The Best And Worst Performing Assets In June, Q2 And YTD

As we reach the mid-point for the year, leaving behind a half most would rather forget and looking forward to a half in which central bank quantitive tightening is about to really pick up, Deutsche Bank’s Jim Reid writes that markets spent most of the month of June flip-flopping between constantly evolving trade-war related headlines, as well as digesting the diverging path of a more hawkish than expected Fed versus a more dovish than expected ECB following their respective policy meetings. Learn more


China, Russia Pare US Treasuries Holdings as Trade Tensions Rise. A Sign of Things to Come?

rtx1gzco.jpgPresident Donald Trump threatened to escalate the trade fight with China into an all-out trade war on Monday, promising to impose massive tariffs on Chinese goods unless Beijing reverses course on its own trade actions.

Meanwhile, foreign governments have pulled back their purchases of longer-term US debt as trade tensions escalate, with Russia dumping half of its holdings. Could this be a sign of things to come? Learn more

China Awakens

unnamed-3.jpgIf you checked the MSCI Emerging Market Index last Friday, you would have noticed the inclusion of 226 new A-Shares of Chinese companies into the benchmark. This is the first step of a very gradual introduction which will continue in September and A-shares only represent 0.4% of the index at present.

While it might seem insignificant, it has triggered a wave of forced buying by passive strategies and could ultimately have a large impact on the composition of the index and investors’ investment universe. In fact, if all those stocks were fully included along with additional mid cap names over time, China could come to represent 50% of the Emerging Markets of which 28% from A-Shares!

What does this mean for your portfolio? Click here to learn more.


unnamed-2.jpg“Concentration on short-term projects or objectives for immediate profit at the expense of long-term security.”

Jernej Bukovec (CFA) of Momentum Global Investment Management, one of our UK regulated, discretionary fund managers highlights why short-termism is unhealthy for investors, changing portfolio positioning every time an investment underperforms and chasing outperforming investments. Click here to learn more.

Old Mutual Int’l ‘Taking Legal Action’ Against Leonteq Over Commissions

old_mutual_venta_latamOld Mutual International, the international investment products arm of Old Mutual Wealth, is “taking legal action” against Zurich-based Leonteq Securities AG “and related parties”, for “the making of false statements” in connection with the levels of commission paid to advisers on Leonteq structured products.

“Had the true level of commission been disclosed, the products would not have passed Old Mutual International’s criteria, and no investments would have been made,” OMI said in a statement. Learn more

Staying Invested

MountainAt Intelligent Investments, our goal is to ‘keep clients invested’ in order to achieve their financial goals, but what do we mean by this? It comes down to trying to overcome the biggest obstacle preventing investors from achieving long term objectives – themselves! We are all prone to mental pitfalls which make us our own worst enemy when it comes to investing.

Andrew Hardy (CFA) of Momentum Global Investment Management, one of our UK regulated, discretionary fund managers, brings some of this work to light. Click here to learn more.

China and Russia Looking to Drop US Dollar for Oil Payments

yuan-vs-dollarJust days after Beijing officially launched Yuan-denominated crude oil futures (which are expected to quickly become the third global price benchmark along Brent and WTI), Reuters reports China has taken the next major step in the challenging the US dollar’s supremacy as global reserve currency (and internationalising the Yuan) by paying for crude oil imports in its own currency instead of US dollars.
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