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What to do when your star portfolio manager leaves

As is almost always the case, money talks. When a star portfolio manager suddenly resigns after recording spectacular gains, there is a good chance they have been poached within the funds management industry by a competitor waving more money. Sometimes

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Are you winning enough clients?

Summary: There has been a rapid and large-scale shift across many industries towards working remotely. Organisations are investing in remote working technology and infrastructure. The popularity of virtual communication platforms has surged. COVID-19 took the world by storm, bringing economies

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Passive flows creating an opportunity for active managers

An illustration of why an active long-short approach to the global listed infrastructure (GLI) sector makes sense. ESG funds have gained in popularity in 2020, sometimes with a material impact on underlying holdings. This has impacted GLI stocks recently, with the iShares

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GameStop saga invites scrutiny of brokerage practices

Groups of amateur investors that gather on social media forums such as Reddit have organized to buy stocks and options in companies with high short interest like GameStop, AMC Entertainment and Blackberry, among others. The buying activity drove the stocks

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In search of an inflation hedge

During times of fear, investors often become irrational. As the coronavirus pandemic swept through the globe, fear and uncertainty rose, and investors began selling equities looking for shelter, often parking funds in cash until times were better. The problem with

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Bubble mania – The cause and solution

It’s not hard to find commentary about market “bubbles” on a daily basis, where you can take your pick on traditional bond prices, property, growth equities and now extend the topic to bitcoin, gold or many other financial markets. At best

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Bryan Gray released after 32 years in custody

Bryan Gray, a genuine stalwart of, and major contributor to, the strong position of Australia and New Zealand’s asset servicing sector, has retired. He spent 12 years at State Street followed by nearly 20 years at J.P. Morgan. Gray is

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Emerging market debt best positioned in decades

The search for diversification has forced financial advisers to look far and wide as they seek non-correlated opportunities to fortify client portfolios. Among the most popular asset class in recent months have been emerging market equities, primarily those focused on

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