Why the 40 in 60/40 needs to change for investors. A look back at the decade in VC. The importance of data ethics. And is too much choice bad for advisors? These stories and much more in this week’s briefing.
Canadian inflation rate was 2.2% in November: Canadian inflation accelerates to 2.2%, core highest in a decade
The BoE holds Bank Rate steady at 0.75%: Bank of England keeps interest rates on hold
Why the 40 in 60/40 needs to change: Hey 60/40 investors: You need a new ‘40’
Three trends for investors and financial advisors: 3 trends investors and financial advisors should heed in 2020
Why corporate debt could be problematic for the global economy: China corporate debt flagged as ‘biggest threat’ to global economy
Chart of the week – Emerging markets poised for a comeback?
Let’s take a look at emerging markets stocks over the past five years. Emerging markets have underperformed developed markets over the past five years, particularly over the last couple of years as trade tensions intensified. As emerging markets countries are often export-heavy economies, the slowdown in the global economy has hurt performance. However, the partial trade agreement between the U.S. and China on December 13 has sparked a surge in performance among emerging markets equities. If trade tensions ease further and global economic growth ticks higher, will emerging markets equities gain traction and outperform developed markets? It may be time. Let us know what you think.
Used with permission of Bloomberg Finance L.P.
News and notes (U.S.)
A look at the hedge fund industry in November: State of the industry: November 2019
Risk-on sentiment among fund managers is back: Why fund managers are cranking up the risk
A look back at the decade that was in VC: VC’s decade in data: How the 2010s reshaped a market
Money market funds attracting a substantial amount of inflows: Investors favor money markets over stock and bond funds: Morningstar
Retail investors will gain more exposure to private markets: SEC votes to give retail investors more access to private markets
News and notes (Canada)
29 liquid alternative funds were launched in 2019: Fund managers have jumped into liquid alts, DBRS reports
Sun Life takes majority interest in InfraRed Capital Partners: Sun Life to expand infrastructure expertise with investment in InfraRed
What may be in store for Canadian alternative investments: A 2020 vision for Canadian alternative investments
A look at the changes to the Basic Personal Amount: New basic personal amount for 2020
On the pulse – New frontiers in fintech
Be prepared for a bigger adoption of mobile wallets: Why banks should care about mobile wallets (even if consumers don’t)
A look at some trends in cybersecurity for the year ahead: 10 cyber security trends to look out for in 2020
The importance of data ethics: Data ethics – what is it good for?
Why demand for regtech is expected to grow: Capital markets regtech in review
PayPal enters the Chinese payments market: PayPal completes GoPay acquisition, allowing payments platform to enter China
Why too much choice may be bad for advisors: Advisers are drowning in fintech choices
UBS makes changes to its ultra-high-net-worth unit: UBS Group to revamp unit for ultra-high net worth clients
High-net-worth individuals are increasing their exposure to real estate, cash: Here’s where the wealthiest investors are finding opportunities
Polls & surveys – What financials are saying
Contributions to TFSA accounts grew in 2019 (BMO): Annual TFSA contributions up 10% on average: survey
74% of investors want financial advice from a human (IIROC): Investors prefer human advice: survey
The percentage of women directors on boards rose in 2019 (MSCI): Slow gains for female board membership: report