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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?

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Have the rules of retirement investing changed?

In retirement, we still want to reduce stock volatility while generating cash flows. The two needs have not changed, but the reward expected in the old days from interest payments has gone. What should we do?

One last hurrah for the 60/40 portfolio?

The 60/40 diversified portfolio has been the mainstay of the superannuation industry for decades. But it is built on a fundamental principle of defensive bond returns, and its time is nigh.

YourSuper will save $17.9 billion! Surely you’re joshing

In Budget 2020, Josh Frydenberg announced a performance comparison tool and fund stapling to save Australians $17.9 billion over 10 years. But too many moving parts make results highly cyclical.

18 Aussie names for your watchlist

A Morningstar stock screener reveals a cross-section of companies with competitive advantages that are trading at material discounts to estimated value. This is a list of 18 highly-rated names worth watching.

Claiming a tax deduction for super contributions

The timing of lodging a notice of intent to claim a tax deduction on super contributions and making partial rollovers or withdrawals can make a big difference to the amount allowed to be claimed.

Welcome to Firstlinks Edition 378

Budgets are forecasts, and more than most, Josh Frydenberg and Treasury waved a wet finger in the air in compiling the 2020 version. How many companies will now employ a new apprentice for $100 a week subsidy? Which back-of-the-envelope showed 3.5 million businesses would use the instant asset write off? And the $17.9 billion for super savings based on the YourSuper proposal is wishful thinking.

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