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Our Chief Investment Office and experts share insights into our house view and macro trends.

Investment market update - keeping some perspective

We believed that the investment landscape was not as bleak as some market participants were suggesting at the end of 2018, and it is encouraging that investors have now seemingly adopted a much more positive mindset, as evidenced by the sharp recovery in equity markets since their December lows. So, has anything substantial changed in investment markets since the end of last year?

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Investment markets – a look back on 2018 and reasons to be cheerful for 2019

When Donald Trump was elected in November 2016, markets soon applauded him as a tax-cutting, regulation-slashing, business-focused President. The welcome mat was withdrawn during 2018, however, as trade wars started to unnerve investors and stall business spending.

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Politics, interest rates and trade wars - can we expect more volatility in 2019?

Forecasting returns and markets in 2019 is fraught with danger, as unpredictable political events may continue to cause volatility. However, in staying focused on the economic fundamentals, we see more upside than downside next year.

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From FAANGs to CRAABs - the era of investment in new technology

When it comes to science and technology, our investment has never been just about the FAANGs (Facebook, Apple, Amazon, Netflix and Google). We want to capture the potential growth in areas like eSports (online competition gaming), artificial intelligence, robotic automation, and voice activation.

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Why we believe in convertible bonds for 2019

Some investors shun convertible bonds, finding them hard to pigeonhole, and mistrusting their 'geeky' reputation. Basically, though, they are misunderstood and deserve a place in your portfolios if you're thinking about investing in 2019, particularly at this time of rising interest rates.

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Could Latin America be a great investment opportunity in 2019?

In the 1980s, Latin America suffered from hyper-inflation, dictatorships and state-ownership of assets. Today there are long-term tailwinds that suggest the region could outpace its developed market rivals in the years ahead. This makes it an attractive prospect for investing in 2019.

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IMPORTANT: Investment involves risk. The value of investments and the income from them can go down as well as up and you may not get back the amount originally invested. Past performance is not a reliable indicator of future performance.

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