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Mortgage-backed securities (MBS) - we’ve come a long, long way together ...
12 February 2018 in Economies & markets, Investment market

Mortgage-backed securities (MBS) fell into disrepute following their significant involvement in the 2008 financial crisis. Just as technology stocks were avoided long after the 1990s technology bubble had burst, MBS are given a very wide berth. But is this view a valid one today? In this article, Justin Oliver, Deputy Chief Investment Officer at CGWM explores how MBS can be made part of a diversified portfolio.

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Market volatility - what you need to know

In our recent articles we have flagged a potential increase in volatility this year as the inevitable ‘price to be paid’ for continued growth in equity markets. It was a matter of when not if. The question is whether the current correction is the beginning of something more sinister - leading to a bear market - or simply reminiscent of 2013’s ‘taper tantrum’.

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Growth vs. value - are the winds of change a-blowing?

As equity indices rose during most of 2017, it was clear where market leadership lay. The technology giants like Amazon (up 57% over the year), Apple (up 48%), Facebook (up 53%) and Google/ Alphabet (up 33%) soared, along with their Chinese counterparts Baidu, Tencent and Alibaba (up 42%, 96% and 115% respectively). In this article, we explain why the so-called ’growth’ areas of the market have performed so well.

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New technology in the emerging markets

Some might think 'emerging market technology' is an oxymoron, but the picture of emerging markets (EM) as commodity exporters and cheap factories is outdated. This article reveals how EM have developed technologically beyond recognition, and why this should be reflected in investment portfolios.

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Why it's vital to keep an eye on worldwide and UK inflation rates

Some commentators and policymakers think that, like the bogeyman, inflation is waiting just around the corner, ready to pounce on the unsuspecting central banker. What will happen if it does? And what if it doesn't?

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Investing in artificial intelligence companies

While we are still quite some way from true artificial intelligence (AI) as science fiction writers might understand it, the term is being used with ever greater frequency. But what is the link between AI and investment opportunities, and how can investors capitalise on the march of technology?

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