Many commentators are increasingly asking whether we should expect a return to an inflationary environment after decades of declining inflationary pressures.
If inflation does pick up, it will completely change the financial environment to which investors have become accustomed, with important implications for equities and bonds if hyperflation worries take centre stage, as well as posing problems for companies with overextended balance sheets.
While we are not loudly proclaiming that inflation is set to soar, it is currently part of our thinking. Hence our priority remains the minority of businesses with genuine pricing power, whether through a clear competitive advantage or explicit inflationlinking e.g. within contracts or regulatory structures, such as utilities and contract caterers.
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Senior Fund Manager
Ben has been with JOHCM since April 2006, when he joined to work with John Wood on the UK Opportunities Strategy, latterly as a Fund Manager. He was previously at Schroder Investment Management as a Financial Analyst in their Pan-European equity research department. Ben is a CFA Charterholder and holds a MA (Hons) in History from the University of Cambridge. He was voted one of Financial News's '40 under 40' Rising Stars in Asset Management, 2015.
Prior to joining JOHCM, Robert worked for Orbis Investment Advisory as an equity analyst for the Orbis Global Equity Strategy, focused on the retail, media, technology, oil & gas and insurance sectors. Previously, Robert worked as a Maths and Physics Teacher at Wellington College. Robert holds a BEng and MEng from Cambridge University and is a CFA Charterholder.
14 years’ industry experience, joined Regnan in June 2020.
Tim Crockford leads the Regnan Equity Impact Solutions team. He previously managed the Hermes Impact Opportunities Equity Fund from its launch in December 2017, having co-founded the Hermes Impact team in 2016. Tim joined Hermes Investment Management in 2009 as a research analyst for the European Equities team and became lead portfolio manager of the ESG-integrated Hermes Europe ex-UK Equity Fund in 2015, which he also managed until he left Hermes.
13 years’ industry experience, joined Regnan in May 2020.
Mohsin is a fund manager dedicated to the strategy. He was previously a senior analyst on the Hermes Impact Opportunities Equity Fund, having joined Hermes in 2017. Prior to Hermes, Mohsin was an investment manager in Global Equities at Pictet Asset Management. At Pictet his experience included working on thematic equity funds including Water, Clean Energy and Agriculture.
10 years’ industry experience, joined Regnan in May 2020.
Maxime is an investment analyst dedicated to the strategy. He has a decade of experience in sustainable investment. Previously, as an investment analyst at Hermes from 2016, he participated in the design, launch and management of the Hermes Impact Opportunities Equity Fund. Prior to this he led the integration of ESG and stewardship across investment strategies.
6 years’ industry experience, joined Regnan in April 2020.
Maxine is an investment analyst dedicated to the strategy. She was previously an analyst on the Hermes Impact Opportunities Equity Fund. Maxime transferred to the Hermes Impact team in 2016, having initially joined the Hermes EOS team in 2014. She headed up the chemicals sector team, while also focusing on the financial services, industrials and technology sectors.