The asymmetry of interest rate duration risk

A common way to think about bond yields is to view them as a cushion that protects bondholders from the potential negative effects of duration risk. As bond yields have now collapsed to very low levels, that protection from duration risk has vanished.

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Mrs. Watanabe meets European insurance companies

Since the early 2000’s the name ‘Mrs. Watanabe’ has been used to describe yield seeking Japanese retail investors, who were forced to increase their offshore investment risk taking in response to ultra-low interest rates back home.

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Bonds don’t always diversify equity risk

With global bond yields back near the low end of recent ranges, it’s an opportune time to revisit a theme that’s relevant to portfolio construction today – the bond vs. equity correlation.

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Introducing XARO

Gopi Karunakaran introduces the ActiveX Ardea Real Outcome Bond Fund (Managed Fund) (ASX:XARO).

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