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Leveraging big data in equity markets

July 2020

The way 21st century quants gather and analyse information and deploy it is a far cry from quantitative investing, as it’s been traditionally understood.

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Is value investing worth it?

June 2020

Arguments against value investing and value stocks seem skewed, at this moment. Ironically, this brings us closer to the time when value investing can return to its place in the investment sun.

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In the Storm: The Outlook for Global REIT's

April 2020

Volatility in the financial markets has increased, with share prices for global stocks, including REITs, changing dramatically from week to week.

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Australian shares: spot check

April 2020

Ordinarily, companies abandoning earnings guidance would be thrashed by the market, but these are not ordinary times. 

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Pandemic a shock, but not a surprise

April 2020

MLC discusses COVID-19 and how at times like this, true investors, true managers of risk, need to focus on identifying uncertainty and hammering out solutions to deal with the unknown, all the while preserving as much client wealth as possible. 

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MLC's scenario insights and portfolio positioning

April 2020

Ben McCaw Senior Portfolio Manager, and Al Clark Head of Investments, explain MLC's assessment of the current market environment, pandemic scenarios that may play out, and how MLC multi-asset portfolios are positioned. 

MLC scenario insights and portfolio positioning (PDF 1.1MB)

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What our investment managers are saying

26 March 2020

Our external investment managers are maintaining their discipline, and looking for opportunities to buy quality assets that have been sold-off.

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Video: Market update

13 March 2020

Both share markets and credit markets have had a particularly challenging month, and this has been driven by two factors: preventing the spread of COVID-19, and the sharp drop in the oil price. Dr Ben McCaw, Portfolio Manager at MLC, discusses.

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Video: Market update

12 March 2020

Markets are continuing to be volatile as investors react to the news about economic growth and global trade being disrupted by the coronavirus and oil prices. Jonathan Armitage, Chief Investment Officer at MLC, discusses.

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Data Center: A hotspot for REIT investors

March 2020

An explosion of data also means growing demand for data centres. That's also creating opportunities for data centre REITs.

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Capturing coronavirus and other remote possibilities in the Investment Futures Framework

March 2020

Due to the Investment Futures Framework, our portfolios were not caught completely unawares by the coronavirus outbreak and that may provide some reassurance for our clients.

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Investment market impacts of coronavirus. Part II

February 2020

Markets are realising that economic dislocations stemming from the coronavirus outbreak may be more significant than previously assumed.

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Active and passive investing — stronger together

February 2020

The active investing vs passive investing debate is overblown. Together, they form an intelligent partnership resulting in stronger total portfolios than just passive only or active only portfolios.

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Investment market impacts of coronavirus

February 2020

Trying to measure the coronavirus-impact on Australian companies is fraught. There’s a natural human desire for clear-cut answers, but that’s not always possible when putting industries under a microscope.

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Flat earnings growth but share markets rocketed. What gives?

January 2020

MLC discusses how 2019 ended with the global share market up despite lacklustre earnings growth, and how we are defensively positioning portfolios considering the many possible scenarios.

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Infographic: 2019 year in review

January 2020

Despite macro concerns, 2019 was a good year for investors. In early January, with 2019 behind us, MLC's Portfolio Specialist John Owen will provide you with a review of what happened in investment markets over the year.

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2019 calendar year in review

January 2020

Despite macro concerns, 2019 was a good year for investors. In early January, with 2019 behind us, MLC's Portfolio Specialist John Owen will provide you with a review of what happened in investment markets over the year.

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ASX ex-20 stocks: the sweet spot for earnings power

December 2019

Many Australians’ equity portfolios have a large cap bias. However, broadening equity exposure to ASX ex-20 stocks provides access to potentially even more earnings power capable of driving greater total returns.

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Equity income to address the income recession

December 2019

Low interest rates are a headwind for people reliant on savings-interest related income. Despite this, the income cupboard isn't bare. Shares, especially Australian shares, are a sizeable income provider.

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Diversification and being fee-smart always in vogue

December 2019

Diversification and being fee-smart are timeless investment principles. They’re not magic bullets, but have served generations of investors.

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Nimbleness especially important amid geo-political risks

November 2019

MLC discusses continued trade tensions keeping markets on edge, the slow-motion Brexit drama persisting in the UK, and how MLC is defensively positioning portfolios considering the many possible scenarios.

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LCS: delivering true diversification

October 2019

A low-correlation strategy increases diversification as the portfolio will move independently of broader markets, which is vital to protect portfolios from unexpected market shocks.

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Why implementation matters more than you think

September 2019

Implementation involves the movement and daily management of investment assets, and while that may sound simple, doing it efficiently is a vital cost-saver.

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"How good" is liquidity

August 2019

Investment markets are cyclical and as past events have shown, also vulnerable to shocks, which can potentially create liquidity challenges. Responsible investment managers need to be prepared for whatever happens.

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Manager change in MLC's fixed income strategies

August 2019

We’ve made a manager change in our fixed income strategies. We expect this change will improve the return potential of our fixed income strategies without a material change to their risk profile.

Manager change in MLC's fixed income strategies (PPT 910KB)

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The liquidity landscape has changed

July 2019

When it comes to liquidity, it’s the scrutiny of investment managers that matters most. When the next market disruption occurs central banks may not be able to bail markets out.

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Manager changes in MLC's global strategies

March 2019

We've made some changes to our global shares investment managers and their weights. We’ve increased the strategy’s active stock positions by reducing the managers from seven to six – removing Harding Loevner. We expect these changes to slightly improve the return potential of our global shares strategies.

Manager changes in MLC's global strategies (PPT 12.9MB)