Category Archives: Market Updates


Not all bonds are created equal: market risks and other considerations

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Nov 2019

Not all bonds are created equal: market risks and other considerations

In today's environment of low interest rates, many investors are chasing income by moving into lower-quality high-yield bonds, but are they ignoring the downside risks? While an overweight to high-yield credit may be an efficient way to boost a portfolio’s yield, investors need to be mindful of the additional risks they are taking on and how those risks will interact with other parts of their…

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Green alpha: new ways to maximise real estate returns

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Nov 2019

Green alpha: new ways to maximise real estate returns

There are mechanisms to maximise returns in this lower-for-longer environment, and a green alpha strategy in real estate investment is one option on the table. Against a global backdrop of lower interest rates, falling government bond yields and bank term deposit returns at or below 2 per cent, achieving higher, low risk returns is becoming more challenging for investors. With the lower for longer trend…

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Follow the earnings to superior returns in small caps

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Nov 2019

Follow the earnings to superior returns in small caps

Investors may be surprised to learn about the patterns which have formed in the small caps market since the Global Financial Crisis. Here, we take a closer look at recent data, and what is driving earnings and valuations. Overview Australian small cap stocks have failed to live up to their potential in recent times. By definition, small cap companies are generally at an earlier stage…

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Monetary Policy Decision – Statement by Philip Lowe, RBA Governor, November 2019

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Nov 2019

Monetary Policy Decision – Statement by Philip Lowe, RBA Governor, November 2019

At its meeting today, the Board decided to leave the cash rate unchanged at 0.75 per cent. While the outlook for the global economy remains reasonable, the risks are tilted to the downside. The US–China trade and technology disputes continue to affect international trade flows and investment as businesses scale back spending plans because of the uncertainty. At the same time, in most advanced economies, unemployment rates…

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How industrial real estate is set for transformation in a 5G-powered world

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Oct 2019

How industrial real estate is set for transformation in a 5G-powered world

Right now, the developed world is on the cusp of a fourth industrial revolution, and it is set to have a more transformative impact on everyday life than the three revolutions before it.   The fourth industrial revolution is about embedding the cyber world into everyday lives and workplaces. The roll-out of 5G is core to this revolution, enabling technologies which can power and transform…

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Tips for boosting retirement savings and investments in a lower-for-longer world

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Oct 2019

Tips for boosting retirement savings and investments in a lower-for-longer world

Retirees now face a bold truth: investing in traditional safe haven assets do not provide the returns they once did. So, where to from here? The first thing is to accept that today’s returns are lower on retiree favourites, like cash and bonds. Second, there are tools available to provide forecasts for what the market will return over a 10-year period. These forecasts have been…

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How direct real estate exposure is tracking in the current market

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Oct 2019

How direct real estate exposure is tracking in the current market

Economic conditions, including falling cash rates at home and abroad, are prompting investors to shake up their asset allocation. This is having an impact on allocations to direct real estate worldwide.   The state of play At its October board meeting, the Reserve Bank lowered the official cash rate by 25 basis points to 0.75 per cent. The RBA is not alone in its fight to kick-start…

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The pros of infrastructure investment in a lower-for-longer environment

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Oct 2019

The pros of infrastructure investment in a lower-for-longer environment

Bridging troubled waters: the pros of investing in infrastructure Global markets are yet to enter any serious downturns. Still, fragile growth outlooks, high levels of market volatility, record-low interest rates and myriad geopolitical and macroeconomic risks – not least of which is a trade war between the world’s two largest economies – will leave many wondering how they will meet their investment goals in the…

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Monetary Policy Decision – Statement by Philip Lowe, RBA Governor, October 2019

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Oct 2019

Monetary Policy Decision – Statement by Philip Lowe, RBA Governor, October 2019

At its meeting today, the Board decided to lower the cash rate by 25 basis points to 0.75 per cent.   While the outlook for the global economy remains reasonable, the risks are tilted to the downside. The US–China trade and technology disputes are affecting international trade flows and investment as businesses scale back spending plans because of the increased uncertainty. At the same time, in most advanced…

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The way forward for commercial real estate investment in a challenging market

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Sep 2019

The way forward for commercial real estate investment in a challenging market

The return environment in commercial real estate has become more challenged, with pockets of outperformance matched by underperformance, not only across the sectors but, more frequently, within the same sector. Against this backdrop, passive portfolio management pegged to a benchmark has begun to look outdated. By shifting our focus to one of active management with the freedom of a benchmark-unaware approach we now have more…

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