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Risk transfer vs risk retention

The real distinction in retirement income philosophies is not about which are "safe" and which are not. It is whether risk is transferred or retained (and if retained, managed).

Michael Kitces, Pinnacle Advisory Group 1 comment Opinion

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UF: Active Au eq fund with a growth bias

An actively managed fund, positioned towards companies with earnings growth potential greater than the market's expectations.

Zenith Investment Partners Research

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Australia, the next shoe to drop

Australia still looks like one of the holdout anomalies in global markets where the adjustment from a decade of mispriced assets has yet to fully play out.

Will Denyer et al, GaveKal Opinion

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Deja vu de-leveraging

As long as policymakers can stay on course and avoid the policy mistakes of the late 1990s, the oil price collapse could prove more therapeutic than destructive.

Dr Robert Gay, Fenwick Advisers | 2 CPD Opinion

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The Swiss release the Kraken

In an era when central bankers are supposed to be more open, collaborative, and communicative, why did the SNB decide to turn on a dime and shock the markets?

John Mauldin, Mauldin Economics Opinion

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Trend to global investing still has much further to go

Recently, I attended the Eureka Report Around the World of Investing Forum. The overwhelming impression was that global investing is very new to many Australians.

Dominic McCormick, Select Asset Management 1 comment Opinion

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Lessons form the last 40 yrs

Looking back over the last 40 years, it is clear that, in the next 20 years, successful asset owners and managers are going to listen to Einstein and stop making things too simple.

Alan Brown Opinion

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A better class of bubble

Only the most die-hard peak-oil proponents, or other gold-bugs, will fail to acknowledge that the commodity bubble has burst. Is it a positive, or negative, for financial markets?

Louis-Vincent Gave, GaveKal Opinion

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The return of currency wars

The right policies are the opposite of those pursued by the world's major economies. No wonder global growth keeps disappointing. In a sense, we are all Japanese now.

Nouriel Roubini, Roubini Global Economics Opinion

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How best to take portfolio risk

The traditional approach to portfolio construction is to own a diversified portfolio, adjusting total risk up or down. An alternative is to take a bucket approach.

Michael Kitces, Pinnacle Advisory Group Resources

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Japan's election and the yen

By calling an election now, Abe is betting that a further big fall in the yen - and a consequent further rise in the Nikkei - is no certainty. He may well be right.

Louis-Vincent Gave, GaveKal Opinion

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Bad yen falling

Japan is not going to stop QE next year or the year after or the year after that. This is not Zimbabwe printing money. Japan is important to the global economy - what they do affects everything.

John Mauldin, Mauldin Economics Opinion

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Evaluating active managers

Statistics rarely tell the story clearly. With trial and error, I found that looking at three dimensions of performance assisted my interpretation.

Don Ezra, Russell Investments White paper

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Geopol- tical risks growing in East Asia

China's taken a tough approach to its periphery. This doesn't necessarily spell doom and gloom for Australia and the region.

Linda Jakobson, University of Sydney/Lowy Institute Resources

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Yin & Yang of retirement income

This white paper serves up a retirement income planning "buffet" - reviewing the two main opposing philosophies and the range of strategies that span the divide.

Angela Ashton, PortfolioConstruction Forum 2 comments Research