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From Asset Allocation / Portfolio Management March 29, 2012

Threats from inflation lie in wait over the horizon

The likelihood of high levels of inflation in the short term seem remote, but portfolios must be positioned so that they are protected from its longer term risks

From Asset Allocation / Portfolio Management March 29, 2012

Booming ETF industry faces construction issues

European ETFs may continue to attract record inflows, but the synthetic vs physical debate is gathering pace, while some commentators are questioning the levels of risk these vehicles contain

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

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