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Western Asset's Global Outlook, Q2 2020

Western Asset’s base case outlook is for a longer, U-shaped global economic recovery premised on the view that near-term growth will be severely impacted, but that this shortfall will prove to be largely transitory as policymakers push to resuscitate economic activity.

Australian ETF Review April 2020

Investors committed more than $1bn in new money to ETFs in April, as the sharemarket rebounded after dramatic falls in March, spread across a range of asset classes and exposures, reflecting a diversity of investor views and investment strategies.

The new economic order

The Covid-19 crisis will trigger a step-change in policy, accelerate existing trends and transform investment frameworks. Government intervention, fiscal activism, corporate governance and sustainability, and continued Asian economic strength will characterise this new order, creating opportunities out of dislocation.

The case for real return investing + Covid webinar

While most long-term investors accept that market corrections and fluctuations occur over time, severe downturns lead many to question: How to best structure a portfolio to withstand extreme market stress?

Bear funds: Some questions answered

'Bear funds' are one of the few ways investors can profit from market falls, but it is important to know how they work and the risks involved, including how they relate to movements in the underlying market.

Is there light at the end of the coronavirus tunnel for investors?

After a strong rally, in the short-term shares are vulnerable to bleak economic and earnings news. However, positive news on the coronavirus outbreak is starting to get the upper hand.

Asset Allocation Committee Outlook 2Q20

Attempts to flatten but lengthen the growth curve of COVID-19 infections through social distancing and self-isolation will hopefully save lives and keep healthcare systems running. The price to pay is a steep reduction in economic activity.

10 tips for investors in uncertain times

With the volatility in markets at the moment, Fidelity has outlined 10 key principles to help investors keep their wits about them in this handy infographic.

Panic is the enemy

COVID-19 is leading to unprecedented economic destruction across the world. While the human and financial cost will be enormous, dislocation also presents opportunities. Investors will need patience and a long-term horizon to benefit.

The Fed’s latest initiative is a game-changer

The Fed policy initiatives introduced in recent weeks together represent a game-changer for the economy - in ways that go beyond what you might think.

The benefits of gold as a strategic asset for SMSF trustees

Precious metals have been valued as a store of wealth for generations. Contemporary investment vehicles are today making this asset class more convenient than ever to hold within a diversified investment portfolio.

Five charts on investing for rough times like these

While we haven’t seen a pandemic-driven bear market before, the basic principles of investing have not changed. This note revisits five charts that are particularly useful in times of stress.

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Buffett's meeting takeaway: extreme caution

Warren Buffett's annual meeting of Berkshire Hathaway showed he has not been 'investing while others are fearful' during the crisis. lt's a reminder to take caution and preserve cash.

Welcome to Firstlinks Edition 356

Few investors are as influential as Warren Buffett, although for the moment, the market is ignoring his caution. The annual meeting of Berkshire Hathaway revealed Buffett did not use the heavy market falls in February to buy shares. Rather than 'buy when others are fearful', he was a net seller of US$6 billion for the quarter, disposing of all airline shares. Berkshire is sitting on US$137 billion in cash, suggesting he expects better buying opportunities to come.

  • 7 May 2020

The vibe of future returns: tell ‘em they’re dreamin’

It's the vibe, but not much else. Super balance calculations default to earnings rates of 7.5%, but that's in the past. Global experts suggest financial plans are now dreaming at this level.

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.

Retiree spending patterns differ from most expectations

A study of actual spending habits shows retirees have a faster-than-expected drop-off in spending in later years, casting doubts on financial plans that assume increasing expenditure over time.

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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