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Asset allocation amidst significant market uncertainties in a recovering world 

In March 2021, In the Room host, Stephen Backhouse was joined in studio by STANLIB’s Senior Portfolio Manager in the Absolute Returns investment team, Warren Buhai.

The pair chatted about how the STANLIB team views current market uncertainties brought about as the world recovers from the pandemic and global lockdowns and how these views feed into their current asset allocation views.

About the webinar

The world is steadily recovering from the pandemic: infection and hospitalisation rates continue to fall globally; vaccine rollouts have begun; governments are gradually easing lockdown restrictions and economies slowly recuperating. Given the sheer amount of monetary and fiscal stimulus over the past year, risk assets have performed exceptionally well since the very short bear market of Q1 2020. From here the outlook is more nuanced, largely driven by many uncertainties as the world reopens from its major enforced lockdown, including:

  • Stimulus impact on growth and inflation
  • Central Banks reaction function
  • Potential impact on markets from the above


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The speakers

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Warren Buhai

Senior Portfolio Manager

Warren re-joined STANLIB in February 2009 as a Portfolio Manager in the Equity and Balanced investment team making investment decisions across various asset classes including equities, fixed income, property, currencies and commodities.

His previous experience with STANLIB was in research and portfolio management in resources and commodity-related funds. In the interim, Warren obtained experience in the US, as MD of Investments for a private client business targeting opportunities in developed, emerging and frontier markets.

He transitioned to a portfolio management role in the STANLIB Absolute Return team in the second half of 2019.

Prior to joining STANLIB, Warren spent five years in Standard Bank’s Corporate Finance Team advising corporate clients across a wide range of sectors on mergers, acquisitions, disposals, listings, minority take-outs, capital restructurings, fairness opinions, empowerment transactions and other JSE-related activities.



Stephen Backhouse

Head of Strategic Accounts

Stephen is a business development specialist with over 11 years’ experience in the asset management and platform industry. Stephen’s focus is all aspects involved in forging long-lasting relationships with strategic partners, more specifically the Discretionary Fund Managers and large Key Accounts, who are influential partners in our industry and are important stakeholders for the future proposition of INN8.

He was previously the head of Marketing and Business Development at STANLIB, where he was responsible for the Standard Bank relationship. Stephen obtained his Bachelor of Commerce from Rhodes University, and his Honours in Financial Analysis and Portfolio Management from the University of Cape Town.