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How market frictions can live in harmony with persistent factor premia

 As we continue our voyage on the factor premium drivers, our next destination is 'market structure'.

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Risky or not? The currency hedging debate for equities

Some investors propose hedging all currency exposure while others see no benefit to hedging at all, so is currency exposure a risk?

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What the Stone Age can teach investors

Evolutionary psychology highlights a Stone Age mentality hardwired into our brains and reflected in our behaviour and habits. For example, we tend to organise ourselves into groups in order to adapt more easily to different environments: behaviourally it is far less dangerous to be wrong in a group than to be right on our own. This explains the desire and impulse of an individual investor to follow the crowd.

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Will higher fees make your retirement pot go up in smoke?

This blog comes with a health warning: Higher fee pots die younger. And the UK government is taking notice.

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Correlation galaxies – how to grasp asset class behaviour over time

Correlations show us how assets have moved relative to each other in the past. As multi-asset investors, one of our key objectives is to identify assets that improve diversification. To do this, we try to combine assets with low or even negative correlations. This sounds easy, but can be surprisingly difficult in reality.

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Emerging by name, emerged by nature

Emerging market assets have long been a source of both potential profit and peril for investors. 2017 saw an incredible streak of capital inflows into emerging market equities, bonds and currencies. Whilst returns are still characteristically volatile, this historically maverick asset class has become more mature and resilient than ever before, as was highlighted during February's market sell-off.

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The linker tail

The UK inflation-linked government bond ('linker') market is dominated by vast UK defined benefit pension schemes. Derisking by schemes tends to increase demand for linkers as equity prices rise, pushing up their prices. For multi-asset investors seeking diversification, that could make them less attractive to buy.

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