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Portfolio Construction Forum | 14 January 2022

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Forum Fodder | Friday 14 January 2022

“Is there anything positive we can say about 2021? Yes. We can say it was marginally better than 2020. Granted that’s not high praise… Anyway, our point is not that 2021 was massively better than 2020. Our point is that at least it was different. A variant, so to speak.” - Washington Post humourist, Dave Barry in his annual Year in Review (without doubt the funniest roundup you’ll read).

All the best for a prosperous and happy 2022!
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Clouds Over 2022
2021 turned out to be a relatively positive year for economies and markets in most parts of the world. But investors are likely to remain on the edge of their seats for most of 2022.
Nouriel Roubini, Roubini Macro Associates | Read


22 global developments to watch over the next five years
2021 is a year that reminded me of the song “If You’re Going Through Hell”. In the spirit of productive thinking and consideration of potential futures, I offer you my 2022 predictions for the next five years.
Vikram Mansharamani, Harvard University | Read


The Long View: 2022 - the year of transition
The investment community’s word of 2020 was undoubtedly “unprecedented”. “Transitory” is our submission for 2021. “Transition” may best encapsulate 2022.
Jeff Schulze, ClearBridge Investments | 0.50 CE | Read

Markets | Strategies | Investing | Finology

Q&A: Higher inflation is here to stay
As governments become accustomed to spending vast sums of money and workers regain their bargaining power, the short-term inflationary pressures attributed to Covid-19 will bleed into a longer period of higher inflation.
Woody Brock, SED | Watch, Listen

Strategies | As seen at Strategies Conference 2021

Total return beats income investing in the retirement race
Total return portfolios can support retiree spending strategies while removing the temptation to increase risk - in the end, producing better outcomes for retirees.
Aidan Geysen, Vanguard Investments | 0.50 CE | Watch, Listen

Markets | Strategies

Market timing?
Hi Tim, I am just wondering how it is not “market timing” to buy/remain long bonds when breakevens are for materially higher inflation than risk free nominal interest rates can provide compensation for?
Julian McCormack, Platinum Asset Management | Read

Philosophy | Portfolio Construction Forum proudly supports The Wayside Chapel

Making plenty of gravy
Usually I would fill the next few paragraphs with my own tales and musings from Wayside Chapel as seen through my eyes, but for my final note of the year I think it best you hear from someone else.
Jon Owen, Wayside Chapel | Read

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Finology | Invitation to investment advisers

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Markets Summit 2022 “The best offence is a great defence!”
AEDT Wed 23 Feb 2022
With interest rates near historical lows and asset prices around all-time highs, practitioners are grappling with the defensive side of multi-asset portfolios. Downside protection is essential in such an uncertain environment. Arguably, the best offence is a great defence! Established in 2009, Markets Summit is THE investment markets scene setter of the year. The one-day program features 20+ leading investment thinkers - geopolitical specialists, economists, market/asset class experts, and investment strategists - from around the world, offering their best high conviction ideas on the drivers of and outlook for the markets (on a three- to five-year view) in the context of the theme - and the implications for portfolios.
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Stand for More in 2022! Are you involved in any aspect of constructing multi-manager portfolios?
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Markets | Strategies

Crockpot: Cash rates will rise. Beware duration!
The idea that duration is to be avoided at this stage of the cycle? It’s bad economics, bad market timing, and bad risk management. It’s nuts and you can clearly see it’s nuts!
Tim Farrelly, farrelly’s Investment Strategy | 2 comments | Read

Markets | Strategies | See more from Ronald at Markets Summit 2022 - register now

Investors need a great defence and offence in a high growth world
Fiscal stimulus will help boost US growth to its strongest levels in decades in 2022 and European economies are poised to rebound. However, inflationary pressures will persist. Portfolios will need assets that provide downside protection, as well as strategies to capitalise on the growth ahead.
Ronald Temple, Lazard Asset Management | Watch, Listen

Philosophy | Finology

Rich Pickings - Andrew Clifford
Rich Pickings explores the investment beliefs and philosophies of prominent professional investors. In this episode, I’m in conversation with Andrew Clifford, co-founder, co-CIO and CEO of international equities manager, Platinum Asset Management.
Graham Rich, Portfolio Construction Forum | Watch, Listen

Philosophy | Markets | Strategies

The world can’t “cop-out” of COP26
Scientific studies suggest the world is still on track to exceed the 1.5 degrees Celsius increase in temperature relative to pre-industrial times, by 2050. We collectively need to do more - and the power of private capital has a key role to play.
Chris Iggo, AXA Investment Managers | Read

Finology | As seen at Finology Summit 2021

The financial services industry has made money boring
The financial services industry has done the impossible and made money boring, opaque and difficult to understand. If we better understand the psychology of money, we can better help our clients.
Adam Ferrier, Thinkerbell | 0.50 CE | Watch, Listen


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


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