On the tenth anniversary of Amundi’s founding we have selected ten themes that have defined the decade’s economic, financial and asset management landscape.
They include economic developments such as the rise of unconventional monetary policies, the return of protectionism, the emergence of crypto-assets, and the digital revolution; challenges specific to asset management such as negative interest rates, fears of secular stagnation, and the rise of geopolitical factors; and long-term global challenges such as climate change, inequality, social cohesion, and migration.
These themes have been the focus of the Amundi World Investment Forum (AWIF), which for a decade has brought together over 500 of our customers (sovereign wealth funds, central banks, institutional investors, distributors, and corporations) with prestigious speakers including Nobel Prize laureates and top politicians.
The Forum, which is Amundi’s headline event, defines the group’s thinking and strategy. It allows us to share views on economics, finance, geopolitics, investment, and asset allocation, and on the specific concerns of our customers, such as ESG standards, retirement, alternative assets, and active versus passive management, among others. The ten themes analysed in the first ten chapters of this book are all drawn from the past AWIF editions, underlining their importance.