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From Asset Allocation / Portfolio Management February 28, 2012

Long-term view essential in fight against inflation

Knowing the difference between inflation-beating and inflation-hedging strategies is key when making long-term asset allocations

From Asset Allocation / Portfolio Management February 28, 2012

Private credit opportunities opening up in time of distress

Distressed prices are creating interesting opportunities in private credit, but clients need to be reminded that it takes a while for these investments to bear fruit

From Asset Allocation / Portfolio Management February 28, 2012

Investors convinced Africa is a continent worth exploring

Investors intend to increase allocations to Africa, buoyed by macroeconomic changes and the region’s potential for growth. But investment also carries huge risks

From Asset Allocation / Equity February 28, 2012

European equities and economy following different paths

Worries over the eurozone remain, but European equities are attractively priced, while many of the continent’s large cap companies are well-positioned to make major inroads into emerging Asia

William De Vijlder, BNP Paribas Investment Partners
From Asset Allocation / Equity February 28, 2012

Volatility anomaly suggests slow and steady wins the race

Low risk equities tend to outperform their racier counterparts over the long-term and provide portfolios with much less volatility, thanks to human behaviour

From Asset Allocation / Alternatives February 28, 2012

Private equity: the appeal of the real

Investors looking for returns are considering increasing private equity allocations, but need to be reminded that patience is a virtue in this field

From Asset Allocation / Equity February 2, 2012

Wealth institutions to increase allocations to equities and Asia

The world’s wealth institutions are planning to increase their allocations to equities, with Asian and Latin American markets looking especially attractive

From Asset Allocation / Portfolio Management January 30, 2012

Western brands feed China’s love of luxury

The market for luxury goods is expanding, driven by the rising levels of affluence in emerging markets, especially China

From Asset Allocation / Portfolio Management January 30, 2012

Balancing risk and reward

Protecting clients from downside risk while taking advantage of investment opportunities will occupy wealth managers in 2012

From Asset Allocation / Portfolio Management January 30, 2012

Using volatility strategies to ride out the storm

A wide range of vehicles are available to investors looking to adopt volatility strategies, either as a source of return, or as a way of protecting portfolios

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