Passive investments change market structure and market behaviour

Prof. Dr. Bernd Meyer, Chief Investment Strategist, and Ulrich Urbahn, Head of Strategy & Research, shed light on the impact of increasing passive investing on market structure and behavior.

The importance of passive investments continues to grow. They enable investors to invest quickly, cost-effectively, and supposedly without disadvantage in different asset classes, regions, or segments, even if underlying securities are not very liquid. However, their growing importance is leaving its mark on the behaviour of the overall market and individual securities. Passive investments are one of the drivers of the continuously changing market structure. With a focus on equities, we high-light the key implications of passive investing that investors need to be aware of. However, many findings also apply to bond markets. For active investors, this de-velopment also creates opportunities.

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Authors

Prof. Dr. Bernd Meyer

Prof. Dr. Bernd Meyer has been Chief Investment Strategist at Berenberg Wealth and Asset Management since October 2017, where he is responsible for discretionary multi-asset strategies and wealth management mandates. Prof. Dr. Meyer was initially Head of European Equity Strategy at Deutsche Bank in Frankfurt and London and, from 2010, Head of Global Cross Asset Strategy Research at Commerzbank. In this role Prof. Dr. Meyer has received several awards. In the renowned Extel Survey from 2013 to 2017, he and his team ranked among the top three multi-asset research teams worldwide. Prof. Dr. Meyer is DVFA Investment Analyst, Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and guest lecturer for "Empirical Research in Finance" at the University of Trier. He has published numerous articles and two books and received three scientific awards.

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Ulrich Urbahn

Ulrich Urbahn joined Berenberg in October 2017 and is portfolio manager of the flexible multi-asset fund Berenberg Variato. In addition to generating investment ideas, his focus is on capital market communication. After completing his double degree in economics and mathematics at the University of Heidelberg, Urbahn gained two years of market experience at Commerzbank as a quantitative portfolio analyst before becoming a cross asset strategist in 2010, where he was responsible in particular for the asset classes equities, REITs and commodities and covered institutional clients in Germany and abroad for more than seven years. Urbahn is a CFA charterholder and belonged from 2013 to 2017 to the top three multi-asset research teams worldwide, according to the renowned Extel survey.

Head of Multi Asset Strategy & Research
Phone +49 69 91 30 90-225

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Berenberg Variato R

LU1878856043 | A2N6AQ
Date: 24.05.2022
ISIN: LU1878856043
WKN: A2N6AQ
Performance 1 year: -9.75%
Volatility 1 year: 7.95%
NAV: 117.12 EUR