How to apply Asset Allocation to your portfolio in current market conditions?

Asset allocation. Perhaps the most important decision any investor can take and yet, mention that to most retail investors and you’re likely to get the blank look of boredom. Most retail investors, particularly in Asia, just couldn't care less about having a balanced well thought out allocation, focusing rather on the next ‘hot’ trade (which often turn out a bit damp).

Its not just the retail investors, it’s the whole industry around them. Many private bankers, keen to generate more commissions from their clients will provide them with these ‘hot’ ideas, constantly feeding client’s insatiable emotion of greed. With most private bankers being paid a share of the commissions they generate, it shouldn't surprise anybody that they are driven to churn clients or offer investment structures which hide their fees (and are often not suitable for their clients), with allocation advise taking a backseat.

October promises to be more interesting

The timing of the first rate hike in almost a decade from US Federal Reserve (Fed) was the stuff of considerable speculation for most of 2015.

Expectations of an imminent increase to the near-zero interest rate in the US were the key driver behind the rally in the US dollar. The greenback appreciated 11.2% against a basket of major currencies prior to the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting in March. The dollar index rose over 100 for the first time in 12 years.

Traits of the best money managers

Having worked in a fund of hedge funds, I have met with and analysed some of the best long/short equity managers globally. I have compiled a list of what I see as some of the key traits of great money managers as well as, often hard learned, personal lessons. Things to watch out for. While the focus is on equities, they relate to all strategies.

QA with Noble Group

In this edition of our e-newsletter, SIAS talks to Noble Group about the company’s business model and strategy, as well as recent initiatives to increase transparency that included a PwC review and an Investor Day event.

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