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Market Trends: April 2021

Market Trends: April 2021

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Major global market trends
Reflecting the improving economic outlook, global equities continued to move higher in March, though so too did bond yields. Commodity prices, by contrast, corrected a little, which perhaps reflected a tightening in Chinese credit conditions. Despite the ‘risk-on’ sentiment,

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Making an impact with thematic investing: the catastrophe and opportunity of climate change

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Last week I read an interesting piece by someone who clearly is not a fan of thematic investing.
He demonstrated the dangers of jumping on the ‘next big thing’, pointing out, for example, the risks faced by early investors in the automobile industry.

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CLDD: Behind the ticker

Behind the ticker: Fighting COVID in the cloud

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One thing that COVID has taught Australians (particularly Victorians) is that the quality of contact tracing is integral to keeping outbreaks to a minimum and ensuring the country can remain open. Time and time again we have heard claims from our politicians of ‘gold standard’ contact tracing,

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A new dawn in the land of the rising sun

A new dawn in the land of the rising sun

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Japanification
For almost three decades, from 1991 until only a few years ago, the Japanese stock market severely underperformed other developed markets on the back of a stagnating economy. So much so that the term ‘Japanification’ was coined to reference other developed economies possibly facing the same challenges that plagued the Japanese economy during this time,

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