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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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Market trends: July 2019

Market Trends: July 2019

Reading time: 5 minutes Key Market Trends – bond-driven equity rally May’s US-China trade fears gave way to central bank easing hopes in June, with a further decline in bond yields helping power a rebound in global equity markets.  New dovish signals from the US Federal Reserve saw the $US weaken while the $A firmed

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ETFs and the fine art of portfolio rebalancing

ETFs and the fine art of portfolio rebalancing

Reading time: 3 minutes Determining how to spread your funds across investment asset classes of varying risk and potential return is one of your most important investment decisions. Having a lot invested in equities will likely mean your long-run returns will be higher, but also that you will have to endure more volatility along the

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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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market trends - june 2019

Market Trends: June 2019

Reading time: 4 minutes Video: Quick highlights Key Market Trends A resumption of US-China trade tensions saw global equities pull back in May, with the MSCI All-Country World Index declining by 5.7% in local currency terms.  As seen in the chart below, this continues the broadly choppy performance of equity markets since early 2018, reflecting

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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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ASIA: Behind the Ticker – You’ve heard of DJ’s, but what about JD.com?

Quick read: 3 minutes JD.com aka Jingdong could be the biggest company you’ve never heard of. The company started as a small bricks and mortar store in Bejing in 1998 and moved online in 2004. It now provides over 314 million active customers in China with direct access to an unrivalled range of authentic high-quality

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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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