CPD: The resilience of dividends in volatile markets

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With interest rates around the world hovering around historical lows, investor appetite for alternative income sources, particularly dividends, has increased markedly. Although some investors might be fearful of dividends being affected by market volatility, history tells us that dividends are, in fact, remarkably resilient in volatile markets. In this article, Grant Samuel Funds Management looks […]

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CPD: Will the US yield curve invert?

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And what will that tell us about the economy, equities and real estate? It’s been 10 years since the global financial crisis tore through markets in the months surrounding the collapse of Lehman Brothers in October 2008. While the tussle between the bulls and bears is always ongoing, in the time since it has been […]

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CPD: Have we learned the lessons of the GFC?

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Brad Boyd, senior vice president with fixed income specialist Payden & Rygel, was in Australia recently and shared a range of insights with advisers around the country. In this article, Grant Samuel Funds Management shares some of those insights; a retrospective look at bond markets and economies before the Global Financial Crisis (GFC), what’s happened […]

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Calvert welcomes publication of standards from the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB)

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What the SASB standards mean for investors? Calvert Research and Management, a leader in Responsible Investing and an affiliate of Eaton Vance, believes the competitive functioning of securities markets requires that companies provide transparency through disclosure of material environmental, social, and governance (ESG) performance factors. “That is why we are delighted by the announcement of the official […]

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BlackRock 2019 Asia Investment Outlook

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BlackRock investment professionals have set out their investment outlook for 2019 on the Asian equities and credit markets. The year 2019 could be this year’s mirror image when risk assets declined as many countries faced external headwinds amid a strong backdrop for earnings and economic growth globally. The Asia Pacific region leads the emerging world […]

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CPD: Investing for the long term – ‘future quality’ companies

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This paper discusses the belief that investing in ‘Future Quality’ companies will lead to outperformance over the long term. Drawing on academic evidence, it outlines the three fundamental concepts which underpin our definition of Future Quality investments Firstly, we look at value creation models within firms. This involves assessing the level of excess cash return […]

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CPD: Mobile adoption curve and 5G – a unique opportunity in global listed infrastructure investment

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Communications infrastructure, a sub-segment of the infrastructure asset class, is enjoying rapid growth driven by a huge expansion in data demand. For global listed infrastructure in particular, there is a unique opportunity to provide investor access to mobile wireless infrastructure companies across both developed and emerging markets. Their appeal comes from the strong infrastructure characteristics […]

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

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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 management, and the chats […]

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CPD: Global themes in a tech driven world

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In a recent series of presentations to advisers in Australia, industry veteran Epoch’s CEO and co-CIO Bill Priest, discussed the new world order, in which bits replace atoms, tech is the new macro and companies need to evolve to stay relevant. Global businesses have arguably entered a period of unprecedented innovation and disruption, one where […]

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CPD: The many diversification benefits of global equities

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Most investors understand the basics of diversification, or at least understand the adage ‘don’t put all your eggs in one basket.’ However, many investors don’t understand the diversification benefits that arise from each and every asset class. Using global equities as an example, Perpetual explores the way an individual asset class can provide a range […]

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