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Inflation, rotation and opportunities

With predictions of above-average economic growth globally, record fiscal and monetary economic stimulus and increased likelihood of inflation, we are entering an economic environment never seen before.

Market outlook 2021 Q&A

A Q&A on the investment outlook including the global recovery, vaccines, inflation, the risk of a share crash and Australian house prices.

Western Asset: Will inflation finally turn up in 2021?

There has been a wave of speculation recently about the inevitability of rising inflation, given the enormous amount of both fiscal and monetary stimulus unleashed to counter the ill effects of COVID-19’s economic impact. While the specifics are new, we’ve seen similar concerns over the last 40 years, and we are not convinced this time is any different.

The Year of Living Dangerously

Hamish Douglass, Chairman and CIO at Magellan, explains the intricacies around the vaccines for the virus behind COVID-19, warns a mutant variant could appear and tells why that’s just one risk that could catch out investors in 2021.

To have an impact on diversity, count on culture

The world is pushing for social change, with calls to alleviate social injustice and racial inequality growing louder around the globe. Businesses have as much responsibility for diversity and inclusion as individuals.

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.

Hamish Douglass on the hunt for super-compounding stocks

Hamish discusses Magellan's unusual origin story, China, and how to build a cohesive world-stock portfolio. Check this podcast from Morningstar in the US.

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.

Asset Allocation Committee Outlook 1Q21

The arrival of coronavirus vaccines means the economy should eventually get out of its sickbed, but we think investors should take things steady as the recovery is likely to be uneven and bring its own risks.

Fixed Income Investment Outlook 1Q 2021

With asset prices close to record highs, we believe many investors are underestimating the potential risk of inflation as economies recover. Here, we focus on inflation developments and how they could affect fixed income positioning in 2021.

Real Assets Outlook

From across AMP Capital’s global offices, various Infrastructure and Real Assets teams share their key themes for the year ahead and how investors can access the opportunities that emerge.

Global Innovations Driving Zero Carbon Cement

There is currently no low-carbon replacement for cement’s core ingredient—called clinker—that also matches the scale of growing global demand. This puts cement in a tug-of-war between two global trends: improving standards of living and decarbonising national economies.

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400th Edition Special: 45 of the best investment ideas

Over eight years since February 2013, Firstlinks has become a leading financial newsletter, publishing thousands of articles from hundreds of writers. To mark this milestone, 45 experts have joined the celebration for our 400th edition bringing their best investing ideas for the next few years.

Four bubbly market pockets show heightened risk for investors

At the top of every market, there are signs that investors look back on and say the excesses were obvious. While many parts of the market are fairly valued, here are four bubbles which show irrational exuberance.

Turning point: the 2020s baby boom retirement surge

Every week, 2,500 Australians retire, or at least, reach the age of 65, and 2021-2027 will represent the peak years of the baby boom retirement surge. Longevity of life comes with dangers and opportunities.

How long will my retirement savings last?

Many self-funded retirees will outlive their savings as most men and women now aged 65 will survive at least another 20 years. Compare your spending with how much you earn to see how long your money will last.

The world in 2030: Six investing tips for the next decade

Six portfolio managers look at how life may change by the end of the decade and how shifting trends are influencing their investment decisions. It's an optimistic view of the world in 2030 as a better place.

The equity of government support for retirement income

Claims about the inequity of super tax concessions and the advantages for high income earners miss a fundamental point. It's fairer with more realistic assumptions on the value of future payments.

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