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Future Fund comes to terms with ethnic biases… and other risks

(pictured: Raphael Arndt) by Greg Bright The Future Fund has been reducing its investment risk over the past 12 months, as has been well documented, once again dodging a bullet with the global equities market. Less obviously, the fund has also been looking to reduce its longer-term Anglo, western and, probably, male biases in the management…

Investor Strategy News | 7th Feb 2016 | More
What cleantech means for the NSW electricity sell-off

(pictured: Mitch King) By Patrick Liddy Innovation is a tricky business. Even in times of hostility, lessons are hard to learn and the consequences can be dire. The American civil war, for example, saw the introduction of rapid-firing rifles to replace muskets. This, in turn, led to trench warfare. The trenches of the American civil war,…

Investor Strategy News | 7th Feb 2016 | More
  • Emerging world cities and target office markets for instos

    By Andy Schofield* Global megatrends are reshaping the world economic order. Rapid economic growth in emerging countries is leading to mass urbanisation in cities across Asia, Africa and South America. As these cities undergo a gradual transition from production to consumer industries, and increase their financial and business services, exciting opportunities will emerge for global…

    Investor Strategy News | 31st Jan 2016 | More
    China: the good, the bad and the ugly

    By Matthew Peter, Drew Klease and Jimmy Louca* China’s annual economic growth has slipped to around 7 per cent and is facing an increasingly uncertain outlook. There are three broad potential scenarios for China: the good, the bad and the ugly. And the ugly – including a devaluation of the Chinese yuan to boost domestic…

    Investor Strategy News | 21st Jun 2015 | More
  • Credit rating OK, but fiscal policy a drag: is there a better budget mix?

    by Matthew Peter (Chief Economist) and Jimmy Louca, CFA (Senior Economist) On the heels of a sharp public reaction to last year’s budget, the Federal Government’s prescription this year focused on growth and assistance for low-to-middle income earners. There was a small expansion in the deficit but the budget is still projected to return to surplus…

    Investor Strategy News | 24th May 2015 | More
    Active strategies: a remedy for uncertain times

    by Katrina King, Director, Research & Strategy – Global Liquid Strategies (QIC) In an environment where economists are divided over the future outlook for the Australian economy, institutional investors should consider increasing their portfolio’s weighting to active strategies where portfolios can be focused on opportunities to deliver strong returns over the next five years.  That…

    Investor Strategy News | 15th Mar 2015 | More
    How credit can satisfy thirst for yield amid European gloom

    by Phil Miall, Head of Credit Research & Strategy, QIC Superannuation funds’ return objectives will become harder to hit through beta alone on the heels of an intensification of the ECB’s quantitative easing program and a clutch of central bank interest rate cuts. Selective credit market investments, including high-yield investments in the beaten-up US energy sector…

    Investor Strategy News | 22nd Feb 2015 | More
    Time to rethink traditional asset allocation model

    by Matthew Peter, Chief Economist, QIC The stylised traditional asset allocation model – with around 60 per cent of the portfolio devoted to growth assets dominated by listed equities and 40 per cent to defensive assets significantly weighted to government bonds  – has served investors well over many years notwithstanding bumps along the way. But no…

    Investor Strategy News | 18th Jan 2015 | More
    Inflation protection in the Christmas stocking

    Kent Wilkes, Director, Fixed Interest and Inflation, QIC The ‘Happy Season’ is not usually associated with bargains. Quite the opposite. Spending up is the norm and indulging is portrayed as a virtue.  There are, however, investment bargains to be had for those willing to look beyond the headlines. Global inflation protection, for instance, is now on…

    Investor Strategy News | 14th Dec 2014 | More
  • Karl Marx and the possibility of a new interest rate conundrum

    By Matthew Peter and Drew Klease* Love him or loathe him, Karl Marx had a way with words. “History repeats itself: first as tragedy, second as farce” is among his most memorable quotes. While Marx might be turning in his grave as investment industry people selectively use his words, they are utterly appropriate as there…

    Investor Strategy News | 16th Nov 2014 | More
    From heavyweight to middleweight: what’s next for the AUD

    By Matthew Peter, Chief Economist and Jimmy Louca, Senior Economist, QIC Just a few years ago, the AUD marked itself as a new currency heavyweight by achieving and then surpassing parity with the greenback. They were great days for Australians travelling overseas and importers. But as the much (incorrectly) quoted line says, “The past is…

    Investor Strategy News | 19th Oct 2014 | More
    After the fall: regulatory heavy-lifting to build greater systemic resilience

    by Phil Miall Head of Credit Research & Strategy, QIC The traumas of 2008/09 were the ‘never again’ moment for a generation of policymakers and regulators. A near-catastrophe once in a lifetime is enough. Preventing a repeat is the priority.   Monetary policy has been lent on as the principle tool of macroeconomic stabilisation, with…

    Investor Strategy News | 21st Sep 2014 | More