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Julian Howard

Julian Howard - Lead Investment Director, Multi-Asset Class Solutions (MACS) London

Julian Howard is the Lead Investment Director of Multi Asset Solutions at GAM.

He manages c. $2bn of investments across equities, bonds and alternatives for a diverse client base including institutions, charities, private clients and retail investors. He is responsible for strategic and tactical asset allocation as well as fund selection. Prior to joining GAM in 2007, he held roles at Henderson Global Investors, Insight Investment, Invesco Perpetual and JP Morgan Investment Management. Julian Howard holds a BA in History from Bristol University, the CISI Diploma, the CISI Investment Advice Diploma and the CISI Diploma in Investment Compliance. He is a CISI Chartered Wealth Manager and is based in London.

Julian Howard

My Insights

Investment Opinions
Yes, we really could go on like this
10 April 2024

US stocks have been defying higher interest rates consistently since October 2022, rising by around 40%. At the same time, the US economy has accelerated even as inflation has been cooling. Either something is about to break, or a profound change could propel stocks onwards.

Investment Opinions
Q1 Multi asset perspectives: A new era?
05 April 2024

Julian Howard, GAM’s Lead Investment Director of Multi-Asset Class Solutions (MACS) London, outlines his latest multi-asset views, exploring how the economy is growing without excess inflation and markets are progressing despite high interest rates.

Investment Opinions
Boom and gloom: should we worry about unhappy US consumers?
7 March 2024

The US is experiencing strong economic growth, abundant jobs and positive real wages. But puzzlingly, US consumer surveys reveal a deep and persistent dissatisfaction. Are we on the cusp of a self-fulfilling prophecy, or do further good times lie ahead?

Investment Opinions
Treasury Trove
12 February 2024

Hidden in plain sight for many investors, longer-dated US Treasury bonds may seem dull to some but now offer multiple opportunities. With valuations around their most attractive levels in recent years and increasingly competitive with equities, Julian Howard believes they are valuable portfolio diversifiers well-placed to capitalise when inflation and growth ultimately ease.

My Videos

Active Thinking

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Multi Asset Solutions – Julian Howard
19 October 2023

Julian Howard reflects on the combination of stretched valuation and a tight equity risk premium that has made equities less attractive in the short term. However, it does not undermine the very long-term case for equities, in his view. He also notes the long-term structural case for China.

Active Thinking

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Multi Asset Solutions – Julian Howard
28 July 2023

Julian Howard shares his summary of Q2’s events and his outlook for the rest of 2023. He also discusses the investment implications of artificial intelligence (AI) and some factors he’s keeping the closest eye on. Despite this year’s narrow tech-led stock market rally, and some stretched valuations, he also outlines a scenario which could make equities look much better value into the turn of the year.

My Awards

Double awards for GAM’s Multi Asset Class Solutions (MACS) strategies in Austria
November 2023

GAMs Multi Asset Class Solutions (MACS) strategies have been honoured by the Austrian GELD magazine, in two categories: Equity Fund of Funds (1st place) and Mixed fund of funds - flexible – conservative (3rd place). These awards recognise the best funds of funds in Austria.

Congratulations to Julian Howard and his team for their excellent performance and achievements.

Read more (in German) here.

Double win for GAM at the 2023 Citywire Investment Performance Awards
October 2023

GAM won awards in two categories: Best Large Firm – GAM Investments and Cautious Portfolio Award – Flexible Global Portfolio.  Congratulations to Julian Howard, Phil Alexakis, Anisa Shek and Manveer Badesha from the London MACS investment team.

The annual wealth investment performance awards showcase the firms and strategies which delivered top risk-adjusted returns over a three-year period.

Full details of these awards and the independent methodology used are available here.

Two managers chosen for Citywire Wealth Manager 100
October 2022

Julian Howard and James McDaid have each been selected for Citywire Wealth Manager’s annual list of the 100 leading fund selectors across the UK and Channel Islands.

Click here to see the full list.

Three GAM Investment Solutions managers chosen for Citywire Wealth Manager 100
October 2020

Charles Hepworth, Julian Howard and James McDaid from GAM Investment Solutions have each been selected for Citywire Wealth Manager’s annual list of the 100 leading fund selector across the UK and Channel Islands.