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2019


  • Month Summary

    March
    • CommSec's Chief Economist, Craig James, rounds up the February earnings season
    • We help you prepare for next week's Federal Budget
      James Anderson, Partner at Baillie Gifford, challenges Ben Graham's value principles in the book The Intelligent Investor, in the current environment
    • Milliman continues its series of adviser interviews to discuss how their risk strategies can help to protect client portfolios
    • And we talk to Bevan Green, Business Development Manager at Colonial First State, as he shares his views in this month's Meet the Expert

     

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    February
    • We support the call for controversial weapons removal from global indices
    • Head of Investments, Scott Tully discusses what else we are doing in our journey to responsible investing
    • Acadian examines the rise of attacks on cryptocurrencies
    • Milliman kicks off a series of adviser interviews to discuss how their risk strategies can help protect client portfolios

    Read the February edition

2018


  • Month Summary
    December
    • Commsec's Chief Economist, Craig James, provides a detailed analysis of the year that was - and the year ahead
    • We highlight some of the big improvements we've made to our website, making it easier for you to access what you need - when you need it
    • And we launch a new 'Meet the Manager' video series, kicking off with Affirmative Investment Management's, Stephen Fitzgerald

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    November
    • Over the past two months, global equity markets have traded with a higher degree of volatility. So what is causing this and what does it mean for investors? The CBA Global Markets Research team comments on the key triggers.
    • Acadian examines the recent oil price volatility - what factors have driven this, and what are the implications for the longer-term outlook?
    • Milliman explains why top of the table returns don’t always deliver the best results for investors.
    • And we talk to Joanna Nash, Portfolio Manager at Acadian Asset Management, as she shares her views in this month’s Meet the Expert.

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    October
    • AIM’s Managing Partner, Stephen Fitzgerald discusses why impact investing is the way of the future for fixed income
    • We welcome our new Alliance Partner, Baillie Gifford and invite you to an introductory webinar
    • We take action to support a tobacco-free world
      Milliman explains how they use futures to protect portfolios against risk
    • And we round up the quarterly performance of our Multi-manger portfolios

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  • Month Summary
    September
    • Milliman talks data, technology and algorithms
    • The CBA Global Markets Research team reports on Australia’s second quarter GDP result
    • Acadian reviews rising U.S. interest rates and escalating trade wars, an appreciating dollar, slowing global growth, and high levels of dollar-denominated debt
    • Acadian investigates how demand is exceeding production in the oil market leading to steep inventory draws
    • A guide to some of the key investment terms used by investment managers that are driven by sustainability as well as financial returns
    • We talk to Dr Judith Moore, Partner, Verification & Impact at Affirmative Investment Management, in this month’s Meet the Expert
    • And we look at the change made to a subset of the FirstChoice Multi-Manager Multi-Sector portfolios following a review in early 2018
    August
    • Get to know our newest Alliance Partner, Milliman, Australia’s retirement and risk management specialist
    • Milliman explains why asset allocation is not the only tool in an investor’s toolkit
    • The Global Markets Research team looks at emerging market volatility, Turkey and the US dollar strength
    • Acadian discusses why ESG considerations represent universally relevant investment criteria, and why they are particularly influential in their China investment process
    • And we talk some more with Milliman, as Practice Leader Wade Matterson, shares his views in this month’s Meet the Expert
    July
    • We invite you to come along to Portfolio Construction Forum’s upcoming Strategies Conference, with this year’s theme focusing on "Future-proof portfolios?"
    • We take you through just what it takes to be adequately prepared for managed accounts
    • Milliman discusses why building portfolios for retirees can be far more complex than for the average investor
    • Aspect Capital provides a performance update for the Aspect Diversified Futures Fund for the second quarter of 2018
    • We round up the quarterly performance of our Multi-manger portfolios
    • And we talk to George Lin, Senior Investment Manager in the Investments team, as he shares his views in this month’s Meet the Expert
  • Month Summary
    June
    • We discuss some important changes to the business
    • We look at the recent course of events and potential implications, as President Trump threatens additional tariffs
    • We invite you to join us for a webinar with Aspect Capital, who will provide an update on market activity and performance for H1 2018
    • Acadian discusses the recent inclusion of China A-shares, a market previously only available to onshore Chinese investors, in the MSCI Emerging Markets Index
    • We describe our attempt to become a more responsible investor and how this affects climate change
    • And we talk to Jodie Tapscott, Senior Manager Corporate Responsibility in the Investments team, as she shares her views in this month’s Meet the Expert
    May
    • We are pleased to announce the launch of our newest strategic Alliance Partnership with Affirmative Investment Management (AIM)
    • Stephen Fitzgerald, Managing Partner of AIM discusses how investing with a purpose can make a positive impact on the world while delivering sustainable returns for clients
    • Acadian Asset Management and Milliman discuss how technology can give your clients a better retirement
    • And we talk to a bit more with Stephen Fitzgerald, Managing Partner of AIM as he shares his views in this month’s Meet the Expert
    April
    • Aspect Capital provides a performance update for the Aspect Diversified Futures Fund for the first quarter of 2018
    • We round up the quarterly performance of our Multi-manger portfolios
    • And we talk to Jean-Christophe (JC) De Beaulieu, Head of Investments, Australia at Acadian Asset Management, who shares his views in this month’s Meet the Expert
  • Month Summary
    March
    • CommSec’s Economists provide their perspectives on how trade tensions between the US and China have shaken global markets over the last week
    • We highlight some recent changes in the FirstChoice Multi-Manager portfolios
    • And we talk to Scott Tully, Head of Investments at Colonial First State, who shares his views in this month’s Meet the Expert
    February
    • Acadian Asset Management discusses Bitcoin’s unsustainable sustainability problem
    • Aspect Capital provides a performance update for the Aspect Diversified Futures Fund for the fourth quarter of 2017
    • And we talk to Julian Maquieira, Senior Institutional Sales at Aspect Capital, who shares his views in this month’s Meet the Expert

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