Why currency hedging matters!

Last year in my article Currency hedging – 3 things to consider I introduced the concept that exposure to foreign currencies can potentially be an added source of unnecessary risk to your global equities investment when looking at certain currency pairs. Today I’m going to highlight a few specific international regions and global sectors where

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Financials flex their muscles: what’s good for banks is good for the economy

The decision by major banks over recent weeks to unilaterally raise interest rates on residential property loans, especially for investors, appears to be officially sanctioned and could helpfully ease demand pressures in the Sydney and Melbourne housing markets. That said, greed can be good! These actions could also conveniently help boost bank net-interest margins, which

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In the pursuit of efficiency

In this fast-paced world in which we live, where productivity and ‘being busy’ are a constant focus I find that there is increasingly less time in the day to finish all the tasks and activities I need to do.  So, I am always on the lookout for tips and tricks that can make my life

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Portfolio Diversification II: The importance of fine-tuning

Last year I addressed the concept of portfolio diversification and how we can assess it quantitatively through the use of return correlations. Just to recap: Correlation refers to the strength of the co-movement between two assets or portfolios (ranging from -1.0 or perfect negative correlation to +1.0 or perfect positive correlation) Diversification benefits – where

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Global Market Outlook: March 2017 – Equities looking over extended

Global equities made further gains in February, still buoyed by signs of an improving economic outlook and limited upside pressure on bond yields and the US dollar. While the longer-term outlook remains encouraging, however, equity markets look over extended in the short-run and could pull back once the extent of US President Trump’s fiscal stimulus

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