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    Smart Beta

    Cameron McCormack, Manager - Investments

    2020 was a difficult year for yield chasing investors as companies cancelled/reduced dividend payments to shore up cash flows in light of uncertainties navigating COVID-19. Large cap stocks, notably big four bank dividends for 2020 were on average 60% lower than 2019.

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    22 September 2021

    Delta surge supports Quality

    by Cameron McCormack, Manager - Investments

    The COVID-19 delta surge, particularly in the US, has dampened the economic outlook. If the global economic recovery continues to falter it could benefit quality companies, as they tend to offer investors protection during weaker economic environments and heightened market volatility.

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    Smart Beta

    21 September 2021

    The players and their earnings

    by Russel Chesler, Director, Investments & Portfolio Strategy

    Fans have long fawned over the big contracts of traditional sports stars, as players such as Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, and Tom Brady rake in tens of millions of dollars. Esports hasn’t hit that level quite yet, but lots of esports stars have made more money before age 30 than others will earn in their entire life.

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    31 August 2021

    China: The Way Forward

    by Alice Shen, Senior Associate - Investments & Capital Markets

    China’s stated goal and renewed focus is common prosperity – we are going to see social equality, self-sufficiency and security being addressed. Recent announcements such as the edict on education are an example. Although policy risks create short-term ripples in the market, there are sectors in mainland China that remain well positioned to benefit over the long run.

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    Smart Beta

    17 August 2021

    Watching esports

    by Russel Chesler, Director, Investments & Portfolio Strategy

    Live streaming services are the main viewing medium of esports. A massive nine billion viewing hours took place on the three largest streaming platforms in the second quarter of 2021. More recently, free-to-air networks have televised some esports leagues and championships live. Watching esports is entering the mainstream.

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