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Global microcaps: Exploring the features of this unique asset class

Global microcaps is a largely overlooked and misunderstood asset class in Australia. Investors who have made an allocation in offshore markets have been drawn to its superior potential for wealth creation and diversification benefits.

Western Asset: Five reasons why fixed-income still matters

In today’s low-rate environment, do bonds still provide effective diversification in a traditional asset allocation framework? Are the reasons for owning fixed-income the same as they have been in the past? The short answer to both questions is a resounding 'Yes'.

No place to hide: Five-year capital market assumptions

Conservative investors that need to protect real purchasing power in the short run (a retiree on a tight budget) will likely invest differently than investors that have long time horizons.

Why SMSFs are making changes to asset allocation splits

While the traditional 70/30 asset allocation split may have served retirees, and those still working, well for some time, today’s environment may require a change in strategy. Here are some tips on tapping into growth and reviewing core exposures.

The power of perspective: 2021 Vanguard Index Chart

Staying the course isn’t always easy for investors, but looking at how markets perform over time places the current market in context.

Weighing up the cost of ESG bonds

ESG bonds are an increasingly popular way for fixed income investors to signal that they are taking ESG seriously. But how do they compare to traditional bonds? And, how can investors avoid paying the so-called "greenium"?

Emerging markets disrupt, innovate, and power transformation

Emerging markets have innovative companies capable of disrupting established industries, changing the course of a country’s economic outlook, while generating strong growth and returns.

Ten for 2021 - Midyear Update

Last November, the heads of four investment platforms identified the key themes they anticipated would guide investment decisions in 2021. With the year half over, we see how they’ve played out and check the outlook.

An emerging property niche to watch: Ghost kitchens

Digital transformation, cost cutting through operational efficiency, scalability and Covid safety are impacting almost every industry. The hospitality sector is facing disruption from a new consumer trend – an insurgency of ‘ghost kitchens’ – which has implications for property investors.

Minicycles and liquidity as a fixed income alpha lever

Shifts in market structure post-GFC have led to lasting changes in the behavior of credit spreads, with significant implications for active investors.

Five ways to turn down the noise and stay focused as an investor

The risks around investing seem to receive ever higher prominence these days as the digital age enables the rapid dissemination of news and opinion. The danger is that all this noise is making us worse investors as we lurch from one worry to the next. The key to investor success is to manage the noise and stay focussed.

Interest rates, house prices, super: keys to Australia's household wealth

Changes in the ‘wealth effect’ are a key factor in assessing the outlook for the Australian economy due to a large share of our economy being driven by household consumption.

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Unexpected results in our retirement income survey

Who knew? With some surprise results, the Government is on unexpected firm ground in asking people to draw on all their assets in retirement, although the comments show what feisty and informed readers we have.

Three all-time best tables for every adviser and investor

It's a remarkable statistic. In any year since 1875, if you had invested in the Australian stock index, turned away and come back eight years later, your average return would be 120% with no negative periods.

The looming excess of housing and why prices will fall

Never stand between Australian households and an uncapped government programme with $3 billion in ‘free money’ to build or renovate their homes. But excess supply is coming with an absence of net migration.

Five stocks that have worked well in our portfolios

Picking macro trends is difficult. What may seem logical and compelling one minute may completely change a few months later. There are better rewards from focussing on identifying the best companies at good prices.

10 reasons wealthy homeowners shouldn't receive welfare

The RBA Governor says rising house prices are due to "the design of our taxation and social security systems". The OECD says "the prolonged boom in house prices has inflated the wealth of many pensioners without impacting their pension eligibility." What's your view?

Six COVID opportunist stocks prospering in adversity

Some high-quality companies have emerged even stronger since the onset of COVID and are well placed for outperformance. We call these the ‘COVID Opportunists’ as they are now dominating their specific sectors.

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