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Indian stocks make their move

Indian stocks make their move

Despite India’s economy being relatively hard hit by COVID-19 over the past year, its stock market has been among the strongest performers. Helping underpin the Indian market outlook has been continued strong growth in the economy and corporate earnings. Indian companies that score highly on ‘quality’ metrics such as return on equity have also continued to demonstrate their relatively good performance within the Indian market.

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Market Trends: October 2021

Market Trends: October 2021

Key global market trends – higher rates take their toll

Global equities suffered a setback in September as a rebound in bond yields dragged down still lofty price-to-earnings valuations. The key market development in the month was a more hawkish than expected Federal Reserve policy meeting, which suggested a tapering in bond purchases would be announced next month and U.S.

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Forget nukes – cyber conflict is the 21st century crisis

Forget nukes – cyber conflict is the 21st century crisis

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The online age has heralded a new era of warfare, which pits not only sovereign nations against one another, but also cyber criminals against businesses, individuals, and their intellectual property.
Cybersecurity incidents soared in Australia during the past financial year, according to the recent Australian Cyber Security Centre’s (ACSC) second annual threat report.

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Quality Performance Without the Price Tag

Quality performance without the price tag

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Over the long term, ‘high-quality’ companies have tended to outperform the more cyclically exposed areas of the market as investors have searched for companies with lower debt, more consistent earnings and stronger profitability, offering dependable, secular growth in a low-growth world.
This is visible when comparing historical returns of an index of high-quality global companies to the broad global market over the past decade.

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Will the Fed sink stocks?

Will the Fed sink stocks?

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Last week’s U.S. Federal Reserve policy meeting suggested the world’s most important central bank was inching closer to tightening monetary conditions. This note considers the potential impact on bond yields and equity markets.
The Fed turns a little hawkish
The upshot of last week’s Fed policy meeting was that it signalled a likely tapering of bond purchases following the November policy meeting (which has long been my preferred timetable).

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3 ways to boost your investment income

3 ways to boost your investment income

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With interest rates around the globe in low single digits, yield-hungry investors face the challenge of finding investment strategies that offer a satisfactory level of income. According to Trading Economics, there are currently around 50 countries that have an interest rate of 1% or below1.

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Should SMSFs be reconsidering their asset allocation?

Should SMSFs be reconsidering their asset allocation?

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With interest rates expected to stay low over the next few years and bonds delivering negative returns after inflation, traditional asset allocation for retirees may no longer work as well as it has in the past.
While the traditional 70/30 asset allocation split has served retirees,

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Active? Passive? Or chimpanzees?

Active? Passive? Or chimpanzees?

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So you want to invest your money in stocks. You know about the benefits of diversification and want exposure to lots of stocks, but don’t necessarily have the time or expertise to select specific companies yourself.
Many people in this situation use investment managers to invest on their behalf.

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