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microcap

Which microcap funds outperformed in FY18?

Microcap managers have the potential to outperform their indexes by picking undiscovered stocks which do exceptionally well, but it can work the other way. Variability of manager performance is a sector feature.

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Five tips for better startup investing

Investing in startups and untried ideas is risky but there are some ways to swing the odds in your favour, without becoming bogged down in running the business. It’s mainly about the people.

capital structure

Balancing longevity and sequencing risk

Low interest rates have created problems for retirees, leading to the threat of a reduced lifestyle quality, running out of cash or accepting the age pension. Taking high risks at this point may make things worse.

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Bitcoin: digital gold or fool’s gold?

The Global Chief Economist of a leading asset manager has taken one question more than any other in recent months. People are both transfixed and bemused by Bitcoin, but there is a chance its value may fall to zero.

gold and cash as safe havens

Are bank deposits and gold safe havens?

Continuing our look at ‘safe havens’, gold and bank deposits are often considered alternatives to ‘risky’ shares. How have they performed in times of stress, and do they rate as long-term investments at other times?

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Understanding the extra return from hybrids

Hybrids are complex instruments but they can be viewed as a bond with an embedded option, and they convert to equity in certain circumstances. Investors should consider the risk of this happening.

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