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29th Jan Case for a February rate cut weak

BETASHARES -  | Despite the surprise decision by the Bank of Canada to cut interest rates this week, the case for a corresponding Reserve Bank of Australia interest rate cut at its next policy meeting on Tuesday, February 3 is not especially strong. Our view is based on several factors – the most important of which is that the labour market could already be turning around.

28th Jan Global Equities 2015: Fasten Your Seat Belt for a Multi-Speed World

PIMCO GLOBAL BIOND INVESTORS -  | One important aspect of the global economy in its normalization path after the financial crisis continues to be the multi-speed world. This has broad consequences for divergent monetary policy in major economies and the related effects on global currencies.

28th Jan The (Investment) Hunger Games - Ideas for investors in 2015

RUSSELL INVESTMENTS -  | The 2015 investment landscape could resemble the plot of The Hunger Games, where investors face a changing and unexpected environment that requires multiple talents and smarts to emerge victorious. So, what will it take to 'win' in 2015? View the latest insights from Russell's investment strategists.

28th Jan ANZ Capital Notes 3 - not quite there yet

BR SECURITIES AUSTRALIA AFSL 456663 -  | The term is too long for a low risk investment. Capital prices are more sensitive to movements in yield the longer the term. It belongs in your return seeking portfolio but the reward for risk is not quite there yet.

27th Jan Greece and the ECB - is the Eurozone crisis about to make a comeback?

AMP CAPITAL -  | While Syriza has won the Greek election, a Grexit is not the most likely outcome. Even if Greece were to exit the Euro, peripheral Europe is now in far better shape than in 2010-12 and Eurozone defence mechanisms are stronger. While the Euro likely has more downside, Eurozone shares are attractive reflecting relatively cheap valuations, the likelihood of stronger growth ahead and very easy ECB monetary conditions.

27th Jan The Mathematics of Fixed Interest securities pinpoints the risks

BR SECURITIES AUSTRALIA AFSL 456663 GENERAL ADVICE ONLY -  | Fixed interest securities are priced using a standard readily available formula. The formula can be used to assess interest rate scenarios. If you buy a bond for $100 paying a fixed coupon of 3.5% p.a. with a promise to repay $100 in 5 years what happens to the price of $100 if secondary market rates rise by 1% p.a. or fall by 1% p.a. on the day of purchase? What happens if we change the maturity to 1 year or 20 years?

27th Jan What Could Fuel Equities Higher?

GOLDMAN SACHS ASSET MANAGEMENT -  | At an investment meeting in December, one of our CIOs asked, “What’s left in the tank for equities?” We believe corporate earnings growth will lead to another year of positive returns for the global equity universe. In our view, lower oil prices could be the fill-up that drives equities further.

26th Jan Greece: can’t pay, won’t pay or just has to pay?

FIDELITY INVESTORS US -  | As expected, Greece’s Syriza party swept to victory in a country that’s sick and tired of six years of austerity, cuts and unemployment and is desperate for a change. Slightly less expected, the markets have broadly taken this apparent lurch to the radical left in their stride.

23rd Jan Winds of change favour emerging Asia

BT INVESTMENT MANAGEMENT -  | Five years is a long time in financial markets, for companies, countries and investors. It feels as though the rate of change in the last five years has been particularly rapid (although perhaps it always does). That is certainly true of emerging market equities as an asset class, and the changing nature of the benchmark (the MSCI Emerging Markets Index) is an interesting lens through which to view this change.

23rd Jan European Central Bank: Subterranean

COLONIAL FIRST STATE -  | The European Central Bank announced an expanded asset purchase programme at its meeting on 22 January 2015. The size of the programme and that it was open-ended beat market expectations and shows the ECB is determined to fight against the prevailing force of deflation and to raise inflation expectations.


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