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The Importance of Ignoring the Noise of the Market

17 Oct 2014 Carl Richards, director of investor education at the BAM Alliance - “As odd as it may sound, the sooner you start treating your investments like you treat life, the happier you’ll be with the outcome.”

Commodities may be signalling a brighter economic prospect

17 Oct 2014 Simon Ward, chief economist, Henderson Global Investors - “The Standard & Poor’s GSCI commodity price index has fallen by 12% in US dollar terms so far in 2014.”

Australian Small Caps: value vs. cheap

17 Oct 2014 Colonial First State Asset Management - “For strong free cash flow and returns to be sustainable, a business needs to demonstrate it has sustainable competitive advantages.”

No Smoke, No Mirrors: The Dutch Pension Plan

16 Oct 2014 New York Times, by Mary Williams Walsh - When you retire, can you be sure your pension fund will have enough money in it to deliver your pension? This is a real issue in the US, where the most recent data suggest that public funds are holding just 67 cents for every dollar they owe to current and future pensioners.

You only dance twice

16 Oct 2014 William H. Gross, Janus Capital Group - “Financial markets are artificially priced. In the bond market, there is nothing normal about a three year German Bund yielding “minus” 10 basis points.”

Hybrids, bear markets and climate change

15 Oct 2014 BR Securities Australia - by David Bickford Hybrid prices tend to correlate with equity prices, especially in bear markets. Recent equity declines as well as commodity price declines should make hybrid investors a bit more cautious because of an important subset of the problems currently facing investors - the issue of climate change.

Selling momentum in force but investors ponder sell-off

13 Oct 2014 Ric Spooner (Chief Market Analyst, CMC Markets) - by CMC Markets Selling on international markets sets the scene for another bleak opening on the Australian market. By Friday’s close, the ASX 200 was down 8.7% from its late August peak. With selling momentum clearly the order of the day, investors are trying to decide if the conditions are right for a major downward move in world stock markets.

Potential in suburban Melbourne office market

13 Oct 2014 By Trilogy Funds - The size and diversity of the Melbourne office market makes it a favourable investment destination. This view is supported by recent property market reports from a number of respected real estate organisations.

What can go wrong for the markets?

10 Oct 2014 By Vineer Bhansali, PIMCO - “Like Chicken Little, we can't know with any certainty what the greatest risk will be in the future. That suggests a broad hedge against risk is prudent – especially when it's inexpensive. Risk management is not just for chickens”

Call date and final maturity date - beware the price cliff

10 Oct 2014 BR Securities Australia - by David Bickford We think it is important to understand call / conversion dates relative to final maturity dates when analysing ASX listed hybrids. The difference between these dates creates price cliffs that investors need to be aware of. If secondary market credit spreads widen relative to the contracted coupon credit margin from an issuer, investors will stop pricing to the call/conversion...
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