This episode of In the Markets with Fred & Rory sees the fund managers look at defence stocks and the ESG implications of holding them.

Our last podcast was published on the eve of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, and by now the ramifications have been truly felt by all, including financial markets. We expect many countries to increase their defence budgets in the wake of this tragic war and so we look at what makes a defence stock, the criteria we have to hold such a stock and why we believe that holding a defence stock is net positive for ESG.

What is the Tempest, who is BAE Systems and could Trump have had a point in demanding increased NATO membership spend?

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