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Market Trends: September 2019

Reading time: 5 minutes Key Market Trends – trade tensions return August saw a return to ‘risk-off’ sentiment in global markets, reflecting a resumption in US-China trade tensions, growing signs that these tensions are impacting on global growth (especially in Asia and Europe) and related fears associated with the renewed inversion of the US yield

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The search for global quality

Reading time: 3 minutes Market cap-weighted share indices can tend to overweight overvalued stocks and underweight undervalued stocks. Investing based on quality, on the other hand, does not consider a stock’s market capitalisation – rather it applies certain quality factors. This approach aims to produce superior performance to market cap-weighted indices, and arguably best demonstrates

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FTSE 100 ETF

Boris, backstops and Brexit: is the U.K.’s FTSE-100 a value opportunity?

Reading time: 5 minutes The election of Boris Johnson as the U.K.’s new Prime Minister has heightened Brexit concerns.  As this note will demonstrate, however, these concerns have already been at least partly priced into the U.K.’s FTSE-100 Index – and perhaps unduly so given the global orientation of its most highly-weighted companies.  Exposure to

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Global ETF Review Q2 2019 - fixed income

Global ETF Review Q2 2019: Fixed income stretches lead

Reading time: 3 min As 2019 reaches its half-way point, we have seen a continued and marked preference by investors for passive strategies at the expense of actively managed strategies, along with an overall preference for investing via the ETF structure. Overall U.S. ETFs received ~US$56B of net inflows versus outflows in traditional managed funds

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Defence is the best offence

Defence is the best offence

Reading time: 4 minutes Last month, the Toronto Raptors won their first NBA Championship in franchise history against the Golden State Warriors, who had one of the most dominant offences of the last five years.  It is interesting to analyse how the Raptors pulled it off.  Not only did they lead offensively by scoring more

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Emerging markets

7 reasons to invest in emerging markets

Reading time: 5 minutes Emerging markets no longer only for the brave Some time ago, investing in emerging market companies was not for the faint of heart. Sector exposures were very biased towards manufacturing and agriculture, while the economies these companies operated in were immature and often had structural issues. What’s more, investors brave enough

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global etf review Q1 2019: Fixed income

Global ETF Review Q1 2019: Fixated on Fixed Income

Reading time: 3 min The first quarter of 2019 saw investors continue to preference investing via the ETF structure compared to traditional mutual funds, which continued to sustain net outflows. Fixed income was most definitely the flavour of the quarter, as investors moved to a decidedly risk-off position in their portfolios. Within equities, North American

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fortifying your portfolio

Late Cycle Bull Markets: 5 Ways to Fortify Portfolios in 2019

Reading time: 4 minutes Beginning in early 2009, the current global equity bull market has been one of the longest on record. While no-one can pick the exact top in the market, a growing number of analysts concede the bull phase is at a mature stage and downside risks are accumulating. Bear markets, when they

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Quality pays in late cycle

Why quality pays in late-cycle periods

Reading time: 3 minutes History suggests that so-called “quality” companies, i.e. those with a high return on equity (or “ROE”), tend to be able to produce market-beating shareholder returns over time.  As this note details, moreover, quality companies have tended to especially outperform in “late-cycle” market periods, as investors have tended to gravitate toward companies

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