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Outlook 2018: Volatility coming as central bank support winds back

Colonial First State Global Asset Management

After a favorable “risk on” year that brought numerous new highs to many stock market indices worldwide without significant drawdowns, investors have perhaps become lulled into a state of complacency and security around their investment portfolio allocations. Show More

Janet Yellen just broke up with you

Angus Coote

When we look back upon the financial excess prior to the GFC, the great bust and near financial Armageddon, the multiple bouts of global quantitative easing transferring private debt to governments thereafter, it will make a historic story for the grandchildren. Boom to bust to boom again within a decade,... Show More

The end of QE: What it means for markets and investors

David Sokulsky

In the aftermath of the Global Financial Crisis (GFC), the traditional method of lowering interest rates failed to promote meaningful growth or inflation. This prompted several major central banks, including the US Federal Reserve (Fed), to undertake ‘extraordinary’ monetary policy measures to stimulate their economies. The effect of such an... Show More

The cycle of ever-declining bond yields

Nikko Asset Management Australia

“Toto, I’ve a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore” … As we look around the fixed income landscape today, we can get some idea of how Dorothy felt. In the JP Morgan Government Bond Index, which encompasses the 13 largest government bond markets, an extraordinary 30% of sovereign debt, or... Show More

Sacrificing the Future

Jordan Eliseo

The recently released Economic outlook from the Carlyle Group, titled “The search for yield and business investment”, focused on why corporate investment has been so weak in the past few years, despite record low interest rates. With income streams from “safe” investments (cash and government bonds) at record lows, it... Show More

Japan’s QE is not working, says Technical Research Limited

Saxo Capital Markets Australia

This week the Bank of Japan decided to continue with its QE program. “Governor Haruhiko Kuroda and his colleagues continue to put on a brave face and act as if everything is going according to plan; but it’s not”, says Max McKegg, MD of Technical Research. The BOJ’s outlook showed... Show More

Don’t fear the rate rises… More QE is a bigger risk

Livewire News

Mark Gilbert at Bloomberg says “with the Federal Reserve poised to unleash its first interest rate increase in almost a decade there's a debate among investors about whether the past is any guide to how markets will react to a monetary tightening.” In this article http://www.bloombergview.com/articles/2015-06-15/the-fed-won-t-ruin-bond-markets Gilbert sheds some light... Show More