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Portfolio Construction Forum | 03 December 2021

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Forum Fodder | Friday 03 December 2021

“The Fed has completely abandoned its constitutional mandate to stop inflation on Main Street.” – Dr Woody Brock, SED in an interview with Bob Huebscher for Portfolio Construction Forum, 13 November 2021

All the best for another week’s continuing education!
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Can the Fed overcome its transitory policy mistake?
Key officials at the US Federal Reserve have finally acknowledged that they mischaracterised an inflationary surge that has proven larger and more persistent than they expected. The Fed must now follow up by doing two things quickly.
Mohamed El-Erian, Allianz | Read

Philosophy | Markets| Investing

SDGs are the framework for holistic sustainable investing
The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are vitally important to building a better world for all humanity. Using an SDG framework reduces portfolio risk while making a positive SDG impact.
Erik Keller, Robeco | Read, Watch, Listen

Philosophy | Strategies | Investing | As seen at Strategies Conference 2021

Private debt is not an alternative
Private debt essential to modern investment portfolios. If the end objective is an attractive risk-adjusted return, then private debt is the means to get there.
Andrew Lockhart, Metrics Credit Partners | 0.50 CE | Watch, Listen

Finology | As seen at Finology Summit 2021

Finology benchmarking matters
Knowledge and proficiency in behavioural finance and investor psychology - finology - is developing ever better relationships with clients to help them achieve their goals. Benchmarking your current finology proficiency matters!
Rob Hamshar, Portfolio Construction Forum | 0.75 CE | Read, Watch, Listen

Philosophy | Strategies | Finology | As seen at Finology Summit 2021

A reductive macro-economic framework can manage biases
When markets are exuberant, it is difficult to see - let alone act - against the hubris. When markets are down in the dumps, it is difficult to see past the misery. A reductive macro-economic framework may help.
Joseph Lai, Ox Capital Management | 0.50 CE | Read, Watch, Listen


US vs Australian stock market differences
Resilience of US economy and also location - near Europe and connected to Mexico and Canada…
Christina Manonian, Franklin Templeton Investments | Read


Very disappointing article
The groupthink in finance and economics globally was for too long that inflation was “transitory”. For goodness sake, inflation was staring us in the face as soon as toilet rolls started flying off the shelves in March last year…
Jonathan Young, Professional Wealth Services | Read

Philosophy | Portfolio Construction Forum proudly supports The Wayside Chapel

A letter of love
I have yet to meet someone for whom the loss of possessions comes anywhere close to the ache and grief of the loss of people from their lives.
Jon Owen, Wayside Chapel | Read

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Finology | Invitation to investment advisers

Complimentary self-assessment to benchmark your Client Care & Practice knowledge and skills
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What killed macroeconomics?
Macroeconomic policy in general has no robust theory behind it. Unless economists recognise the existence of inescapable uncertainty, there can be no macroeconomic theory, only prudential responses to emergencies.
Robert Skidelsky, Warwick University | Read

Strategies | Investing | As seen at Strategies Conference 2021

Research Roundtable: Challenging investment strategies is the means to the end
Portfolio construction practitioners have access to a broader array of investment research, strategies and tools than ever before - yet obstacles to meeting clients’ long-term financial goals are equally numerous.
David Wright, Kyle Lidbury, Michael Furey, Sonia Bluzmanis | 1.00 CE | Watch, Listen

Finology | As seen at Finology Summit 2021

Active trust building is ethical
Trust is the product of two judgements clients make about us - our competence nad our benevolence. So trust could, at least partly, be won without being earned. So is it ethical to try?
Herman Brodie, Prospecta | 0.75 CE | Watch, Listen

Strategies | As seen at Strategies Conference 2021

The answer for retirees is not the risk-return ratio
In retirement, investors seek to convert their savings into a sustainable salary replacement with access to growing capital. The metric for success must also shift to accommodate these trade-offs.
Paddy McCrudden, Magellan Asset Management | 0.50 CE | Watch, Listen

Finology | As seen at Finology Summit 2021

Words matter and must be regulated
Regulation states that fund managers must not mislead clients. While prescribed scales exist for risk, analysis shows inconsistent application.
Douglas Isles, Platinum Asset Management | 0.50 CE | Watch, Listen


Well how united do you feel now!
With great respect Sir, spoken like a true Partisan that you are! A glass full of illusory superiority filled 20 years ago and relaxing in tenure!
Craig Offenhauser, Charter Pacific Securities | Read


Why Jerome Powell must go
US President Joe Biden faces a critical decision - whom to appoint as chair of the Federal Reserve, arguably the most powerful position in the global economy. He doesn’t have to look far to find someone who has already shown her mettle.
Joseph Stiglitz, Columbia University | 2 comments | Read

Philosophy | Finology | As seen at Finology Summit 2021

Ethical decision making is not an oxymoron
Many assume there are two kinds of business decision makers - those who are ethical and those who are not. However, most of us are both.
Dafna Eylon, Eylon Associates | 1.00 CE | Watch, Listen

Finology | As seen at Strategies Conference 2021

Finology Roundtable: Growing a finology mindset is a means to a better end
Practitioner education focuses heavily on developing technical investment skills, often to the detriment of knowledge and skills that enable better engagement and understanding of the most important aspect of any portfolio – the client!
Rob Hamshar, Paul Moran, Pauline Ramsay | 1.00 CE | Read, Watch, Listen

Philosophy | Strategies | As seen at Strategies Conference 2021

Wealth for the future requires climate aligned portfolios today
There is no point in building wealth for the future if that future is one of frequent and catastrophic climate events that undermine our way of life.
Chris Iggo, AXA Investment Managers | 0.50 CE | Watch, Listen

Investing | Finology | As seen at Finology Summit 2021

Fossil fuel-burning utilities will benefit from a greener world
Investors are concerned about investing in assets with exposure to carbon emissions. However, regulated electric utilities will be a significant beneficiary in a greener world.
Ben McVicar, Magellan Asset Management | 0.50 CE | Watch, Listen


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