Wealth Management Perspectives
IN THIS ISSUE:
SUPER HOT TOPICS
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TRACK CAPITAL MARKETS MOVES WITH OUR DAA DASHBOARD
We live in a world of rapid structural change, where asset class values can fluctuate significantly in a relative short time frame. Our Dynamic Asset Allocation (DAA) dashboard is a summary of which asset classes Mercer believes are becoming expensive and which represent greater value.
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POST RETIREMENT FOCUS IN 2013 PENSION INDEX
The 2013 Melbourne Mercer Global Pension Index has called the development of effective post-retirement solutions one of the most critical challenges for policy makers and retirement industries around the globe. This year the report includes a special chapter on post-retirement solutions, which addresses:
- Suggestions to improve better outcomes for members
- Improvements needed in product portfolios; and
- Levers than can be used to develop a more robust governance framework
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GLOBAL HIGH YIELD BOND UPDATE
Despite the rally in high yield bond markets over the past 18 months or so, Mercer believes that high yield bonds are a good candidate for a strategic asset allocation within a growth portfolio because of their ability to diversify the sources of return. In this article, we consider some of the issues around portfolio construction and manager/strategy selection in building a growth fixed income portfolio.
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|DON'T OVERLOOK HEDGE FUNDS|
We believe you can construct hedge fund portfolios that have fairly low correlations with equities, but still have potential to generate equity-like returns over the longer term, and at much lower risk. Recently, Bill Muysken our global alternatives CIO presented to investors in NZ on opportunities in hedge funds. View his presentation here.
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CAN YOU MODEL FOR HUMAN BEHAVIOUR?
Good stochastic modelling tools are essential to engage markets in a forward, rather than backward looking approach, to take into account a system which constantly evolves, and to adapt to the investment environment and the specific needs of individual investors. However, stochastic analysis is not a cure-all and does contain an element of model risk.
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CLIMATE CHANGE RISKS MOVE UP THE INVESTMENT AGENDA
Asset managers are increasingly factoring climate change into their decision making. Each year, the report Mercer prepares for the networks of the Global Investor Coalition on Climate Change shows more engagement. For example, almost 70% of asset owner-respondents now report that climate change integration is influencing their fund manager selection decisions up from 43% last year.
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