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Sticker shock! How to position portfolios for a potential breakout in inflation

Sticker shock! How to position portfolios for a potential breakout in inflation

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Along with rising commodity prices over recent months, the recent much higher than expected lift in United States consumer prices has heightened global market concern over a potential breakout in inflation. For those investors concerned about such a risk, this note considers some potential ways they can add an ‘inflation hedge’

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Good news is bad news

Global markets
The ‘bloodbath’ in global bond markets continued last week, with U.S. 10-year bond yields ending the week up another 7bps to 1.41%. A poorly supported U.S. 7-year Treasury bond auction appeared to be the catalyst for last week’s further yield gain, with assurances from Fed chair Powell (not even thinking about ending QE anytime soon!) only stemming the sell-off for a couple of days.

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Bond blues

Global markets
The rise and rise in global bond yields in recent weeks – on the back of rising raw material and wholesale price pressures – finally got noticed by hard-charging equity markets last week, though at this stage the yield impact is a glancing blow rather than a knockout punch.

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Inflation Watch

Global markets
Global equities continued to grind higher last week in the absence of bad news. Biden’s massive U.S. fiscal stimulus package remains the ‘gift that keeps on giving’ as it slowly winds it way through Congress and gives equity bulls something positive to talk about on quiet days. The U.S.

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Market Trends: December 2020

Market Trends: December 2020

Key global market trends – stock rebound!
After two months of consolidation, global equities powered ahead in November, reflecting positive COVID-19 vaccine news and a seemingly clear winner of the U.S. Presidential election. The gains came despite rising COVID-19 cases in both Europe and the United States and the re-imposition of some social distancing restrictions.

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ETFs paying distributions – Answering the 8 most frequently asked questions on distributions

ETF distributions – Answers to your 8 most frequently asked questions

At the beginning of each financial year, we typically receive many questions around distributions paid by ETFs. With the 19/20 financial year just a few weeks behind us, many investors will likely be turning their mind to the topic of distributions, so we thought we’d provide answers to some of the commonly asked questions.

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EOFY thoughts on ETFs

End of financial year thoughts on ETFs

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Note: BetaShares is not a tax adviser and this information should not be construed as tax advice. You should obtain professional, independent tax advice before making any investment decision.
Sir Benjamin Franklin had some witty quotes: one of my favourites is: “Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.” 1 June marked the day pubs re-opened in New South Wales,

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Answers to your most-asked webinar FAQs

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A large audience dialled into the latest of our fortnightly ‘Virus Crisis’ webinars last week. We received many questions from those who attended. David Bassanese, BetaShares Chief Economist, has provided responses to some of the most-asked questions by attendees.
1. You mentioned V,

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