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This commonly used idiom or cliché describes the feeling of time passing by very quickly. Most scientific research was able to explain away this perception of phenomenon as simply the desire to do, see, hear, read and observe more and not enough time in which to do it all. In scientific circles, it was also referred to as Time Pressure.

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December 24, 2019
Category: Latest News

One of the topics asset allocators are grappling with at the moment is whether asset class valuations are expensive or not. Whether you’re an active asset allocator or an active bottom-up stock picker, valuation will most likely form the core or at least a significant part of your analysis when making a decision to enter or exit an investment. 

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November 6, 2019

It’s All About the Style – Value vs Growth

by Mark Causer & Jenny Josling (Managing Director, Orbis Australia - Orbis Global Equity)

When building investment portfolios for clients many aspects are considered.

For example we consider the different asset classes - Australian Equities, International Equities, Australian Fixed Interest, International Fixed Interest, Property to name a few.

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October 21, 2019

With an increasing focus in the market on how we are all building our client portfolios, it is incredibly important to have a strong and defendable investment framework in place. This investment framework consists of, but is not limited to, how we structure our investment committee, what our APL looks like, and where we get our research from. 

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September 30, 2019

It’s a challenging time for asset allocators in the current environment, which has seen asset prices and market sentiment shift quickly on the back of a single tweet. Markets in July were generally strong across most assets, but August has seen a re-emergence of trade tensions between the US and China. More importantly we have seen the yield curve invert with the 10-year US treasury falling below the 2-year treasury for the first time since 2007, which, as you may recall from the text books, has historically been an indicator of economic weakness.

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August 26, 2019

It’s been an eventful month for markets – the Coalition won the federal election in a surprise upset, the RBA cut rates to record lows, and US-China trade tensions re-emerged with a vengeance. Domestic markets reacted positively to the Coalition win, with some of the pessimism surrounding the housing market subsiding. The RBA’s rate cut was not unexpected, with most analysts having already priced in the cut and potentially another.

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July 2, 2019

Markets continued their upward trajectory during April which has largely continued unabated since the so called ‘Powell put’ earlier in the year, with the US Fed chair signalling a pause to further rate hikes. However, market volatility has picked up as the US-China ‘trade war’ has been reignited as the US seeks to precent Chinese telecom manufacturer Huawei from accessing US suppliers. 

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May 29, 2019

Australian Federal Election 2019 - Where to now?

by Financial Keys Investment Committee

Yes, there will be future Federal elections, but more than most, this past election has seemed to have stirred Australian’s emotions more than I can recall. Maybe it was the boldness of the Labor proposals, maybe it was the continued infighting (interestingly, no prime minister has succeeded in serving a full term since 2007), maybe it was the solo approach that Scott Morrison took on the campaign trail (with some of his cabinet colleagues considered too toxic to appear in public).

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May 22, 2019

It’s been an interesting period for risk assets over the past six months. The last quarter of 2018 saw markets retract as sentiment shifted away from risk assets, driven by fears of further rate rises in the US and a pullback in global growth. Roll forward to the March quarter of 2019 and it has been risk on for equities, with both Australian and global markets posting double-digit returns for the quarter.

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May 7, 2019

2019 Federal Budget

by Mark Causer

Last night, Treasurer Josh Frydenberg delivered his first budget, announcing that the "budget is back in the black and Australia is back on track" and "for the first time in 12 years, our nation is again paying its own way".

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April 3, 2019

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