What biodiversity loss could mean for the global economy—and why investors need relevant data now

What do the golden toad, paradise parrot, Little Swan Island hutia, and Yarkon bleak all have in common? They’re 4 of 19 animal species identified as extinct in 2011 primarily due to climate change and severe weather.[1] Between 1950 and 2021, the world also lost 50% of its living coral.[2]

Unrest in Russia: Stay calm, invest on

The paramilitary Wagner Group’s armed rebellion against the Russian government was short-lived but shocking. It has of course raised questions from a geopolitical perspective. We at Allspring know that uncertainty and global unrest also are part of the equation investors globally are trying to solve right now. Below, four of our investment leaders provide their insights on the situation’s potential impacts on various asset classes as well as possible risks we’re monitoring for.

Bear with us: An evaluation of valuation for those on the fence about getting defensive

The first six months of 2022 saw a precipitous 20% drop in the S&P 500 Index, plunging equities into their 15th bear market in the past 100 years. We’re now 16 months into this bear market—are investors prepared for what happens next?

Pensions Brace for Impact From New Valuation Standards

If you haven’t read the latest revision to Actuarial Standard of Practice No. 4 (ASOP 4)*, or if you still have questions, it’s not too late. We break it down here, focusing on what it is, why it matters, and how it might affect investment portfolios. That’s crucial for pension plan sponsors, but it’s also essential information for other stakeholders, including bond investors.