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Fundamental research is an integral part of the investment process across many of our strategies. With a broad reach of capabilities and a local presence in 22 countries, our global network of investment professionals and first class research capabilities deliver the insights you need.

China equities

No reason to turn negative on China equities

Jun 2018 No reason to turn negative on China equities

Bin Shi, Head of China equities at UBS Asset Management, explains why investors should not turn negative on China equities.

O’connor, merger arbitrage

Merger arbitrage investing at UBS O'Connor

May 2018 Merger arbitrage investing

Merger arbitrage is gaining traction. What type of deals should investors focus on?

Market commentary, emerging markets

5 things to expect from MSCI A-share inclusion

May 2018 5 things to expect from MSCI A-share inclusion

Overseas investors will become more active in A shares as they are included in MSCI Emerging Markets Index.  What else can investors expect? 


Market commentary, emerging markets

MSCI A-share inclusion brings long-term positive impact

May 2018 MSCI A-share inclusion brings long-term positive impact

MSCI will begin including 234 A-share in its MSCI Emerging Markets Index. How is this positive for investors?

Market commentary, emerging markets

how-are-consumers-in-emerging-markets-upgrading-their-lifestyles

May 2018 The lifestyle upgrade

How are consumers in emerging markets upgrading their lifestyles?

Market commentary, oil, asset allocation

Higher oil prices - boon or bane?

May 2018 Higher oil prices - boon or bane?

What do higher oil prices mean for markets and asset allocators? Should equity investors be worried?


Market commentary, LIBOR, Floating rate bonds

Libor’s rising – why?

April 2018 Libor’s rising – why?

US Libor is rising? How can floating rate bonds hedge against the rising cost of borrowing?

Investment insights, Fed, Monetary policy

Could the Fed cause the next recession?

April 2018 Could the Fed cause the next recession?

After six rate hikes over a period of more than two years, the Fed’s tightening phase is now well progressed. But will the Fed over tighten?

Market commentary, China, Fixed Income

Be China bond ready

April 2018 Be China bond ready

Bloomberg's inclusion of Chinese onshore bonds into its main global index is a defining moment. How is this creating opportunities for investors?


Macro Monthly, market commentary

Trade tariffs raise tension

March 2018 Trade tariffs raise tension

Trade protectionism is at the forefront of global investors' minds. Are there any implications for asset allocation from this tension?

Investment Insights, market commentary

Active opportunity knocks II

March 2018 Active opportunity knocks II

What does the potential higher volatility mean for active investors?

Gender diversity

What makes a company gender-diverse?

March 2018 What makes a company gender-diverse?

Is it enough for investors to focus on the ratio of women on corporate boards as a marker of better company performance?


Street view, emerging market equities

Russia - the next digital superpower?

February 2018 Russia - the next digital superpower?

To understand the potential of 100m internet users in Russia, our emerging markets equities team went on a research trip to examine the internet ecosystem there. What were their key findings?

Investment Insights, asset allocation

Relationship troubles

February 2018 Relationship troubles

The correlation between equities and bonds has been volatile recently. What implication does this have for asset allocation?

Market commentary

Where are we in the cycle?

February 2018 Where are we in the cycle?

Understand why Geoffrey Wong, head of Emerging Markets and Asia Pacific equities, says that we are still in the beginning of an upcycle.


Market commentary

Real estate and stock market volatility

February 2018 Real estate and stock market volatility

What does the recent market volatility mean for private commercial real estate?

Read our analysis to find out.

Flash commentary

Why are equity markets selling off

February 2018 Why are equity markets selling off?

Have the fundamental drivers to corporate earnings changed dramatically?

We analyze the role of technical factors in the recent sell off and outline the likely supports to equities in the coming months

Investment insights

Animal spirits and the coming balance sheet bonaza

January 2018 Animal spirits and the coming balance sheet bonanza

'Animal spirits' seem to have returned to the equity markets. Can rising dividends and share buybacks provide additional support to global equities in the coming months?


Market commentary

Another year of carry, take 2

January 2018 Another year of carry, take 2

In this outlook for high yield piece, we explain why the landscape for high yield bonds is favourable.

Market commentary

How will China equities fare in 2018?

January 2018 How will China equities fare in 2018?

Flows into China equities (offshore) have been robust in 2017. Will investors' interest be sustained in 2018? And what are the key themes that will move the Chinese markets?

Video

No bear markets for bonds

January 2018 No bear markets for bonds

Are we at the end of the bull run for bonds?

Ashley Perrott, head of Pan Asia Fixed Income tells Bloomberg TV why he does not think so.


Market commentary

Investing in 2018

November 2017 Investing in 2018

2017 has mostly been a positive year for investors with the bulk of assets posting significantly positive returns year-to-date. Volatility remained low and investors were not faced with the large, swift market swings of previous years.

What does 2018 have in store for investors? Will the economic expansion continue unabated?

Sustainable investing

Sustainable investing

November 2017 Measure what matters

Sustainability factors should be part of a fundamental valuation process. How has UBS Asset Management used its own multi-stage valuation model to do incorporate these factors?

Market commentary

Sustainable investing

November 2017 Oil at nearly USD60: Why?

Crude oil crossed USD55 per barrel and accelerated further in the wake of Saudi Arabia's crackdown on corruption. Will oil price continue to increase? What are the likely impacts for investors.


Sustainable investing

Sustainability investing

November 2017 The sustainability imperative

What are the toughest challenge to an ESG-led portfolio? Read our white paper to find out.

Investment insights

The complacency conundrum

October 2017 The complacency conundrum

With developed equity markets still posting very strong risk-adjusted returns, are investors complacent or not?

Market commentary

Fighting with both hands – What a strong Xi Jinping means for China's outlook

October 2017 Fighting with both hands – What a strong Xi Jinping means for China's outlook

Xi Jinping's strengthened position will impact China and Emerging Markets. What opportunities can investors expect?


Market commentary

Market commentary

October 2017 Global Perspectives

How did markets do in September? Do we think that the macroeconomic factors continue to be supportive of the global equities market?

White paper

White paper

October 2017 An industry in transition -
The case for hedge funds

Can hedge funds be fixed-income alternative? Our paper argues that supplementing equity exposure with hedge fund allocation my help investors stay the course for the long term

Market commentary

Market commentary

October 2017 Lessons from managing Chinese equities

Bin Shi, Head of China equities, said he has "made his fair share of mistakes … but this has made for a steep learning curve. In the long run, it has helped him outperform."


Street view

Street view

September 2017 What our emerging markets team saw in China

Our emerging markets team went on a research trip to China. They tested out the latest drones, saw first hand the cashless society that China has become and was shown a cooker that can download receipes from the internet and automatically cooks the dish. What else did they discover?

Investment Insights

Investment Insights

September 2017 Multiple Choice

Do investors place too much emphasis on the price to earnings (PE) ratio? With US equity multiples looking full, we take a deeper look at the PE ratio and assess its value to investors as a predictor of forward index returns.

Market commentary

Market commentary

September 2017 The Chinese 'presidential put'

All eyes will be on the new leadership line-up and policy direction during the October 2017 19th National Congress in China. What should investors expect and how can investors benefit from the Chinese 'presidential put'?


Market commentary

Market commentary

September 2017 German elections

Despite Chancellor Merkel's victory, she has been left weakened following a sharp drop in the vote share of the

Press article

Press article

August 2017 Asia credit market 'still looks pretty good'

Ashley Perrott tells the Straits Times that there are ways investors can generate steady returns despite interest rates remaining low.

Press article

Press article

August 2017 What value investors get wrong

Are low P/E stocks value buys? Geoffrey Wong, head of Emerging Markets and Asian equities explains that valuing companies using P/E only is a "short cut" and can be a "blind spot" for investors


Investment Insights

Investment Insights

August 2017 Human capital: power to the people

What role should population trends play in investors’ analytical armoury when shorter-term market sentiment seems to offer the key to performance?

Investment Insights

Investment Insights

July 2017 Trouble with the curve

Should low levels of unemployment lead to increasing wage growth? Despite very low levels of unemployment, wage growth is not rising close to what the Phillips Curve suggest. Why?

Video

Challenging environment for investors

June 2017 Challenging environment for investors

Ashley Perrott, head of Pan Asia Fixed Income speaks to Bloomberg about the challenges investors face and explains why Asian bonds remains a destination for yield hungry investors