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'China tech' and concentration risk in emerging markets

Like tech in the US, a few Chinese internet behemoths have become increasingly dominant in the emerging market cap-weighted index, Realindex Investments reports.

The growing problem of zombie companies

The existence of 'zombie' firms is a dangerous and growing problem in the global economy. These are companies that would normally have gone bankrupt or been restructured but have been kept alive by sympathetic credit policy and artificially low interest rates.

How to fly guilt-free

Numerous studies point to travel by plane as one of the most emissions-intensive modes of travel. Given this is unlikely to change anytime soon, what is the best way to fly guilt-free?

Analysis of Labor’s dividend imputation proposal

On 13 March 2018, the Australian Labor Party (ALP) announced that if it wins the next election it will amend the imputation system to make excess imputation credits non-refundable from 1 July 2019.

Physical impacts of climate change

  • 6 December 2018

Climate change is causing a wide range of physical impacts with serious implications for investors and businesses. While weather variability and extremes have always existed, satellite and other observations show that temperatures are increasing which is causing extreme weather events to become more frequent and intense.

2018 Responsible Investment Report

  • 7 November 2018

Over the past five years, CFSGAM’s approach to responsible investment has focused on its investment processes and long-term risk adjusted financial returns. Pablo Berrutti, Head of Responsible Investment Asia Pacific, says, “We believe climate breakdown has diverse, urgent and complex implications for investors and the companies we invest in.

American infrastructure exceptionalism

  • 25 July 2018

The listed infrastructure sector in North America contains many world-leading assets operated by world class companies. Over US$50 billion in assets are being added to the asset class in the booming North American oil and gas fields.

Volatility and how we review asset allocations

  • 28 June 2018

In the first half of 2018, we saw volatility return to markets, a breach of the much anticipated 3% yield for 10-year US Treasuries, and an agreed summit between North and South Korea.

A tale of two styles: value and growth

  • 29 March 2018

Value investors have generally done well recently while many growth stocks have languished. In this paper, we look at some of the drivers behind recent market moves, including the effect of rising interest rates, earnings disappointments and the subsequent de-rating of growth stocks.

Make America Great Again: listed infrastructure has a plan

  • 22 February 2018

Infrastructure in the US today feels like the opening line of Charles Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities: “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times”. Many segments of the US infrastructure market are working well while other segments suffer from chronic underinvestment.

Why sustainability matters for listed infrastructure

The essential service nature and large environmental footprints of infrastructure assets make sustainability considerations a vital part of doing business.

Robots, Artificial Intelligence and the future of jobs

Macquarie University, as part of its Lighthouse Lecture Series, recently hosted a discussion by world renowned labour economist, Professor Richard Freeman from Harvard University on “Employment and Income in the Age of Robots”.

Global listed infrastructure securities: Past, present, future

The past decade has witnessed the birth of a new asset class: Global Listed Infrastructure Securities (GLIS). GLIS is now widely acknowledged as a standalone asset class by asset consultants, investors and the funds management industry.

2017 Responsible Investment and Stewardship Report

CFSGAM’s approach to responsible investment (RI) and stewardship is detailed in this 10th anniversary report, covering the 2016 calendar year.

Travel Diary: Made in Japan

  • 19 April 2017

Japan is starting to deliver some volume expansion. Port volumes turned positive for the first time in two years. Rail and airport volumes are robust and will receive a boost from the 2019 Rugby World Cup and 2020 Olympics. Sentiment is lifting and domestic companies are expanding their operations

Non-concessional cap: Update on proposed changes

The Government has announced it won’t proceed with the lifetime non-concessional contributions cap proposed in the 2016–17 Federal Budget, which would have applied from Budget night and included eligible contributions made since 1 July 2007.

The continuing search for growth

This paper explores the increasing preference for global equities that has occurred since mid-2013, when the Australian dollar fell below parity against the US dollar.

Infrastructure and the tangible value of time

This travel diary explores the tangible value of time through three case studies of good infrastructure, from toll roads in Melbourne to airports in Tijuana to mobile towers in Dallas. Investors need to watch for potential change, but the demand for good infrastructure will continue to increase.

Responsible Investment and Stewardship

  • 18 May 2016

CFSGAM’s Responsible Investment and Stewardship Report illustrates the execution of RI commitments across a global investment business.

First Insights April 2016

Continuing the trend of late-2015, the first quarter of 2016 was once again dominated by market volatility. After the first interest rate hike by the US Federal Reserve in December 2015, markets began 2016 weaker, fuelled by global growth concerns, particularly in emerging markets and China and the effectiveness of central bank policy to deal with this.

First Insights January 2016

In this edition of First Insights, Colonial First State Global Asset Management (CFSGAM) discusses key themes for the year ahead and reflect on the year that was.

The Yield Report 2015

Colonial First State Global Asset Management’s yield report explores the potential implications of interest rate increases for seven asset classes across its portfolio of investment capabilities.

Searching for growth outside of Australian equities

The June 2015 Colonial First State Global Asset Management (CFSGAM) Investor Insights report has found Australian investors are taking on more risk in their search for growth, and increasing their exposure to investment property and global equities in lieu of Australian equities.

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24 hot stocks and funds for 2021

Many investors use the new year to review their portfolios, and in this free ebook, two dozen fund managers and product providers give their best ideas for 2021 - some stocks, some funds, some sectors.

The hazards of asset allocation in a late-stage major bubble

The Grantham article everyone is quoting, in full. "The long, long bull market since 2009 has finally matured into a fully-fledged epic bubble ... this could very well be the most important event of your investing lives."

Great new ways the Government helps retirees

Last year's retiree checklist of services available was one of our most popular articles. There are some additions for 2021, and while it can take effort to set them up, they can pay off over the long term.

Four simple strategies deliver long-term investing comfort

A long-time advocate of the merits of generating income by investing in industrial companies rather than bonds or deposits checks his 'mothership' chart for the latest results, and continues to feel vindicated.

Seven steps to easier management of your estate

Don't make life difficult for the person trusted to manage your estate. Find the time to arrange your documents, contacts, online accounts and files in a convenient place, including giving them some cash.

Five reasons Australian small companies are compelling investments

Many investors focus primarily on the big listed companies but the smaller end in tech, mining and healthcare outperforms through innovation. Many Australian companies are world-leaders in their speciality.

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