Alistair Mills, Director Portfolio Analytics & Adviser Business
Greenwashing - what is it, and how to avoid it

Greenwashing – what it is, and how to avoid it

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Ethical investing is no longer a niche area. In the last few years, there has been a significant increase in interest in the space as investors look to drive change with their investment dollars. Total assets under management in sustainable investment funds have doubled over the past four years to around USD 3.6tn1.

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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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Two top risks for 2021 and ETFs that may benefit

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Eurasia Group (a world leader in political risk analysis), published their Top Risks of 2021 report on 4 January.
In their view, 2021 will overwhelmingly be about economic responses to Covid-19’s lingering effects (debt burdens and misaligned politics), even as vaccines are rolled out and the actual healthcare emergency fades.

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Behind the ticker: Apple's new opportunity in India

Behind the ticker: Apple’s new opportunity in India

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The release of Apple’s new iPhone 12 and a recent change in the laws in India have combined to result in a potentially rewarding opportunity for the tech giant.
Apple is a significant holding in the portfolio of the BetaShares NASDAQ 100 ETF (NDQ),

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BetaShares’ top HACK for thematic investing

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Earlier this month Symantec Corp., possibly the best-known name in cybersecurity, completed the sale of its Enterprise cybersecurity business, and the rights to the Symantec name, to Broadcom Inc. Symantec Corp., which makes Norton Antivirus, kept its consumer business but has rebranded as part of the deal,

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Has yield come at the expense of performance?

Have high yield stocks been a drag on your portfolio returns?

Australian investors have likely recently felt the effects of market volatility, which has put downward pressure on many large cap Australian companies that offer relatively high yields. For investors with a concentrated single stock portfolio, this recent performance trend highlights the danger of relying on a small number of high yield stocks for retirement portfolios.

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Abe’s Win: What does it mean for Japanese Equities?

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe recently called an early snap election, resulting in a resounding win for his party (the Liberal Democratic Party). Abe’s party now holds a two thirds majority, thereby establishing an extremely stable government, allowing for continuity and a continued focus on economic policy.
Aside from maintaining ultra-loose monetary policy through ‘Abenomics’ (confirmed in the Bank of Japan’s most recent meeting),

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