Our Views on the Markets and the Economy

Post-US election investment update

While the uncertainty that has followed the US presidential election may have caught some by surprise (markets were convinced Joe Biden would win comfortably), investors shouldn’t be overly concerned. We should note, however, that as yet the result is still too close to call and it may take days or even weeks to finally reveal the winner.



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Even when the participants are relatively civil US election campaigns can be beset by tension and animosity. These attributes are unsurprisingly amplified for the 2020 run in, but will the outcome mean an elevated level of pain or gain for your investments?



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Investors may sometimes reasonably ask: “If you are passive investors, why don’t I just invest in passive funds and ETFs directly myself?” Let us explain the benefits of choosing a discretionary wealth manager like Netwealth to manage your money for you.



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With such a challenging year for investors it is worth asking whether you should do things differently to stay on track for the rest of the year and beyond. Asking the right questions – and not ignoring difficult implications – can help you determine if need to change your investment behaviour.



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Q&A on the Chancellor’s Summer Statement

Since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic the health crisis has occupied centre-stage in Government policy. Now, following the Prime Minister’s speech last week in Dudley and the Chancellor’s Summer Statement today in the House of Commons, addressing the economic crisis and ensuring recovery has moved alongside the health crisis to the fore of Government policy.

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Why do so many market commentators talk about betting when referring to investing? The investment industry is often infused with the symbolism of a casino – a representation that becomes all too real when investors get wiped out.

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The seven sterling Netwealth portfolios celebrated their fourth anniversary on May 31st. Although the period since launch in 2016 has covered a number of episodes where markets have been challenged, 2020 has of course felt more difficult than most.

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We enter June still hearing continued tragic news of the human impact of Covid-19. The bad economic news is also unrelenting, with the longest economic expansion in US history cut abruptly with what is sure to be a deep, global recession.

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How We Use ETFs in Our Portfolios

In a recent interview with ETF Stream, our head of portfolio management Iain Barnes talked about how we use ETFs in our portfolios.

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Should the spurious claims by supporters of the active fund management industry be finally laid to rest? Investors have been much more inclined to choose passive funds in recent years – driven by increasing awareness about the negative impact of high fees and publicly available figures on the long-term underperformance of active managers.

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