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.
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.
Most fund managers had a strong year in FY2018, but past bumper years when MTAA invested heavily in so called ‘low risk’ illiquid assets provide a warning in less fortuitous markets.
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.
Starting early and contributing regularly to an investment plan is the best way to meet a long-term goal. Choosing your risk profile, time horizon and structure is equally important.
Blockchain is a powerful technology. The most successful companies will be those that have the ability to harness its power. Three groundbreaking examples are global payments, data protection and verifying land titles.
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.
Listed infrastructure is a large universe of more than 350 companies worth more than US$4 trillion at prevailing market prices. This way of entering the asset class offers several advantages over the unlisted alternative.
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?
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.
There is about 19 times more silver than gold in the earth, but the gold price is 78 times higher, and silver has far more uses than as a store of wealth. Is it silver’s time to shine?
Hybrids are no more ridiculous than shares for retail investors, especially bank and insurance company issues. The increase in common equity in banks has improved the quality, but investors must be paid for the risk.
Investors received a wake-up call to the potential risks of hybrid and subordinated securities following the collapse of Banco Popular Espanol, and the price falls in Australian hybrids shows the market took notice.
Bitcoins are experiencing a massive price hike, and there’s little history to draw on to guide the future. However, another market provides a remarkable insight into what can happen when the optimism turns.