Investment essentials

How do you behave in the face of fear?

How do you behave in the face of fear?

How do you behave in the face of fear? Do you run towards danger, or turn and flee? Knowing how you and others react to extreme situations might seem remote from the world of investment, but could have a lot to do with what separates the great investors from the rest of us.

The spectacular rise of Asia

The spectacular rise of Asia

The ascendance of Asia since the start of this century has been nothing short of remarkable. These charts capture the sheer scale of the region's dominance. A growing middle class, higher spending power and increased investment on infrastructure and technology are among the drivers shifting the balance of economic power from the West to the East.

Behavioural finance: When what you see is all there is

Behavioural finance: When what you see is all there is

Forming conclusions based on limited data helps us to process things quickly in a complex world however these shortcuts can lead us astray… 

Tools for your clients: Active vs passive

Tools for your clients: Active vs passive

There’s been a great deal of debate whether active or passive management is the right choice for investors but is this the right question to be asking?

Along the continuum

Along the continuum

Conditions change throughout an investment cycle, so how and when should investors combine the various shades of active and passive to maximise returns?

From the desk of Alex Duffy: A comment on portfolio construction

From the desk of Alex Duffy: A comment on portfolio construction

Portfolio construction all too often appears as an after-thought for many active managers yet it is ultimately critical in determining the investment returns and volatility of returns for investor in the underlying portfolio. 

Network effects: The winner takes it all

Network effects: The winner takes it all

Software companies often attract high valuations at least at face value but if you drill down deeper you soon discover the real value of business with sustainable moats that can reinvest at high rates of return.

Defining ESG: Evolution not revolution

Defining ESG: Evolution not revolution

ESG covers such a broad range of approaches that investors can be forgiven for being confused as to what constitutes ESG and what doesn't. Do we need a unified definition of ESG, and if so, what is it?

Behavioural finance: Overconfidence

Behavioural finance: Overconfidence

‘Overconfidence’ becomes particularly prevalent in bull markets and periods of sustained stability. So how can investors avoid the pitfalls? 

The right tool for the job

The right tool for the job

Downside protection tools can assist in mitigating certain portfolio risks. But before even considering the appropriate tool it is important to understand what risk is and how exactly risk mitigation and hedging differ.

Volatility: An investor survival guide

Volatility: An investor survival guide

10 key messages to help investors steer their portfolios through volatile times.

An uncomfortable balance

An uncomfortable balance

Alva Devoy, Managing Director looks at the fundamental, economic and behavioural drivers of bull markets and the possible implications for global equity investors.

A key decision for investors in 2018

A key decision for investors in 2018

A key decision for investors in 2018 is whether to de-risk or not. Should you de-risk your portfolio early and face missing out on potential returns, or should you stay invested and face a possible market downturn? Whatever you do, resolve to clearly make that decision. 
 

Tools for your clients: Outlook 2018

Tools for your clients: Outlook 2018

2017 was a good year for equity investors. It is hard to overstate the importance of diversification in an investment portfolio. We take a closer look at the themes, asset classes and regions and how they may impact investors in 2018.