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Challenging the traditional asset allocation model

Mark Houghton

The ‘balanced’ portfolio has become an institution in the financial world. Equities and bonds are the main ingredients and the ‘mix’ determines the categories of balanced funds commonly used. Here we discuss this approach, and look at another option. Show More

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Don't let the noise drown out the facts

Julien Brodie

April was a volatile month indeed – or so you would think if you have been following the news. While sensationalised reporting generates readership, a comprehensive assessment of the data often doesn’t support the narrative. Show More

Bond issuance to underpin rising market opportunities

Tamar Hamlyn

The Australian Commonwealth budget announcement overnight has confirmed the size and trajectory of the Australian government bond market. The Australian Office of Financial Management’s (AOFM) updated issuance plans also indicate that bond supply will remain persistent. This acts to underpin capacity in the bond market for large investors seeking access... Show More

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You better run, you better take cover

Brett Gillespie

September 27th, 1983. What comes to mind? What if I include the quote from Bob Hawke? “Any boss who sacks a worker for not turning up today is a bum”. If you are over 45, you will know straight away. It was the day the yacht Australia II won the... Show More

The real danger lurking in the shadows

Jason Teh

While many investors fret about bonds or bond-like proxies from rising interest rates, the real danger lurking in the shadows is the prospect of rising risk premiums. Interest rates globally have already normalised, or maybe there is a little more to go. However, bond-like stocks already have wide risk premiums.... Show More

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Is it time to sell US equities and bonds?

Christopher Joye

In my AFR column I reflect on Xi Jinping's masterful manipulation of Donald Trump and why a profound change in global hedging costs could radically reduce the returns Australian investors receive when allocating to US equities and US bonds (click on that link to read for free or AFR subs... Show More

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Tesla’s rocky road ahead

Elizabeth Moran

Shareholders and bondholders have bought the Tesla growth story. However, my column in The Australian notes that Tesla's significant debt, negative free cashflow and losses loom large. Flagged higher production of the Model 3 hasn't materialised. Where to now for investors? Show More

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Buy Fear and Sell Greed

Christopher Joye

In my AFR column I argue that Donald Trump's "tape bombs" are the tail wagging the global financial market dog right now, and this volatility begets opportunity (click on that link to read for free or AFR subs can click here for direct access). Excerpt enclosed: Show More

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Diversify your income stream

Steven Fleming

Investors hunting for yield from listed companies today face unreliable yields, and falling capital values as rates creep higher, as well as new additional risks posed by government policies. However, investors can diversify their income and access comparable yields from other parts of the market not exposed to such headwinds. Show More

Run for the hills... interest rates are exploding!

Jason Teh

...Or that is what some equity pundits masquerading as bond experts want you to believe. They predict that a ‘bondcano’ of rising interest rates will lead to collapsing prices for bonds and bond-like proxies. Show More

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Recommending the Gryphon Capital Income Trust

Simon Fletcher

The domestic Residential Mortgage-Backed Securities (RMBS), and broader securitisation market has historically been restricted to institutional investors. However, the Gryphon Capital Income Trust (GCIT) offers a unique investment opportunity in providing exposure to this market for retail investors. Show More

Chaos Creates Opportunities for Bonds and Hybrids

Christopher Joye

Most investors have polarised portfolios bifurcated between cash deposits and equities. Few appreciate that these two very different securities span a rich corporate capital structure that allows for a much more continuous distribution of risk and return experiences. Show More

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Are bonds as defensive as they used to be?

Clive Smith

Many investors focus on the materially lower volatility in returns exhibited by fixed income securities when considering the potential diversification benefits when combining them with equities. Unfortunately, the equally important diversification benefits associated with the negative correlation of returns between the two asset classes can often be overlooked. Show More

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Should you sell bonds/hybrids to buy ASX listed RMBS?

Christopher Joye

Switching out of senior bonds and hybrids to invest in Australian residential mortgage-backed securities (RMBS) while house prices are falling---and likely to remain weak for years---is one of the more surprising trades I have seen of late. It is right up there with selling major bank hybrids on the ASX... Show More

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The increase in the global cost of capital to bite

Charlie Jamieson

The US Federal Reserve raised interest rates by 0.25% as expected to the upper band target of 1.75%, 0.25% higher than that of the RBA cash rate. The Fed rationalised the increase noting the strengthening of the economic outlook in recent months. Show More

Higher funding costs to be a huge problem for lower quality assets in a highly leveraged world

Charlie Jamieson

The volatility genie has now been released and is unlikely to go back in the bottle as late cycle fiscal expansion in the US combined with higher global funding rates from the US Federal Reserve will have markets on their toes going forward. Show More

Running to Stand Still

Etienne Alexiou

On the 9th March 1987 U2 released the Joshua Tree, the fastest selling British Album of all time that went on to sell over 25 million copies. Joshua Tree is still acclaimed as one of the greatest albums of all time. Interestingly Bono considered pulling the album prior to its... Show More

He’s going the distance, he’s going for speed

Brett Gillespie

Have you ever pushed the limit? Sure you have, just that little bit further, just that little bit faster. It’s the secret to success. But also sometimes disaster… Perhaps nowhere is breaking that limit as obvious as on a race track. Yet how many of us, as amateurs, love to... Show More

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7 considerations to help you invest in corporate bonds?

Elizabeth Moran

Investing direct or through exchange traded funds (ETFs), or managed funds has advantages and disadvantages; just like investing in shares, the decision depends upon the individual. While my preference is direct investment, the minimum needed is $250,000, making it difficult for smaller investors to access. Show More

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House Prices in Benign Correction

Christopher Joye

In my AFR column I explain why the housing correction appears to be very benign (until the RBA raises rates); why we took profits on our AAA rated asset-backed book; why the new A- rated issue from Singaporean bank DBS looked very cheap (and has subsequently performed strongly); and why... Show More

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