CPD: The challenges for global growth equities

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Global markets have entered a difficult period as fundamentals turn and inflation has emerged, somewhat more strongly than expected. As global economies faced a myriad of difficulties over the past couple of years, governments responded by supporting their economies through these crises with large amounts of debt. That, in turn, has meant the equilibrium level... Read more continue reading

Outlooks for the rest of 2022

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Members of the Federated Hermes investment team predict what lies ahead for ESG, inflation and global markets.  See views below covering: Europe is the place to be by Fraser Lundie, Head of Fixed Income – Public Markets Ongoing megatrends create buying opportunity in Emerging Markets by Kunjal Gala, Global Emerging Markets Portfolio Manager Inflation, elections and regulation capture... Read more continue reading

Winning by not losing

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Share markets have endured a tumultuous start to the year, with the war in Ukraine, lockdowns in China and inflation anxieties relegating COVID-19 news flow to the back pages. In this environment, timing when markets will reach their nadir becomes notoriously difficult to achieve and we implore investors to overcome the temptation to make hasty... Read more continue reading

Melior Australian Impact Fund launches on Insignia (formerly IOOF) Platforms

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Melior Investment Management has announced that its Australian Impact Fund has been added to a number of Insignia Financial platforms, providing their retail investors with access for the first time to impact in the Australian equities sector. Melior’s fund has been selected based on its strong performance since inception and the increasing interest by both... Read more continue reading

Bumpy times for small caps but investor demand is still strong

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Despite a high level of uncertainty in global small caps, we may see a return to markets focusing on company fundamentals as opposed to macro events towards the latter part of 2022, according to American Century Investment senior portfolio manager, Trevor Gurwich. He said consensus expectations indicate small caps will grow at a faster pace... Read more continue reading

Entering leveraged loans? Three implementation questions to answer

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Rising interest rates and inflationary forecasts continue to underpin strong demand for leveraged loans, thanks in large part to their floating rate characteristics. Yet investors seeking to introduce dedicated exposure to this asset class can face significant implementation challenges. Managing Director, Head of Public Markets, Mathias Neidert and Director, Fixed Income, Kunal Chavda have provided... Read more continue reading

Australian bonds a compelling investment opportunity in today’s environment

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Australian bond market re-pricing over the past month has given fixed income portfolios an attractive yield premium and created the prospect of strong performance as yields normalise, according to leading fixed income manager Western Asset Management. Western Asset is among the largest global specialist fixed income managers, with global funds under management at A$685 billion. Western... Read more continue reading

Thinking about industrial (and Qantas and Netflix)

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In global real estate, there has been no sector that has enjoyed more demand tailwinds over the past 10 years than industrial. Naturally, the trend in online retail has helped, but the emergence of COVID added to this underlying demand. On top of that, the ‘secular demand story’ included drivers such as ‘reshoring’, ‘supply chain... Read more continue reading

A tonic for turbulent times: Dr Oliver’s Nine Tips for investing

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Dr Shane Oliver, AMP’s long-standing Chief Economist and member of the AMP Investments team, has witnessed numerous economic cycles and market events in his more than 35 years as a leading economist. His Nine Tips for investing are particularly relevant amid the current market turbulence. 1. Compounding Compound interest is magical! The value of $1... Read more continue reading

FOMC reinforces the aggressive message, increases the policy rate by 75bps

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Aggressive 75bp increase in the policy rate; Aggression reinforced through ‘dot plot’ In a clear signal of its determination to vanquish inflation the Federal Reserve’s FOMC increased rates by 75bps to 1.75%. The move comes after Fed Chair Powell pushed back on 75 bp increments in his previous post-FOMC press conference. However, in the wake... Read more continue reading