"Why on earth worry about demographics?” asked Clint R. Laurent, founder and CEO of Global Demographic. Because "Demographics change quietly in the background," he explained. "Suddenly, the target market that you thought Company X was going to do well in no longer exists." Laurent identifies four key demographic trends that investors should keep in mind.
For Ronald M. Florance, Jr., CFA, the investment opportunities of tomorrow lie outside of traditional developed markets.
Highlights from the past month include a critique of the war on cash by Ron Rimkus, CFA; the future of blockchain technology as explored by Larry Cao, CFA; a review of an Antti Ilmanen presentation by Mark Harrison, CFA; an analysis of how investors can add value through meditation by Jason Voss, CFA; and an update on the 2017 regtech revolution from April J. Rudin.
“It is not only a low interest rate world, it is also a low expected return world on any long-only investment,” said Antti Ilmanen, in his presentation at the 2016 CFA Institute European Investment Conference. Low expected returns are going to anchor bad news for all of us for the rest of our working lifetimes, he said, and maybe beyond.
The US municipal bond markets have been “changing for the good” in terms of disclosure and reporting since the financial crisis, according to Peter Coffin, president of Breckinridge Capital Advisors.
For Andy Acker, CFA, portfolio manager of the Janus Global Life Sciences Fund, these are especially exciting times for investors in the health care sector. Opportunities abound, as significant advances in understanding the genetic causes of disease have resulted in a surge in new and more effective treatments. At the same time, risks remain and a disciplined approach to stock selection and portfolio construction is imperative for success.
Michael Pond, CFA, delivered an interesting primer on inflation-linked debt at the recent CFA Institute Fixed-Income Management Conference. So what are inflation-linked bonds? They are most typically debts issued by sovereign nations whose nominal interest rate is adjusted, either up or down, by an inflation measure.
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