While the climate emergency is becoming more pressing by the day, our country is continuing its usual policy of (very) small steps at a slow pace. And while solar power is now the cheapest source of electricity, we continue to rely heavily on fossil fuels.
Infrastructure: public funding is not enough
The need for infrastructure is such that even massive government plans will have to be supplemented by private funds. And that’s just as well as these investments are particularly attractive, especially in times of inflation.
A Rollercoaster Year
As we are coming out of the summer holiday season, it is worth pondering over what has been one of the most complex investment environments for a long time. Between the concern over economic growth, a resurgence of inflation and an extraordinarily tense geopolitical situation, there has been very little space to hide in financial markets.
The return of selectivity benefits active managers
The rise in interest rates and the rethinking of globalisation should mark a return to active management and fundamental research.
Turbulent times ahead
2022 currently feels like a perfect storm: lingering COVID, war in Ukraine, the return of inflation, recession. There have been very little places to hide as markets are absorbing the daily grind of bad news.
War in Ukraine puts active investment back on the agenda
In addition to its impact on the global economic order, the invasion of Ukraine will accelerate the energy transition and force investors to be more selective.
Has the world changed for ever?
The tragedy in Ukraine could lead to a real paradigm shift and the emergence of a new world order. Some of the possible consequences, such as a slowdown in world trade, rearmament and a return to confrontation between the major strategic blocs, are a step backwards. But others, such as the realisation of our dependence on fossil fuels, could give a massive boost to the energy transition.
Who (still) wants market forecasts?
Every year, investors play scare tactics with worries about the dangers in the markets. Yet, with a combination of reasonable investment horizon and management discipline, they can usually put their minds at ease and forget about short-term predictions.
Green In, Green Out
While the financial sector is often accused of greenwashing, it is important to remember that responsible investments can only be made with truly sustainable companies. This is why sustainability reporting standards for companies are essential.
Financer le futur après la pandémie
Cette chronique de Jean Keller est parue dans Le Temps du 14 juin 2021. Lire l’article en PDF.
Après avoir dépensé sans compter pendant la pandémie pour soutenir leur économie, les États occidentaux vont désormais devoir réduire leur endettement, au moment même où ils devront consentir d’énormes investissements pour mener à bien leur transition énergétique. Heureusement, le financement privé des infrastructures permet de résoudre ce casse-tête. Mais si cette solution est bien éprouvée en Europe, elle est encore mal perçue en Suisse.