Back to the drawing board for diversification

AustralianSuper chief investment officer and deputy chief executive, Mark Delaney, says bonds provide a diversification benefit but not as much as in the past because now yields are so low. Speaking at a Bloomberg investment webinar last week, Delaney said:…

Normal bonds vs junk bonds

With historic levels of volatility being experienced in even the lowest risk asset classes like Government Bonds, we thought it worth providing a refresher on the capital structure of modern-day corporates and more importantly banks. We will also provide a…

ESG in debt vs equities: commonalities and differences

Sustainability focused investing has been gathering pace over the last decade, with equity funds attracting a lion’s share of interest from investors focused on ESG.  According to IMF data as of mid-June last year, fixed income strategies account for less…

Diversifying into bonds made easy

Investors and SMSF trustees looking to diversify away from low interest rate term deposits in search of fixed income strategies now have greater access to Australian bonds. Bond investing enables investors to diversify income sources and is a defensive strategy…

Everyone’s talking bond proxies

Q: I keep reading about how I should be looking for bond proxies as a replacement for term deposits and bond funds, now that interest rates are so low. What are bond proxies and are they really going to be…

Bonds fulfil their portfolio insurance role

Fixed interest played its role in providing portfolio diversification last year, as bonds fulfilled their portfolio insurance role, surpassing equity indexes, cash and term deposits In Australia, unlike other fixed income markets, domestic bond yields fell in 2018, with a…

Healthcare stocks led equity market in 2018

Healthcare was the standout industry on the Australian Securities Exchange last year, with stocks in the sector producing an average return of 18.3 per cent. Among the healthcare stocks, CSL was up 31 per cent and Resmed 44.9 per cent.…

Top fixed income managers named

Managed fund researcher Zenith Investment Partners has given its highest rating to four funds in its latest review of the Australian fixed income sector. It also found that the “critical success factors for outperformance” in the sector are changing. The…

Italian crisis a reminder to have some portfolio insurance

The political situation in Italy is a reminder to all investors that political risk is never far away and it is always to a good idea to have some insurance in a portfolio. This is the view of Gordon Brown,…

The year of interest rate movements

Investors – and savers – need to recognise that a rising interest rate environment, which we are finally entering, is both good and bad. Here is the view from an expert global interest rate fund manager. Tim Haywood, investment director…

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