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Asset Allocation

Hiding behind diversification

Modern portfolio theory has created the impression that diversification is always a good thing, but asset owners could benefit from a more sceptical attitude. This article suggests over-diversification favours managers at the expense of returns to investors.
Risk

Is innovation in finance a good thing?

Innovation is usually viewed by economists as a productivity-enhancing force, powering economic growth in modern capitalist societies. But damage can also be done by innovations, especially in the financial sector where agency issues create the potential for negligence and rent extraction. A more cautious perspective might help investors and policymakers better manage the risks that inevitably accompany financial innovations and contribute to more stable and efficient markets.
Organisational Design

Stabilising and destabilising strategies

Phil Edwards CEO of Ricardo Research, a new consulting firm aimed at turning traditional thinking on its head, argues it is time to consider social utility and costs when assessing value add in investment strategies – including the impact products have on stabilising or destabilising market dynamics.
Opinion

Mercer’s four themes for 2018

Mercer delves into central bank policy, geopolitics, macroeconomics and sustainability to kick off four discussions investors need to have as they prepare for a more changeable year ahead.
Opinion

If the gold asset fits, wear it

The debate over gold’s value as a financial asset will always be intense. But investors should look past the rhetoric to the evidence, when making a decision about whether it’s right for their po
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