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The View Summer 2020

The Summer edition of The View provides a step-by-step guide to how the political and economic environment has driven financial markets, and what this means for your investments.

Architas to sell UK investment business

Article | Corporate news | 01/07/2020

Architas, part of the global AXA Group, today announced the sale of its UK investment business to Liontrust Asset Management Plc (“Liontrust”). The UK investment business, which includes two regulated legal entities Architas Multi-Manager Limited and Architas Advisory Services Limited, consists of UK regulated funds and UK advisory business with around £5.6bn* in assets. Subject to regulatory approval and approval from Liontrust shareholders, it is expected the sale will be completed by the end of this year. 

Our market view

Article | Investments | 06/05/2020

Given the unprecedented situation and current high levels of volatility in the world economy, markets are clamouring for a conclusion to Covid-19.

Spotlight on Covid-19

Article | Investments | 06/05/2020

There is a lot of uncertainty surrounding the outcome of the global pandemic. While comparisons to previous downturns are difficult given the uniqueness of this situation, looking at historical events may help to provide perspective and maybe a bit of hope to all of the gloom.

Protection against market falls

Article | Investments | 05/05/2020

Today’s Covid-19-driven declines are clearly concerning, but markets inevitably have downswings as well as upswings and we’ve seen drops of this level before. So how can we provide some potential fund protection and position ourselves for any potential rebound?

Our investment view for you

The View Spring 2020

Article | Investments | 29/04/2020

In our Spring edition of The View, we provide a step-by-step guide to how the political and economic environment has driven financial markets, and what this means for your investments.

Covid-19 – why you shouldn’t panic

Article | Investments | 21/04/2020

The spread of Covid-19 has left many people concerned about their investments, as stock markets have fallen and an economic slowdown becomes increasingly evident.

The cost of missing out on a market recovery

Article | Investments | 31/03/2020

When there is increased volatility in markets, it’s natural to become concerned and consider withdrawing your investments.

Covid-19: What does this mean for my investments?

Article | Investments | 20/03/2020

The last few weeks have seen a sharp market reaction to the spread of the coronavirus.

We have created the following update to help explain what Covid-19 means for your investments.

Market responses to pandemics

Article | Investments | 19/03/2020

Markets often bounce back strongly after viral outbreaks. Will they do so with coronavirus?

Covid-19 business update

Article | Corporate news | 18/03/2020

In light of the escalating Covid-19 pandemic we wanted to outline the steps we are taking to both protect the safety of our staff and also continue to provide the level of service our clients expect.

A guide to investing in volatile markets

Article | Investments | 09/03/2020

This guide gives you information on all the things you might need to consider when investing through periods of volatility in the markets.

A Deterioration in the global growth outlook

Article | Investments | 21/02/2020

Most major stock markets took a battering in January, as the coronavirus outbreak was declared a global health emergency by the World Health Organization.

Coronavirus weighs on the stock markets

Article | Investments | 21/02/2020

All major stock markets fell in January, as the outbreak of the coronavirus weighed on investor confidence and caused a spike in market volatility.

The View - Winter 2019

Article | Investments | 31/01/2020

The Winter edition of The View provides a step-by-step guide to how the political and economic environment has driven financial markets, and what this means for your investments.

How will the election affect markets?

Article | Investments | 13/12/2019

A Conservative win was always likely to be the most market-friendly outcome. We anticipate this will provide positive sentiment for UK shares (equities), but it will also be positive for sterling, which might undermine the sentiment boost, as FTSE heavyweights earn a significant portion of their revenues overseas. 

Megatrends – the forces shaping our future

In this article we find out what megatrends are and what they mean for investors, before examining five megatrends identified in a...

A good month for US stocks

The US stock market delivered a record-beating performance in October, with the S&P 500 index hitting fresh highs. 

Positive data, but risks remain

Article | Investments | 26/11/2019

Concerns over global growth appeared to lessen with the release of some positive economic data in October. However, risks still remain – elections, trade tariffs and geopolitical tensions to name but a few.

Safe haven for investing

Article | Investments | 20/11/2019

Global growth worries and a trade war between the world’s two largest economies, the US and China, have led investors towards...

The View - Autumn 2019

Article | Investments | 09/11/2019

The Autumn edition of The View provides a step-by-step guide to how Architas Funds have performed recently, how the political and economic environment has driven financial markets, and what this means for your investments.

Markets react dramatically to Trump’s tweet

Article | Investments | 25/09/2019

This combined with the low stock market trading volumes typical of the holiday month of August, prompted profit taking and shares sold off globally. 

Markets troubled by growth fears

Article | Investments | 25/09/2019

The prospect of slower growth and lower interest rates sets a volatile backdrop for equities (also known as shares), where we maintain an underweight stance. 

August brought a burst of volatility

Article | Investments | 24/09/2019

Tariff issues and tweets from US president Donald Trump fuelled this volatility. This resulted in shares (also referred to as ‘equities’) selling off and bonds going up

Liquidity matters

Article | Investments | 17/09/2019

Liquidity, which indicates how easy it is to buy or sell an investment, has been the big story of recent months. 

Your guide to passive investing

Article | Investments | 15/02/2019

In this guide to passive investment you can find out about the basics of investing in funds, the benefits of asset allocation and how passive investing itself works.

Architas Q4 2018 Fund manager thoughts: Specialist...

Article | Videos | 14/02/2019

Mayank Markanday, Senior Investment Manager for Architas, talks about the risks faced by markets and the importance that company earnings could have on market sentiment. 

Architas Q4 2018 Fund manager thoughts: Passive...

Article | Videos | 14/02/2019

Alex Burn, Investment Manager for Architas, talks through the volatility of the last quarter and how US interest rate rises will be central to 2019.(

Architas Q4 2018 Fund manager thoughts: Active...

Article | Videos | 14/02/2019

Nathan Sweeney, Senior Investment Manager for Architas, talks through the last quarter's turbulent time and his hopes for equities for the first quarter. 

Architas Q4 2018 Fund manager thoughts: Blended...

Sheldon MacDonald, Deputy Chief Investment Officer for Architas, talks through the difficulties faced by markets last quarter and the worries over global growth. 

Quarterly Investment Review - Q4 2018

Article | Investments | 31/01/2019

In this edition of the QIR, we shine the spotlight on alternative investments - which are a little different to traditional assets like stocks and bonds – and take a look at the role they can play for investors.

Helping you meet the flexible retirement...

Article | Investments | 16/11/2018

Since 2015 retirement savers have been given a lot of freedom with their pension pot because of government reforms. This has had a massive impact on the choices available.

Architas Q3 2018 Fund manager thoughts: Blended...

Article | Videos | 31/10/2018

Sheldon MacDonald talks through the past quarter, the rest of the year; whether socially responsible investing can boost returns and if things have really changed since the financial crisis. All in just over four minutes.

Architas Q3 2018 Fund manager thoughts: Income...

Nathan Sweeney shares his views on what has happened in the markets for income investors, talks about Trump’s role in the US economy and if thing have changed since the financial crisis. All in under four minutes.

Architas Q3 2018 Fund manager thoughts: Specialist...

Article | Videos | 31/10/2018

Solomon Nevins reflects over emerging markets in the past quarter and how the US elections may shape the rest of the year; and finally what has surprised him most in his career so far in this short video.

Architas Q3 2018 Fund manager thoughts: Active...

Article | Videos | 31/10/2018

Nathan Sweeney talks through the past quarter, the rest of the year, his thoughts on rising volatility in markets. If we are in a tech stock bubble and what piece of industry jargon should be banned, all in this short video.

Architas Q3 2018 Fund manager thoughts: Passive...

Article | Videos | 31/10/2018

Alex Burn discusses market events, his thoughts on the US/China trade war and What has surprised him the most in his career so far in this three minute video.

Architas Q2 2018 Fund manager thoughts: Passive...

Article | Videos | 18/07/2018

Alex Burn discusses market events, his thoughts on a rising oil price and what the best piece of advice he’s been given in this two minute video.

Architas Q2 2018 Fund manager thoughts: Blended...

Article | Videos | 18/07/2018

Sheldon MacDonald talks through the past quarter, the rest of the year; where he’s looking for active management opportunities and what the most challenging aspect of his job, all in under three minutes.

Architas Q2 2018 Fund manager thoughts: Specialist...

Article | Videos | 18/07/2018

Mayank Markanday talks through the past quarter, the rest of the year; his thoughts on rising volatility in markets; and what the most challenging aspect of his job is in this five minute video.

Architas Q2 2018 Fund manager thoughts: Active...

Article | Videos | 18/07/2018

Nathan Sweeney talks through the past quarter, the rest of the year, his thoughts on rising volatility in markets and shares the best piece of advice he’s been given in under four minutes.

Architas Q2 2018 Fund manager thoughts: Income...

Article | Videos | 18/07/2018

Nathan Sweeney shares his views on what has happened in the markets for income investors, talks over the rising price of oil and how he filters information for his job, all in under four minutes.

Architas CIO on the year so far in markets

Article | Videos | 30/04/2018

In this video Architas CIO Jaime Arguello gives his thoughts on the year so far, what led to the higher market volatility and what we should expect for the rest of 2018. 

Architas Q1 2018 Fund manager thoughts: Active...

Article | Videos | 17/04/2018

Nathan Sweeney talks through the past quarter, the rest of the year and his thoughts on the best place for active management at the moment in this short three minute video.

Architas Q1 2018 Fund manager thoughts: Income...

Article | Videos | 17/04/2018

Nathan Sweeney, Senior Investment Manager shares his views on what has happened in the markets over the past quarter for income investors. And takes a look at the current challenges and opportunities for investing for income.

Architas Q1 2018 Fund manager thoughts: Passive...

Article | Videos | 16/04/2018

Alex Burn talks through the past quarter, the rest of the year, the role of government bonds in a portfolio and what the investment industry has taught him in this short three minute video.

Architas Q1 2018 Fund manager thoughts: Specialist...

Article | Videos | 16/04/2018

Solomon Nevins talks through the past quarter, the rest of the year and his thoughts on infrastructure investments in this short three minute video.

Architas Q1 2018 Fund manager thoughts: Blended...

Article | Videos | 16/04/2018

Sheldon MacDonald talks through the past quarter, the rest of the year and his thoughts on the best place for active management at the moment in this short three minute video.

Architas sees strong UK and global growth in 2017

Article | press releases | 22/02/2018

Today we announced strong growth in 2017 as net new money for the UK business in 2017 hit £867mn. Net new money for the global business as a whole was €2.12bn while total assets reached €43.7bn as at 31 December 2017. 

Architas appoints investment manager

Article | press releases | 27/11/2017

Mayank Markanday has this week joined Architas as an investment manager. He will co-manage a number of portfolios.

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