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The Retreat of Globalisation

Anticipating radical change in the culture of financial markets

By Gervais Williams

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About the Author

Gervais Williams

Gervais Williams is an award-winning equity fund manager. As a professional investor, he has exceptional credentials. He received Grant Thornton's Quoted Companies' Award Investor of the Year in both 2009 and 2010; then in 2012 his Diverse Income Trust was recognised as the Best New Investment Trust by the Association of Investment Companies. He was also What Investment's Fund Manager of the Year ... Read more on Gervais Williams

Contents Listing

Acknowledgements
Foreword by Merryn Somerset Webb
Introduction

1. The World as We Know it
2. The Strange Case of Corporate Profits
3. The Age of Plenty
4. The Second Major Credit Boom
5. The Balance Between Growth and Decay
6. A Profits Recession
7. Aggregate Risks
8. Turn and Face the Change
9. Niche is Nice
10. Productivity Improvement
11. Superior Service Standards for Superior Returns
12. Risk Reduction

Conclusion: The Changing Face of Finance

Bibliography
Index
Acknowledgements
Foreword by Merryn Somerset Webb
Introduction

1. The World as We Know it
2. The Strange Case of Corporate Profits
3. The Age of Plenty
4. The Second Major Credit Boom
5. The Balance Between Growth and Decay
6. A Profits Recession
7. Aggregate Risks
8. Turn and Face the Change
9. Niche is Nice
10. Productivity Improvement
11. Superior Service Standards for Superior R ...

Jacket Text

In The Retreat of Globalisation, award-winning fund manager Gervais Williams outlines why we are entering a period when the culture of financial markets will change more in three years than it has in the last 30.

Globalisation has been running into headwinds for a while, but until recently few appreciated that it had already passed its high-water mark. With the benefit of hindsight, we can now see events like Brexit and the election of Donald Trump in the context of a new social - and economic - trajectory.

Markets have already entered a period of flux. Social disenchantment with globalisation was already a political issue. But the market implications of a retreat from globalisation remain greatly under-appreciated.

How can savers know what might constitute the best stocks in this changed world? The Retreat of Globalisation argues for some unconventional yardsticks going forward. The answers may seem counter-intuitive to those who have only known one set of economic conditions. But the need to find those answers has never been more pressing.

Professional Reviews

"...serious investors should read it because it is thought provoking and challenges conventional thinking." Rodney Hobson, Morningstar and author of Shares Made Simple

"Williams writes well - not always a given for fund managers - and his 30 years of investing experience gives his arguments credibility to my mind and this is an accessible read that makes you think a bit more than other books out currently." Lawrence Gosling, founding edtor Investweek Week and editorial director Professional Adviser

"Williams’ focus on the importance of corporate profit margins is particularly welcome and his investment recommendations are sensible without being obvious. Both private investors and professionals should take the time to read this book." Matthew Partridge, MoneyWeek


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Media Coverage

Share Talk - Conkers Corner

[Audio recording]

Welcome to the 29th SHARETALK’S CONKERS’ CORNER. In this interview I have the privilege of speaking with award winning Investment Fund Manager @gervais_mam Gervais Williams. ...

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Morningstar.co.uk

The End of Globalisation?

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Professional Adviser

"What do you mean it's the end of the party?" asked the chairman of the improbably-sized investment company Prandeamus Asset Management when I bumped into him this week at the launch of Gervais ...

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Edison TV

Video file of interview with Gervais Williams

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Expert Investor Europe

See attached PDF for article

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Expert Investor Europe

Article published featuring commentary from Gervais Williams.

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Expert Investor Europe

Once the preserve of the left, anti-globalisation sentiment has crossed over to the mainstream. Is the populist swing away from globalism a blip, or something more permanent? And what will be the ...

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ETF Express

Gervais Williams, managing director of Miton Group, has published a new book, ‘The Retreat of Globalisation’ warning: “Index funds have passed their sell-by date. Expect more change in the ...

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Director's Talk Interviews

Video interview with Gervais about his new book

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Investment Week

Stuck on what to buy the financial services professional in your life for Christmas? How about an investment book? Lawrence Gosling runs through some of the titles that have hit our desks in recent ...

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