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Perpetual Ethical SRI Fund turns 20

The Perpetual Ethical SRI Fund, one of Australia’s first ESG funds, celebrated its 20th birthday last month. To celebrate, we take a look back at some of the Fund’s highlights, the process and performance.

Volatility rises, value emerges

The March quarter 2022 saw financial assets face renewed challenges, as China grapples with the Omicron variant of COVID-19 and conflict in the far east of Europe sees disruption and geopolitical tension rise.

Implications of a green future

Australia’s electricity system is undergoing unprecedented change arising from the proliferation of renewable energy generation, but our existing energy system is not designed to cope with such rapid transition.

Three big market changes in recent weeks

(Written prior to the US election) Perpetual’s Multi Asset team share their perspectives on the most recent developments of the continuously-evolving Coronavirus situation and the related implications on financial markets, the global economy and policy responses.

Perpetual: Biden impact not as important as China for Australia

Over the long term it doesn’t matter who is the President as the US has thrived under different presidencies and parties. At least as important for Australia is the deterioration of our China relationship. 

A Perpetual view of the US election

For a view of the US election result and the effect on the stock markets and the economies of the US and Australia, we’re talking with three of Perpetual's investment specialists and researchers.

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Economy

The paradox of investment cycles

Now we're captivated by inflation and higher rates but only a year ago, investors were certain of the supremacy of US companies, the benign nature of inflation and the remoteness of tighter monetary policy.

Shares

Reporting Season will show cost control and pricing power

Companies have been slow to update guidance and we have yet to see the impact of inflation expectations in earnings and outlooks. Companies need to insulate costs from inflation while enjoying an uptick in revenue.

Shares

The early signals for August company earnings

Weaker share prices may have already discounted some bad news, but cost inflation is creating wide divergences inside and across sectors. Early results show some companies are strong enough to resist sector falls.

Property

The compelling 20-year flight of SYD into private hands

In 2002, the share price of the company that became Sydney Airport (SYD) hit 80 cents from the $2 IPO price. After 20 years of astute investment driving revenue increases, it sold to private hands for $8.75 in 2022.

Investment strategies

Ethical investing responding to some short-term challenges

There are significant differences in the sector weightings of an ethical fund versus an index, and while this has caused some short-term headwinds recently, the tailwinds are expected to blow over the long term.

Investment strategies

If you are new to investing, avoid these 10 common mistakes

Many new investors make common mistakes while learning about markets. Losses are inevitable. Newbies should read more and develop a long-term focus while avoiding big mistakes and not aiming to be brilliant.

Investment strategies

RMBS today: rising rate-linked income with capital preservation

Lenders use Residential Mortgage-Backed Securities to finance mortgages and RMBS are available to retail investors through fund structures. They come with many layers of protection beyond movements in house prices. 

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