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From Asset Allocation / Portfolio Management March 29, 2012

Money market funds hit by perils of low rates and rising regulation

With low interest rates set to continue and the threat of further regulation just over the horizon, the future continues to look bleak for money market funds

Hongbin Qu, HSBC
From Asset Allocation / Portfolio Management March 29, 2012

The gradual rise of the renminbi

China’s currency may have a long way to go before it reaches “reserve” status, but other nations are under no illusions as to the renminbi’s potential

From Asset Allocation / Portfolio Management February 28, 2012

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

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 / 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

From Asset Allocation / Portfolio Management November 28, 2011

Using collateral to reduce damage

Since the Lehman collapse, institutional investors have realised the importance of collateral management techniques to mitigate counterparty risk

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