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From Asset Allocation / Portfolio Management December 3, 2012

Worries over high gold prices start to bubble up

Wealthy investors have been attracted to commodities, and gold in particular, but with the future of the global economy uncertain, these holdings may not turn out to be the safe havens they were hoping for

From Asset Allocation / Fixed Income December 3, 2012

Has the quest for yield gone too far?

Investors are pouring into investment grade corporate, high yield and emerging market bonds as they search for regular dividends. But they would be well advised to proceed with caution

From Asset Allocation / ETFs December 3, 2012

Competition fierce as ETF providers fight for control

The European ETF market is becoming increasingly competitive and further consolidation is expected, but with more growth predicted, the rewards for the leading providers are substantial

Robert Aspin, Standard Chartered
From Asset Allocation / Portfolio Management October 26, 2012

Indian reforms re-ignite investors’ interest

The wave of reforms announced by the Indian government may be unpopular domestically but will open the country up to foreign investment

From Asset Allocation / Portfolio Management October 26, 2012

Harvesting the growing interest in agriculture

A rising global population and changing diets make agriculture attractive to investors, but the asset class is still in its infancy and standard private equity models may not be the best way in

From Asset Allocation / Fixed Income October 26, 2012

High yield bond returns cater to risk-on investors

High yield funds have had an impressive year so far with investors drawn to their high levels of returns compared to equities and government bondsHigh yield funds have had an impressive year so far with investors drawn to their high levels of returns compared to equities and government bonds

From Asset Allocation / Portfolio Management September 26, 2012

Troubled waters require steady hand on the tiller

High net worth individuals dealing with liquidity events are faced with more obstacles than ever, making the wealth manager’s role even more integral

Mark Mobius, Franklin Templeton
From Asset Allocation / Portfolio Management September 26, 2012

Burgeoning growth draws investors to the frontier

The growth potential of frontier markets is huge, and a number of funds provide investors with a way in, but these opportunities come with considerable risk

Eric Verleyen, Société Générale Private Banking
From Asset Allocation / Equity September 26, 2012

Appetite for risk returns but clouds gather in the East

Markets have reacted favourably to the ECB’s bond buying scheme and investors are taking on more risk, but China’s slowdown is worrying

From Asset Allocation / Fixed Income September 26, 2012

Doubts creep in over emerging market outlook

Flows into emerging market bonds remain healthy despite low yields and worrying signs that China’s growth is slowing, but some fear investors will flee these markets if the good times come to an end

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