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The role of fixed income in a diversified portfolio

Many investors are familiar with the concept of diversification, spreading investments across different asset classes. Most diversified portfolios include growth assets, such as shares and property, as well as defensive assets, such as fixed income and cash.

Fixed income fundamentals

A fixed income investment is a simple interest only loan. It may be made to a government, semigovernment authority or company; as such, fixed income investments are often referred to as ‘debt’ investments.

Emerging and Frontier Markets Strategies

Channel Capital affiliate, RWC, provides an overview of the third quarter of 2019 before exploring investment opportunities in the healthcare sector in emerging and frontier markets.

Solving for 2020

The heads of Neuberger Berman’s investment platforms identified the key themes they anticipate will guide investment decisions in 2020. These 10 themes are discussed in detail in this report.

Vanguard economic and market outlook for 2020

Friction from the trade war, the Brexit saga and broader political uncertainty have translated to further muted expectations for global growth.

Asset Allocation Committee Outlook 4Q19

Neuberger Berman’s Asset Allocation Committee meets quarterly to poll its members on their outlook for the next 12 months on each of the asset classes noted and, through debate and discussion, refines its own market outlook.

The devil is in the details: does responsible investing really deliver?

An estimated US$30 trillion of AUM today takes into account some form of ESG data, but does responsible investing deliver only perceived value or can it really enhance overall risk/return?

In a world searching for growth, Asia shines

The long-term outlook for Asia is positive, but in the short term, there is likely to be some volatility thanks to trade disputes, weak Chinese data and political unrest.

On board with a long-term view

A case study on shifting the performance evaluation mindset. This paper reflects the work done with MFS' mutual funds board and the process it took to push the business forward and think differently.

Global credit cycle built for endurance

Investors continue to debate where we are in the global credit cycle and wonder if the party is about to end. This paper delves into the implications for portfolio positioning.

Women, parental leave and financial stress

While no group or demographic is immune from financial stress, Australian working women are continuing to feel the pressure, with one in five identifying as financially stressed.

Why now is the right time for value

There have been recent comments in the market that value investing is broken. Given how expensive the market has become, is now actually the time to overweight the style?

Most viewed in recent weeks

10 undervalued stocks if you're worried about volatility

Amid the coronavirus-induced turmoil, many quality names are trading at a discount to fair value, according to Morningstar analysts. A smaller list of companies also screen for earnings certainty.

Baseline outlook for economic recovery is too optimistic

We cannot throw our hands up in the air and say 'this time around, it's simply too hard'. Having no macro view is unhelpful, but many of the baseline scenarios are overly optimistic, says the former CEO of Westpac and now Chairman of Chi-X Australia.

What will stop the market returning to its highs?

Despite signs of optimism, market valuations are stretched and recovery is fuelled by government support. Some companies are doing well but stimulus cannot continue to prop up consumers for too long.

The most amazing investing lesson of all

If you had to choose one concept to explain to a young person setting out on an investment journey, it should be compounding. While the results are not as spectacular, it's especially relevant when returns are lower.

Will our government embrace these three reforms?

COVID-19 is an opportunity for a crucial policy reset, but what does that really mean? Business is hoping for three big reforms, but there are massive barriers to be overcome.

Welcome to Firstlinks Edition 357

There is a remarkable concentration similarity between the Australian and US stock markets that has delivered poor results for Australians and great results for Americans (and global investors). As the share prices of five Australian banks have tanked, the prices of five US technology companies have surged. Each group now represents 20% of their respective indexes, but the journey has been a disaster for many Australians.

  • 13 May 2020

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