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As asset allocators, we look at where there are attractive opportunities. here our multi-asset solutions team share their outlook for their broad investment universe and where to find the best risk-adjusted returns.
More data has been created in past 2 years than in the entire previous history of the human race. Technologies like apps, are underpinned and supported by data centres, which present a compelling investment opportunity for equities investors.
Pilbara iron ore leads the global market for this in-demand resource. watch this video with head of australian equities growth, dushko bajic, for an outlook for the iron ore trade.
Our multi-asset solutions team reflect on the potential for the us election to disrupt markets - and share how they plan to ride out any politically-induced market volatility until the new composition of the white house settles.
They say a rising tide lifts all boats. this certainly appeared to be the case for emerging market debt in 2019. central banks around the world offered a little help, providing the liquidity and easy monetary conditions required to boost sentiment and support valuations. jamie grant, head ...
The ongoing coronavirus (covid-19) outbreak has morphed from a health crisis to an economic crisis, forcing governments to balance keeping their people safe with limiting the severity of the economic downturn including a raft of extraordinary fiscal support measures. a by-product of this sizeable...
Video: A lesson in extreme asset allocation
Podcast: A lesson in extreme asset allocation
Corporate bonds have performed well over the past year or so, since the Covid shock in early 2020.
Benchmark Relative. Absolute Return. Total Return? Global unconstrained? Here our global fixed income team demystify some of the common language used to describe approaches to fixed income investing – explaining the differences – and how they can be applied to various objective-based strategies w...
Office real estate is undergoing a fundamental shift, while COVID-19 has accelerated a number of global real estate investment trends, including the continued growth and adoption of e-commerce and falling home ownership.
There’s a reasonable chance of achieving your investment objective over the long term by sticking to the plan. Not so fast! Here's why it's time to review your approach to asset allocation with volatile times ahead.
Value investors have seen their portfolios soar, while growth stocks have languished. in this paper we look at some of the drivers behind recent market moves, including the effect of rising interest rates, earnings disappointments and the subsequent de-rating of growth stocks.
In an environment of uncertainty, infrastructure investments can provide investors with a sense of reassurance. regardless of short-term market ‘noise’, every nation depends on roads, utilities, airports, railways, pipelines and wireless towers, in order to function effectively. these sect...
If “they” are right, then there is virtually never a bad time to be fully invested. the term "volatility” has become a euphemism. what people mean when they say, “markets have experienced some volatility” is that markets have gone down. you never hear a financial commentator bang on...
In 2020, one group of companies has done particularly well – the popular digital technology companies focused on e-commerce, delivery and entertainment, to name a few industries. in emerging markets, they dominate the chinese market; but they can also be found in korea, southeast as...
In our last naa review published in december 2019, we discussed the impacts on global markets caused by escalating geopolitical tensions. since then, the us and china agreed upon a phase one trade deal and the uk general election placed boris johnson in power, allowing the uk to officially...
We recently reviewed the neutral asset allocation (naa) for the first sentier multi-asset real return fund; an exercise that is undertaken twice a year. this note summarises the key drivers of investment markets over the most recent six-month period and outlines the changes made to the naa...
As the curtain closes on another year of surprises, investors are hoping for smoother sailing next year. but with inflation on the rise and a new omicron variant in the mix, the outlook is far from clear. against this backdrop, we asked some of our leading portfolio managers what issues wi...
While the wild swings in share, credit, currency, and commodity markets have garnered most of the attention in the months following the covid-19 outbreak, cash markets in australia have seen some highly unusual movements that demand further scrutiny.
Credit portfolios with genuine Environmental Social and Governance (ESG) integration could be a canary in the coal mine for potentially difficult-to-quantify risks and opportunities, including those likely to stem from climate change and the energy transition. While governments globally move a...
Covid-19 has sent shockwaves through capital markets, and property securities have been no exception. the crisis has plunged the global economy into recession and has given rise to the remote work and learning thematic, while seemingly fasttracking the rise of e-commerce. these well docu...
Our Multi-Asset Solutions team look at geopolitical tensions, populism, the fundamentals and how this impacts portfolio positioning across growth and defensive assets as we enter 2020.
Mr Aditya Puri, who had only recently retired as the CEO of HDFC Bank, had joined the board of a small, unlisted pharmaceutical company, Stelis Biopharma. Given Mr Puri’s remarkable leadership at HDFC Bank, we dug deeper into his new role. In addition to his board role at Stelis, he had accepted ...
According to Fed chairman, Jerome Powell, “Inflation is low and stable”, but given that “growth is running at a healthy clip…and wages are up” the Fed is clearly anticipating rising inflation and is tightening monetary policy accordingly. So, how should equity investors respond to higher inflation?
In a low-rate world, generating income is more difficult than ever. with bond markets changing daily and cash rates close to zero, cash and fixed income can no longer do the heavy lifting for income-focused investors. against this backdrop, how can investors use equities to generate income...
As we head into 2020, we should re-examine the role that bonds play in an investment portfolio. Head of Australian Fixed Income, Stephen Cooper, shares three ways that bonds can add value in a diversified portfolio of assets, and the scope for capital appreciation.
In an ideal world, there would be a stock we can put away that pays a high dividend, has a stable share price, and grows a bit over time. so, what is this holy grail stock that you should be buying now? well, that question is a bit of a click-bait: like the holy grail itself, it probably doesn’t ...
On the anniversary of Lehman's collapse and as Typhoon #10 approached Hong Kong, Martin Lau spent time reflecting on the 1997 Asian Financial Crisis and here discusses if lessons learned are enough to steer us clear of another global financial crisis.
The pandemic has accelerated certain long-term shifts in consumer behaviour, such as using more online orders for everything from clothing to food. the latest battleground appears to be groceries, but the disrupter emerged from a not-so-new technology — wechat groups. china’s online e-commerce gi...
Since our last update, global markets have not been short of action and the manic behaviour characterising today’s markets has taken investors on another rollercoaster ride. while not quite comparable to the market movements seen during the dark days of march 2020, the recent...
We’re almost halfway down the 2021 track, and while it’s been well and truly over a year since covid-19 began wreaking havoc, the road ahead is windy. we expect divergence in asset performance as regions continue to travel at varying paces. our multi-asset solutions team share how they have adjus...
We recently reviewed the neutral asset allocation (naa) for the first sentier multi-asset real return fund; an exercise that is undertaken twice a year. this note summarises the key drivers of investment markets over the most recent six month period and outlines the changes made to the ...
In our last client update, written through the depths of covid-despair, we observed that real life and the world of markets are seldom so intimately entwined. with markets swinging violently to the downside on a riptide of fear, it was clear even then that activity was being driven ...
Head of Global Property Securities Stephen Hayes: Global city populations continue to grow, driven by urbanisation. The provision of housing for growing populations is a major challenge for many countries and cities. Adequate housing is a factor that influences a city’s mobility of labour, social...
2020 has been a bumpy ride for many since the Covid-19 outbreak first took hold earlier in the year. Since our last Neutral Asset Allocation (NAA) review, there have been several developments however attention is still dominated by the ongoing pandemic. At least as we near the end of this turbule...
The Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has seen most financial assets sell-off across the board, including securities in the traditionally defensive listed property sector, as investors grapple with how the drastic government and central bank responses to the crisis will augur for property lan...
With strong long term growth prospects and a track record of resilience through economic downturns, this increasingly institutionalised property sector is a defensive play for investors.
The world is on the cusp of a revolution in low-carbon technologies, and they are set to reshape many of our supply chains. The not-so-humble battery sits at the heart of this shift: the growth of electric vehicles (EVs), and renewable power generation/storage, will increase demand for a range ...
At First Sentier Investors, we believe responsible investment is an essential component of asset stewardship and that embedding responsible practices into the core of our investment activities is in the best long-term interests of investors.
Though covid hasn’t yet finished with us, the markets have finished with covid. in real life, there is still plenty of misery to go around, but in our opinion things have seldom been better for investors. optimism has served us well, as the money-printing presses have rolled to counter the...
Income-seeking investors all appear to be asking the same question: “With prospective returns from defensive assets currently so low, how can I generate any meaningful income from my investments?”
Despite straddling two of the most disrupted years in living memory, the FY20-21 reporting season was overall very positive. In our analysis, around one-third of companies [that we cover] surprised us on the upside, around one-third delivered in line with expectation, and one-third were below ex...
With improving economic data seen in Q1, Asia Pacific is set on a path to recovery alongside fears of interest rates potentially rising.
In almost every meeting that we have with management teams, we will ask about incentivisation. In our view, it is an important question and the answer can be highly revealing about an organisation’s culture and behaviour. While it can be easy to be deceived by articulate CEOs talking up a big gam...
We recently spent several weeks in the US visiting listed infrastructure management teams, regulators, politicians, industry associations and conducting asset tours. The following paper provides an overview of our findings.
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