to ramp up infrastructure spending if they win the election, their plans hold some notable differences. However, because renewed infrastructure is a primary goal of both candidates, Mellon portfolio manager Jim Lydotes explains why a Roosevelt style “New Deal” may be on the horizon to help stimulate the economy.

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