The Impact and Opportunity of Artificial Intelligence

A massive Megatrend that’s only just beginning to reach into every part of our lives and industries. Is it all just technology hype? We are hearing a lot about Artificial Intelligence (AI) and the reality is that it’s finally begun to deliver on the promises, some made more than 60 years ago. Machine-learning systems however have recently demonstrated superhuman performance in domains as diverse as recognising objects in images, detecting fraud, diagnosing disease, security, and making recommendations to customers (chatbots). They are also the power behind applications like Google Translate (not a raft of linguists and polyglots). What AI will create and achieve into the future however is mu

Quarterly Insights - July 2019

The Quarter in Review Global equity markets had a positive quarter with the US leading, followed by non-US developed and emerging markets. The S&P 500 Index had its best first-half performance since 1997, overcoming rising trade rhetoric between the U.S. and china. On the monetary policy front, major global developed world central banks left interest rates unchanged during Q2 as expected. The Fed continue to indicate they will remain accommodative if economic conditions soften and the ongoing trade negotiations take longer than expected to resolve. In a low growth environment the growth oriented stocks continue to perform strongly led by the information technology sector. The major laggards
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