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Our public sector research team is based in Moscow providing us with the on-the-ground, local knowledge which we believe is key to making informed investment decisions in our geography. Our investment process focuses on developing a thorough understanding of the corporates in our investment universe. As well as the usual financial modelling, we spend a lot of time meeting with corporates to understand the aims and ambitions of company management and principals.
The research and investment team have been working in Russia since the mid-1990s and have known many of the company's since before they were first listed.
In addition to investment research, we produce a number of research products including quarterly updates and more thematic reports which we hope provide some insight into our thinking about Russia's financial markets.
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November 2019
Falling Bond Yields, Rising Dividends – The Curious Case of The Domestic Investor
October 2019
VCGF 3Q19
August 2019
Russian Equity Market: a longer-term perspective
In this research piece we put Russian market’s performance year-to-date into a longer-term context. We looked at Russian equities since the very creation of the modern market in 1995, how it performed vs other emerging markets, and tried to attribute performance to various factors: domestic economy, oil prices, political turmoil, and inherent market volatility.
July 2019
VCGF 2Q19 newsletter
This report discusses in detail the main developments of the second quarter of 2019. We identify the reasons behind continuing ruble appreciation, discuss implications of the regime change in Kiev for Russia/Ukraine bilateral relationship, and discuss the main reasons for market performance this quarter. We look deeper into Gazprom story, discuss the causes of its dramatic performance and, putting it in into the longer-term context, single out things to watch that will shape the future performance of the company.
June 2019
Russia under sanctions
This research looks in depth into the effects foreign sanctions had on Russia’s economic outlook, retaliatory measures of the Russian government, and the adapting qualities of the Russian private and public sectors. We discuss impact of existing sanctions on individual sectors and financial market as a whole and analyse the potential effect of future sanctions currently being proposed.
April 2019
VCGF 1Q19 newsletter
This report covers main themes of the first quarter of 2019: most recent developments in the Calvey case, progress in Russia/Ukraine relations, strong performance of the ruble and the stock market’s rally. We focus on the reasons behind the outperformance of the top three contributors to the index: Lukoil, Sberbank and Yandex each had its own story behind the rally this quarter.
December 2018
2019 outlook
This report discusses the stance of the Russian equity market at the beginning of 2019 and contrast geopolitical risks with attractive fundamentals of publicly traded companies. We also track efficiency gains of underlying corporates and changing attitude towards rewarding shareholders through higher dividend payments. The research also discusses macro dynamics following the introduction of higher VAT tax, effective on January 2019, inflation expectations and potential response by the Central Bank of Russia.

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We are a specialist Emerging Market asset manager focused on investing institutional funds to enhance risk weighted return with a focus on the geographies in the CIS region
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