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All Ords hit pre pandemic high

All Ords hit pre-pandemic high, ASX200 up 0.6%, Vocus (ASX:VOC) in play again The ASX200 (ASX:XJO) finished the week the same way it finished, adding 0.6% on Monday supported by a broad-based rally covering most sectors. Materials and discretionary retailers were the biggest beneficiaries of the risk-on mood, with BHP (ASX:BHP) and Wesfarmers Ltd (ASX:WES) finishing 2.4% and 1.0% higher respectively….

Investor Strategy News | 8th Feb 2021 | More
Bitcoin: a cautionary tale for institutional investors

One would expect the inventors of the RAFI index to apply fundamental research to their work. When they turn to something as ephemeral as cryptocurrencies, the results are also entertaining. The Research Affiliates Fundamental Index (RAFI) is the strategy which kick-started the smart-beta trend; the best-known strategy developed by California-based manager Research Affiliates in 2005….

Greg Bright | 5th Feb 2021 | More
Bitcoin: the nonsensical asset that makes sense for now

When a 25-year-old English fund manager with £21 billion (A$37 billion) under management discloses it had made a sizable investment in bitcoin, it is bound to give the institutionalisation of the crypto currency a big kickalong. This is especially so when the manager regards bitcoin as a potential store of wealth and not an alternative…

Investor Strategy News | 14th Jan 2021 | More
  • ASX down 0.9%, Bitcoin falls 20%

    Blistering start slows, ASX down 0.9%, bond rates higher, Bitcoin falls 20%  After a blistering opening to the year in which the ASX200 (ASX:XJO) added 2.6%, attention once again turned to the economic outlook, sending the ASX200 down 0.9% on Monday.  Every sector but energy weakened, with the IT sector the hardest hit falling 2.2%, Afterpay (ASX:APT) a key detractor down…

    Drew Meredith | 11th Jan 2021 | More
    How technology is pushing asset servicers to the fore

    The job of global custodians is about to get a lot more important as the spread of new technologies takes hold throughout the investment world. A recent paper by Northern Trust’s asset servicing arm ‘reimagines’ the investment world in 2030, looking at what a fully digital world is likely to involve. Over the last decade,…

    Greg Bright | 1st Nov 2020 | More
    Wild swings, but bitcoin proves its digital mettle

    Like most assets, bitcoin cruised into the new year in 2020, racking up a 44% rise until mid-February. Then, like the stock market, BTC took fright at the extent of the global disaster that Covid-19 rapidly proved to become. But while the S&P 500 index plunged by 33.7% before a floor was (at least temporarily)…

    James Dunn | 13th May 2020 | More