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An emerging property niche to watch: Ghost kitchens

Digital transformation, cost cutting through operational efficiency, scalability and Covid safety are impacting almost every industry. The hospitality sector is facing disruption from a new consumer trend – an insurgency of ‘ghost kitchens’ – which has implications for property investors.

Credit investments can boost conventional ‘barbell’ portfolios

Investors are using corporate bonds to boost returns within their fixed income portfolios, creating tailwinds for the asset class. This Global Credit Outlook 2021 explains why corporate bonds are an attractive option.

Asset allocation challenges: 5 questions for 2021

A static investment approach is unlikely to deliver on long-term return objectives in the current conditions. The Multi-Asset Solutions team explore five key questions on asset allocation.

Navigating investment in a post-Covid world

2020 was a year like no other, with COVID-19 reshaping the way we live, work and invest. As the year began, we were forced to reassess how we interact with each other, how complex systems work together and how nature has more power over us than we normally like to admit.

How to fly guilt-free

Numerous studies point to travel by plane as one of the most emissions-intensive modes of travel. Given this is unlikely to change anytime soon, what is the best way to fly guilt-free?

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Superannuation

The 'Contrast Principle' used by super fund test failures

Rather than compare results against APRA's benchmark, large super funds which failed the YFYS performance test are using another measure such as a CPI+ target, with more favourable results to show their members.

Property

RBA switched rate priority on house prices versus jobs

RBA Governor, Philip Lowe, says that surging house prices are not as important as full employment, but a previous Governor, Glenn Stevens, had other priorities, putting the "elevated level of house prices" first.

Investment strategies

Disruptive innovation and the Tesla valuation debate

Two prominent fund managers with strongly opposing views and techniques. Cathie Wood thinks Tesla is going to US$3,000, Rob Arnott says it's already a bubble at US$750. They debate valuing growth and disruption.

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4 key materials for batteries and 9 companies that will benefit

Four key materials are required for battery production as we head towards 30X the number of electric cars. It opens exciting opportunities for Australian companies as the country aims to become a regional hub.

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Why valuation multiples fail in an exponential world

Estimating the value of a company based on a multiple of earnings is a common investment analysis technique, but it is often useless. Multiples do a poor job of valuing the best growth businesses, like Microsoft.

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Five value chains driving the ‘transition winners’

The ability to adapt to change makes a company more likely to sustain today’s profitability. There are five value chains plus a focus on cashflow and asset growth that the 'transition winners' are adopting.

Superannuation

Halving super drawdowns helps wealthy retirees most

At the start of COVID, the Government allowed early access to super, but in a strange twist, others were permitted to leave money in tax-advantaged super for another year. It helped the wealthy and should not be repeated.

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