What We Do

Incisive Global Tactical Asset Allocation and Thematic Research

Our Approach

Firstly, what we don't do - forecasts of GDP, inflation or any other macro variables. We focus instead on analysing consensus expectations, narratives  and positioning to find inflection points, as drivers of asset reallocation flows and hence Alpha generation opportunities.  Our core product is the in-depth and highly readable Market Insight note, covering any topic or theme which we think most relevant to portfolio returns over the next few quarters.

 

We also regularly offer thought provoking presentations on key themes via our marketing partners. . Our clients, ranging from some of the largest global multi-asset managers to US hedge funds and Asian family offices, tell us that the coverage of key markets trends is unusually thought provoking and cohesive. Above all, we make distinctive market calls and stand behind them, such as the pivot from global tech to energy as an historical mean reversion opportunity from late 2020. 

 

 

The team is led by founder Sean Maher, who began his career as an analyst with leading commodity market consultancy CRU Group. He has since worked as an equity PM with RLAM, the asset management arm of the UK's largest mutual insurer, in investment banking research with WestLB and Nomura and as consultant economist to the HK based Pacific Basin Economic Council. He is a regular speaker at investment conferences, and was shortlisted for the 2018 Society of Business Economists' Rybzcynski prize. 

For Asian clients, an abridged simplified Mandarin version of the core research product is available. 

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Recent Thematic Research 

  • Can China Shift From World Class Consumer to Enterprise Software?

  • Web3 Protocols Plus AR/VR Hardware Fuel Rise of Virtual Consumption Metaverse

  • Pharmaceuticals Evolving Into 'Biological Software' via mRNA and Immunology

  • Energy Transition to Trigger Recurring Supply Crises Without Storage Breakthrough ​

  • 'Second Mover' Auto OEMs Face Scramble For EV Battery Supply 

  • Renewables Intermittency to Drive Nuclear Renaissance 

Client Services

  • Overnight comment and in-depth weekly macro analysis reports by subscription

  • Regular roadshow meetings and ad hoc conference calls

  • Bespoke outsourced macro research for third-party clients

  • Conference and client 'off site' presentations and speeches