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5 Innovation platforms investors shouldn't miss in 2019

Summary During the fourth quarter, the MSCI World Index, S&P 500 and NASDAQ posted their weakest results since late 2008, pushing valuations to their lowest levels since 2014. Among the fears continuing to unnerve equity markets were slower economic growth globally, trade tensions, Fed tightening, and a flattening yield curve. Exacerbating ...

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CIO Insights: Bonds perform for portfolios in the final quarter of 2018

In 2018, many Australian investors missed a cornerstone defensive allocation that diversified risk when the rest of portfolios struggled. According to Bloomberg, major global equity markets returned -6% to -25%, global aggregate credit -3%, global inflation-linked credit -4%, and global high yield -4%. Government bonds? US treasuries +0.9% and Australian Government bonds a ...

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In the AI age, active managers making smart human decisions will win

Summary One of the pleasures of getting older is that you start to have proper grown-up conversations with your children. Recently, one of my daughters started her first job, which was pleasing from her perspective and, for me, a clear improvement in the household finances! She commenced a role in investment ...

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US midterms may breed a lame duck

With our overall asset class views still favouring growth assets driven by positive views in particular for US equities, the US midterms on November 6th have the potential to upset the apple cart. However, with midterm elections just weeks away, our view is that we are entering a bit of a ...

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Aberdeen Standard Investments announces partnership with The Australian National University, reflecting strength in ESG integration

Aberdeen Standard Investments has announced a new partnership with The Australian National University (ANU), in which they will manage an Australian Fixed Income strategy with an emphasis on ESG. ANU Endowment Fund has selected Aberdeen Standard Investments to manage a strategy that invests in active Australian Fixed Income with an ESG overlay - ...

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Growth Farms offers investors a slice of Australian farmland

Specialist agricultural asset manager Growth Farms Australia has launched an innovative investment trust, the Australian Agricultural Lease Fund, that will buy agricultural land and lease it to primary producers. Farm leasing is a well-established model in the US and other markets, and Growth Farms Australia believes it has strong potential in ...

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