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The name is bond...corporate bonds

The name is bond…corporate bond: neither shaken or stirred in past market downturns

The current equity market slump, including ‘Shocktober”, has once again shown the value that bonds can play in investors’ portfolios in terms of offering some downside protection. While this may be obvious to some, what is perhaps less obvious is that compared to the traditional benchmark bond indices which are generally heavily weighted to low-yielding

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Market Trends: December 2018

Overview – global equities stage a modest comeback Global equities returned a modest 1.3% in local currency terms during November, partly unwinding their sharp 6.9% slump in October. An easing back in global bond yields supported both bond and equity returns in the month, reflecting persistent low US inflation reports and signals from the US

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WAAAX vs. FAANG: How does the Aussie tech sector stack up against its US counterparts?

WAAAX vs. FAANG: How does the Aussie tech sector stack up against its US counterparts?

The Australian technology sector has enjoyed solid return performance in recent years, so much so that some of the leading companies have been given their own acronym – the so-called “WAAAX” stocks.  As this note demonstrates, however, our home grown technology boom appears somewhat frothier than is the case in the United States, where share

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Shelter from the storm: the performance of corporate bonds & hybrids during the equity sell-off

The recent decline in equity prices has once again highlighted the importance of asset allocation and portfolio diversification.  As will be demonstrated in this note, although corporate bonds and hybrid securities have some exposure to credit risk, their valuations have held up relatively well during the recent period of equity market turmoil. This highlights their

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Will rising rates kill the bull market?

Will rising rates kill the bull market?

The recent surge in US bonds yields has caught the attention of investors worldwide and forced a re-think over the equity outlook.  This note suggests, however, that higher rates need not kill the bull market anytime soon, provided corporate earnings remain upbeat and inflation contained. Market comes around to the Fed’s thinking As evident in

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Robot Revolution

Robot Revolution: Is this the great global mega-trend of the 21st century?

Thanks to rapid technological advances, the global robotics and artificial intelligence (A.I.) sectors stand poised to significantly boost global economic productivity and redress worker shortages caused by population ageing over coming decades.  As this note will demonstrate, moreover, the robot revolution also offers the growth potential to reward investors who tap into this emerging global

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