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Emerging Markets Viewpoints - June

12 June 2017

Latest Emerging Market Viewpoints
From Matt Linsey and the North of South Capital team

The recent search for yield on the part of investors has seen a remarkable compression in spreads over the past year. Highly leveraged Chinese property companies have been amongst the chief beneficiaries of this euphoria, with a gross issuance of more than $14 billion in debt this year. 

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Emerging Markets Viewpoints - May

08 May 2017

Latest Emerging Market Viewpoints
From Matt Linsey and the North of South Capital team

Despite ranking number one for minority shareholder investor protection by the World Bank, the Hong Kong exchange remains something of a lottery when it comes to Mainland Chinese listed companies.

Over the past few years there have been numerous scandals ranging from minor accounting infractions to outright frauds. Companies as diverse as China Forestry, Hanergy and China Metal Recycling have been delisted as a result, leaving investors with substantial losses. 

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Emerging Markets Viewpoints - April

10 April 2017

Latest Emerging Market Viewpoints
From Matt Linsey and the North of South Capital team

We have noticed two key trends in our asset class that while supportive of prices over the near term, could represent a significant risk in the future. 

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Uncovering the DNA of markets

27 February 2017

Our approach to diversifying assets makes us a little different from most other asset managers. That’s because we try to look at the ‘DNA’ that drives a market – something known as ‘factor investing’

How we use ‘factor’ investing in our Multi-Asset portfolios
One of the things that sets our Multi-Asset portfolios apart is our use of ‘factor’ investing when selecting assets. The main reason to hold a variety of asset classes is to make your portfolio more stable. But this idea only holds true if the assets you select are uncorrelated. In other words: asset class returns are independent of each other, thereby reducing a portfolio’s overall risk. 

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