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The Biden bounce

The Biden bounce: market implications of the U.S. election

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Although still subject to some legal disputation, markets so far have confidently concluded that Democrat Joe Biden will be the next U.S. President. This note assesses the current U.S. political situation and the potential investment implications of a Biden presidency.
Why a re-run of the 2000 contested election is unlikely
Despite long-feared legal challenges from President Trump,

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U.S. Election: Three possible scenarios, and ways investors could play them

U.S. election: Three possible scenarios, and ways investors could play them

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With the U.S. Presidential election now less than a week away, many investors are currently considering how the potential result could impact their portfolios. While, as our Chief Economist David Bassanese noted in his U.S. Presidential election preview, markets ultimately learn to live with whomever the U.S.

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Emerging markets

Emerging markets: Capitalising on five positive trends

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With the pandemic dominating the short-term outlook, the longer-term advantages of emerging markets companies become more important in the pursuit of return.
In this guest article, Martin Currie Australia, the investment manager of the BetaShares Legg Mason Emerging Markets Fund (managed fund) (ASX: EMMG),

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Global ETF Review Q2 2020

Global ETF Review Q2 2020: global ETF industry powers ahead as markets rebound

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The first half of 2020 will go down as one of the most volatile periods in history for investors, as markets followed the Q1 slump with a stunning rebound in Q2.
The global ETF industry emerged from the turmoil in a relatively strong position.

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Robots and Artificial Intelligence: on the front line in the fight against COVID-19

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As COVID-19 spread across the world, causing global lockdowns and record volatility in financial markets, investors have seen equity markets tumble more than 30%, unprecedented policy responses from central banks, and oil futures trade negative.
One investment theme that may merit the attention of investors is a sector of the technology industry that appears likely to have an important role to play in the fight against COVID-19 –

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Global ETF Review Q1 2020: equity ETFs to the fore, as the industry takes a hit

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The first quarter of 2020 was one of the most turbulent in living memory. After hitting record highs in February, equity markets around the world plunged as panic around COVID-19 took hold. Assets under management (AuM) in global ETFs fell significantly over the quarter,

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Look out below: U.S. and Australian earnings update

Look out below: U.S. and Australian earnings update

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Along with global markets, Australian equities have enjoyed a rebound in recent weeks even as the earnings outlook has deteriorated. This note provides an outlook on both U.S. and local earnings and market valuations, and attempts to gauge the extent to which the ‘bad news’

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bad news priced

Miracle on Wall Street: Is the bad news really ‘priced in’?

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Equity volatility over recent weeks has been historically unprecedented. Having once priced in a moderate U.S. recession, Wall Street is now trying to focus on likely better times in 2021. This note explores how challenging it may be for markets to sustain this optimism in the face of a deteriorating earnings outlook in the months ahead.

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