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    Vector Insights

    15 June 2018

    Quality for quITALY

    Russel Chesler, Director, Investments & Portfolio Strategy

    The Italian political and debt crisis that financial markets woke up to in May echoed the Eurozone debt crisis of 2011 to 2012. Investors are questioning whether we are heading for a replay. The last European debt crisis resulted in a spike in volatility in global equity markets and during that period an international equity strategy came to the fore.


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    by Russell Grigg , General Counsel and Head of Compliance

    Stock selection, once the domain of active managers, is now being used in innovative index solutions which can be tracked by low cost passive ETFs. Indexes are sometimes criticised by active managers as being backward looking, representing what has already happened, whereas investment opportunities exist only in the future. In the growing realm of ESG risk assessment, proactive stock selection is necessary for investors to avoid the companies that face the greatest risks, well before those risks materialise. Surprisingly, one index issuer is one of the most active in ESG research.

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    by Russel Chesler , Director, Investments & Portfolio Strategy

    If you, like all active fund managers, believe that markets are inefficient, and the active Australian equities manager that you're invested with hasn't beaten the S&P/ASX 200 by 4% p.a. over the last four years, you can no longer afford to be indifferent to equal weight investing.

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    by Arian Neiron , Managing Director

    The Tipping Point, according to Malcolm Gladwell is "the moment of critical mass, the threshold, the boiling point". Among the examples he cites: there was a Tipping Point for the re-emergence of Hush Puppies as a fashion trend, there was a Tipping Point in the decline of violent crime rates in New York and there was a Tipping Point that made Divine Secrets of the Ya Ya Sisterhood a best seller. In The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference, Gladwell explains how ideas, products, messages and behaviours spread just like viruses culminating in a change that happens not gradually, but at one dramatic moment. It is this moment that is the Tipping Point.

    We believe that the Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry will be the precursor to a Tipping Point.

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    Vector Insights

    20 April 2018

    Going Green for Gold

    by Arian Neiron , Managing Director

    Recent research findings reveal compelling reasons to include companies with high environmental, social and governance (ESG) ratings in portfolios. Like Australia at the recent Commonwealth Games, these high ESG performers can lead the pack.

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