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Sell the fact

Global markets
The correction in global equities continued last week given the latest Fed meeting offered nothing new and U.S. economic data disappointed somewhat. Bonds yields were steady while the $US eased a bit further.
Although the Fed confirmed it has moved to a new framework which will tolerate inflation at greater than 2% (if it ever happened) for some time –

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Four reasons to consider currency hedging your global investments

Four reasons to consider currency hedging your global investments

Unlike investing in local shares and property, investors considering exposure to international shares and commodities face the decision of whether to hedge the associated foreign currency exposure.
All else constant, if you are bullish on a global investment exposure but also bullish on the Australian dollar, it makes sense to seek a currency-hedged exposure if available,

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Is the $A cheap or expensive? An update on valuations

Is the $A cheap or expensive? An update on valuations

The Australian dollar has endured a rollercoaster ride in recent months along with the significant volatility in global risk sentiment. After reviewing a range of fundamental drivers, however, it appears the $A is currently reasonably close to fair value.
An $A valuation framework
A lot has happened since I formally reviewed my $A valuation framework in November last year.

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ETFs paying distributions – Answering the 8 most frequently asked questions on distributions

ETF distributions – Answers to your 8 most frequently asked questions

At the beginning of each financial year, we typically receive many questions around distributions paid by ETFs. With the 19/20 financial year just a few weeks behind us, many investors will likely be turning their mind to the topic of distributions, so we thought we’d provide answers to some of the commonly asked questions.

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FOMO Fever

Global markets
Good news is good news. Bad news is good news. And no news is good news also! Global equities pushed higher last week as positive ‘re-opening’ data, no second waves, and confidence in unrelenting fiscal and monetary stimulus continued to buoy investor sentiment. Key U.S. manufacturing and non-manufacturing indices bounced a little more than expected in May,

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Testing support

Global markets
Last week I headlined my Bites report ‘Testing resistance’, given the focus on whether the S&P 500 could break through recent highs of 2,930 and march onward to 3,000. As it turned out, the market did test, but failed to break, this resistance, given the double blows from both U.S.

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Answers to your most-asked webinar FAQs

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A large audience dialled into the latest of our fortnightly ‘Virus Crisis’ webinars last week. We received many questions from those who attended. David Bassanese, BetaShares Chief Economist, has provided responses to some of the most-asked questions by attendees.
1. You mentioned V,

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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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ETFs and the coronavirus crisis: 4 FAQs

ETFs and the coronavirus crisis: 4 FAQs

Sharemarkets have been in turmoil for several weeks, with few portfolios unaffected and volatility at all time highs. As a result, we’ve received many questions from investors relating to their ETF investments. We thought we’d use this post to provide answers to 4 of the most common:

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