Total issuance in 1Q’15 came in at USD 49.0 billion (bn) as of March 31, up 2.3% quarter-over-quarter (qoq) from 4Q’14 (USD 47.9bn) and up 22.7% year-over-year (yoy), inclusive of high grade (HG… more
Target date funds have grown significantly over the past decade. In fact, assets attached to all U.S. target date indices exceeded USD 500 billion in the first quarter of 2013. The underlying premise… more
Most investors are familiar with diversi cation — reducing one’s risk pro le (i.e, annual volatility) without affecting return by adding different asset classes or investments to your portfolio. While… more
In this paper, I take the portfolio manager’s perspective and analyze Sovereign Wealth Fund (SWF) portfolios from an investment management view. Since more than 50% of SWF assets are funded by oil or… more
This guidance document provides help to other trustees considering fiduciary management and is based on a survey of 95 pension scheme trustees. The 10-point guide, drawn from their experience and advice… more
The funds under management held by the superannuation sector have grown much faster than the economy. The Super System (Cooper) Review put this in perspective, suggesting that the pool had been equivalent… more
A Russell study casts new light on women investors' loyalties and preferences when it comes to working with financial advisors. The findings provide advisors with fresh insights on how to align their… more
Recent sell-off of currencies of emerging economies has made us more cautious on the outlook of Mongolia. In addition, we believe that the economic activity in Mongolia is slowing down significantly this… more
When investors lose confidence in an asset class, especially one that had been popular enough to attract outsized allocations, subsequent rebalancing generally leads to prolonged periods of underperformance… more
In formulating investment strategy recommendations for Q1 of 2014, we are going to begin with the obvious, that is, that something good is happening for the U.S. stock market. 2013 turned out to be, as… more
Sovereign Wealth Funds (SWFs) have steadily increased their importance in the global financial system in the last decade and especially during the financial crisis period. They currently have almost $6… more
We expect equity returns to be modest and interest rate rises to impair fixed income returns. The question is how to best broaden and diversify your portfolio whilst still generating returns. more
So, the Fed is to start tapering its purchases in 2014. Even though well-trailed, the onset of tapering is likely to cause some volatility in fixed income markets, as we discuss in our 2014 Annual Global… more
With the coming of January comes renewed interest in how the stock market will perform in the new year. We admit that we don’t know. This might be a shame were there not already a surplus of readily-accessible… more
This paper analyzes data on trends since 2000 in foreign holdings of government securities and other debt securities with emphasis on Japan and developing Asia. It finds that foreign residents generally… more
Geographic exposure provides a new way to disentangle country and regional exposures of multinational companies, which results in a new set of tools for portfolio construction, benchmarking, and asset… more
With apologies to Jane Austen, it is a truth universally acknowledged that a portfolio manager in control of a fortune must be in want of diversification. But what does it mean to say that a particular index (or portfolio) is diversified? Or more diversified than another, or more now than it was before? more
The FSC and The Trust Company first commissioned the Australian Investment Managers Cross-Border Flows Report in 2012 to determine the extent to which overseas sourced funds flowing into Australia have… more
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