Poised for a comeback

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Stefan Löwenthal

  • Senior Vice President, Chief Investment Officer — Global Multi Asset Team
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After an unprecedented 2020 marked by the pandemic and turbulence, economic uncertainty has left many wondering when the world might return to normal. But 2021 could mean the tide is turning, and may favor real assets. In “Poised for a comeback: Real asset opportunities in 2021,” the Macquarie Multi-Asset team reviews the impact on a number of real asset areas, such as clean energy, the oil market, transportation infrastructure, food prices, and real estate.

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