Pockets of opportunity provide good prospects for global bonds and equities

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The COVID-19 pandemic recovery remains non-linear across developed and emerging economies leading to a patchy outlook for bond and equity markets, but pockets of opportunity remain, according to GSFM and its fund manager partners Payden & Rygel, Munro Investment Partners and Redpoint Investment Management. Payden & Rygel director, Eric Souders, says the next phase in... Read more continue reading

Nuveen launches Global Core Impact Bond strategy

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Nuveen, the global investment manager with over $1.2 trillion in assets under management, announces the launch of a Global Core Impact Bond strategy. Drawing on Nuveen’s 50-year legacy in responsible investing, the strategy offers an actively managed, multi-currency global bond portfolio that invests across global fixed income markets. The strategy follows the well-established ESG/impact investment... Read more continue reading

ANZ on-market buyback boosts bank investor confidence

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Specialist income investment management firm, Plato Investment Management, says ANZ’s $1.5 billion initial on-market buyback is another strong indicator of a strengthening outlook for ASX income investors. “While economic risk with regards to the continued spread on COVID remain, we think this announcement by ANZ is a strong signal that bank dividends are likely to... Read more continue reading

Despite continued growth and inflation, long rates back off first-quarter highs

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Despite continued growth and inflation, long rates back off first-quarter highs, as outlined by Eric Stein, Eaton Vance chief investment officer, fixed income, in his latest commentary. Mr Stein notes: “The markets got a bit overextended with the first quarter surge in long-term rates and inflation expectations, and the second quarter reversal appears to reflect... Read more continue reading

Global SMID caps – the strong getting stronger

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Global equities boutique manager Bell Asset Management believes that the global SMID cap earnings recovery that investors want to see still has a long way to play out but will continue to drive strong performance based on how SMID cap earnings re-bounded after the ‘dot-com’, and GFC market drawdown. At a virtual event held in... Read more continue reading

The great rotation

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To say that COVID-19 has triggered a rollercoaster for markets across the globe is an understatement. The property sector has been particularly impacted though not always in the most predictable way. One stock that has typified the rollercoaster in REIT markets since COVID is Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield (URW), Europe’s largest shopping mall owner. Saddled with high debts... Read more continue reading

BlackRock reveals local iShares equity ESG ETF suite to make sustainability more accessible to Australian investors

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As part of BlackRock’s commitment to provide access to ESG strategies, iShares has recently listed three equity ESG ETFs for Australian investors which aim to provide cost-effective investment options that align with their long-term financial and sustainability goals. The addition of these funds complements BlackRock’s local suite of portfolio building blocks and assists Australian investors... Read more continue reading

Higher inflation will not impact infrastructure returns

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Higher inflation and interest rates will have little impact on the valuations of regulated infrastructure assets, and some assets should see cash flows increase with upswing in economic growth, leading infrastructure asset manager ClearBridge Investments has forecast. As investors assess the outlook for inflation and the impact of higher interest rates on their portfolios, ClearBridge... Read more continue reading

CPD: The S-Curve and the emerging consumer

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Disruption and disintermediation are increasingly common themes across the global corporate landscape. This article from GSFM draws on thematics from its global growth investment partner, Munro Partners. Investors need access to global growth investments. New companies are disrupting or disintermediating established businesses in a range of sectors across the globe. Whether this disruption occurs in... Read more continue reading

Markets dismiss regulation risks

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The US Federal Court decision to dismiss an anti-trust complaint against Facebook this week saw that company catapulted into the $1trillion market cap club (along with Apple, Amazon, Microsoft and Alphabet). That represents a dismissal of sorts by the market of regulation risk motivated by anti-trust measures designed to attack the perceived ‘oligopolistic privilege’ enjoyed... Read more continue reading