Deb Clarke | 07-Sep-2020

Pandemic turbulence brings 2020 trends into sharp focus

At the end of 2019, we set our themes and opportunities for 2020 to help clients navigate the year ahead. “It’s a matter of time” was all about the need for investors to clarify their timeframe, prepare themselves for business as unusual and position their portfolio for climate change.


The derailment of the global economy in the first half of 2020 was something most investors were unprepared for. But despite these turbulent times, our themes and opportunities stay true. In fact, COVID-19 has accelerated many of the trends we had already started to see.


The impact of financial crises and other major market events highlight the need to be in firm control of your long term investment strategy. The sudden and significant decline in global markets in March 2020 was no different, and provided an important stress test for institutional investors; testing their ability to react, adapt and readjust. The key is agility and an effective investment decision making process.


Join me at the virtual Global Investment Forum

Mercer’s first virtual Global Investment Forum will be held from Monday, 21 September, to Wednesday, 23 September 2020. The event, hosted by Mercer London, will focus on the challenges and opportunities facing investors within the European market. We encourage all asset owners and plan sponsors to take part in this learning opportunity — from the comfort of your own home or office.


The future of energy and the impact for portfolios, and liability hedging at near-zero yields are just some of the topics we will touch on during this virtual event. I am also excited to let you know that we will provide you with a sneak peek on what we see as the evolution of themes and opportunities and how it could play out for investors in 2021.


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