Market And Economic Comment – 2nd Quarter 2016
The conclusion of the first half of this year was met with a surprise vote by Britons to leave the 27-nation European Union, a move that sent global markets into a tailspin. Risk assets sold off sharply with the MSCI World Index down 1.1% for June.
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Global Macro Outlook – Second Quarter 2016
In the midst of the post-Brexit turbulence attention has quickly turned towards the European banking sector. The European economic and political uncertainty has caused longstanding wounds within the financial sector to flare up. While banks are better capitalised than they were during the global financial crisis (GFC) of 2009, they are contending with a new world of negative interest rates, implemented by the European Central Bank (ECB).
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Timing The Markets
It makes intuitive sense that you can improve returns by selling assets that will do badly in the future and buying assets that will do well in the future. This strategy can be called “market timing”. Market timing is the act of moving in and out of the market, or switching between asset classes, using predictive methods such as technical indicators or economic data.
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Are Smart Beta Investment Strategies Going To Disrupt Active Asset Managers?
Have you heard of Ross? If so, then you probably believe active asset managers are destined to be replaced by super-intelligent computers. We are entering the so-called “ro-man” era, or fourth industrial revolution, where some predict that robots could replace human intelligence and radically change the way we work.
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More than half of sub-Saharan Africa’s (SSA’s) population has no access to electricity, making it the region’s largest infrastructure gap. Instead of the basic human right access to electricity should be, for the majority of the region’s population, access to electricity remains a luxury.
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