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Market downturns and the 3 bears

The volatility and declining performance of the markets over the last few weeks have certainly put some investors on edge and have been a timely reminder that, just as markets were kind to investors last year, and by and large trended up, markets can indeed go down. Given the recent volatility, depending on how your

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$US Weakness

Why is the $US so weak?

One of the surprise global market developments over the past year has undoubtedly been weakness in the $US. Why? This note suggests that, rather than simply blaming a dovish Fed or an erratic US President, the main driver of $US weakness has been the broadening (or “synchronisation”) of global growth over the past year, which

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Global Market Outlook

Global Market Outlook: Property bounces

Month in Review Global equities enjoyed another good month in November, reflecting ongoing positive economic data and still relatively low global inflation and bond yields.  Prospects for a US tax cut also helped to buoy sentiment over the month, while geo-political risks – such as North Korea – remained contained. The MSCI All-Country Equity Index

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CyberSecurity

HACKED! The investment opportunity in the world’s fastest growing threat

Uber, the ride sharing company, was caught out last week after it was discovered they had paid US$100,000 to cybercriminals in October 2016, following the theft of 57 million customer and driver records worldwide. This has caused significant reputational damage to the company and clearly shows no company is safe from the ever increasing threat

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Hybrids: The importance of active management

Due to their attractive franked income returns, usually relatively low capital volatility, and ready availability through the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX), hybrid securities have been a popular choice with Australian retail investors over recent years.  That said, while until recently investing in hybrids directly was the primary method available to investors, this note outlines the

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