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Dividend stocks and ETFs for income investors

Posted on 12.04.2021

After weathering the storm caused by the pandemic last year, US companies were back to their dividend distributing best to top off the first quarter of the new year. A total of 906 companies either initiated a dividend payout or raised it, up 24% from the last year. The number of companies that either cut or suspended their dividends also halved to a measly 64, as published by Wealthmanagement.com’s Todd Rosenbuth last week. There was only one company in the S&P 500 that suspended ...

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How to secure a full state pension

Posted on 12.04.2021

As the coronavirus pandemic wreaks havoc on people’s finances and makes the future uncertain, planning for retirement has become more important than ever. The state pension is often the main source of income for individuals once they retire. In order to be eligible to receive these benefit payments, one must meet certain criteria. Let’s take a look at the most important pieces of information you’ll need to know when it comes to securing a state pension. The exact amount o ...

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Cryptocurrencies as part of a modern defensive strategy

Posted on 12.04.2021

Cryptocurrencies can form an integral part of alternative defensive portfolios, especially in times when fixed income isn’t attractive enough for many investors. The opinion was shared by Vimal Gor, head of bond, income, and defensive strategies at Pendal Group. He added that government bonds simply aren’t effective anymore due to lower yields and cryptocurrencies are the ‘smart’ addition to any defensive portfolio. The main reason for Vimal Gor’s opinion is th ...

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Emerging markets - Is it finally their turn?

Posted on 09.04.2021

Asian markets have always been touted as carrying great ‘potential’ but have lagged behind the leading markets in the developed world for some time now. That trend might soon be changing though, with favourable demographics, increased spending, and improved lifestyles allowing for booming economic activity in the region. Investors have never denied the potential of the region. But many have questioned how long they will have to wait to finally receive the returns they expect from th ...

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What’s in a manager’s fund and do investors really need to know?

Posted on 09.04.2021

The ease with which information can be accessed today means retail investors are more knowledgeable than they were a decade or two ago. When a person wants to invest in a fund, they can refer to the fund factsheet to find out where it invests its money. Many funds only show their top 10 holdings while others lay out everything in the open for potential investors to see. Does this increased transparency really help the investor in choosing the right fund? Or the lesser the investor knows, the bet ...

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Global funds cut China debt holdings

Posted on 09.04.2021

Amid plans for more debt sales and yield premium over treasuries narrowing, global institutions reduced their holdings of Chinese government bonds during March 2021. At the end of the month, foreign investors were left with 312 billion dollars worth of Chinese government bonds, down about 2.5 billion dollars from the amount held in February. This reduction estimate was calculated by Bloomberg using Chinabond data. Chinese bonds were in high demand because of their reputation as a haven while th ...

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Bloomberg: World’s largest credit ETF loses $3.6 billion

Posted on 08.04.2021

According to a report released by Bloomberg, the iShares iBoxx $ Investment Grade Corporate Bond ETF (LQD) experienced outflows to the tune of 3.6 billion dollars in the month of March. This is by far the worst-performing month for the world’s largest credit ETF since its inception about 20 years ago. The monthly performance was part of its biggest quarterly loss in 12 years.  Why the sell-off? The causes for the sell-off across the high-grade corporate bonds sector are two-pronged. ...

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Bloomberg: PayPal sets ambitious plan to reach net-zero by 2040

Posted on 08.04.2021

Medium and large-cap companies around the world have been coming forward with their contributions towards reducing carbon emissions around the world. The most recent entry in the list is PayPal. The company announced its plans this Tuesday, setting a target of achieving carbon neutrality by 2040. Paypal’s CTO, Sri Shivananda, said that Paypal was simply doing its part in achieving a carbon-neutral economy. He promised that the company will prioritize innovation and collaboration with part ...

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Markets brace for possible Toshiba mega takeover deal

Posted on 08.04.2021

Japanese firm Toshiba has received a 20.8 billion dollar buyout offer from CVC Capital Partners, the company announced yesterday. The offer prices the company at a 30% premium to its closing share price on Tuesday.  Toshiba has had its fair share of drama, with a financial scandal in 2015 followed by a threat of bankruptcy, which the company barely managed to survive. More recently, the company has experienced a shareholder revolt, with Effissimo Capital Management, a firm that holds a 9.9 ...

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