Kiwi Investor Blog achieves 100 Posts.
Thank you to those who have provided support, encouragement and feedback. It has been greatly appreciated.
Before I briefly outline some of the key topics covered to date by Kiwiinvestorblog.com, the “intellectual framework” for the Blog has largely come from EDHEC Risk Institute in relation to Goals-Based investing and how to improve the outcomes of Target Date Funds in providing a more robust investment solution.
Likewise, Noble Laureate Professor Robert Merton’s perspective on designing an appropriate retirement system has been influential. Regulators and retirement solution providers should take note of his and EDHEC’s work.
Combined, EDHEC and Professor Merton, are helping to make finance useful again.
Their analysis into more robust retirement solutions have the potential to deliver real welfare benefits for the many people that face a challenging retirement environment.
A Goals-Based approach also helps the super wealthy and the High Net worth in achieving their investment and hopefully philanthropic goals, resulting in the efficient allocation of capital.
The investment knowledge is available now to achieve this.
To summaries, the key topics of Kiwi investor blog:
- I have posted frequently on Goals-Based investing, as I believe this provides a more robust and tailored investment solution for the individual.
- Likewise, much ink has been spilt over Target Date Funds. I believe these are the vehicle to achieving the mass production of the customised investment solution. Furthermore, they are likely to be the solution to the KiwiSaver Default option. The current generation have many shortcomings and would benefit by the implementation of more advanced investment approaches such as Liability Driven Investing. This analysis highlights that Target Date Funds that are 100% invested in cash at time of retirement are scandalous.
- A greater allocation to alternative investments has been promoted on the Blog to gain truer levels of portfolio diversification. KiwiSaver investors are missing out. Allocations globally to alternative investments is only set to grow according to Prequin. This is most pertinent as we face a low return environment. More asset classes do not equal more diversification.
- The first kiwiinvestorblog Post was an article by EDHEC Risk Institute outlining the paradigm shift developing within the wealth management industry, including the death of the Policy Portfolio, the move toward Goals-Based Investing and the mass production of customised investment solutions. These themes have been developed upon within the Blog over the last 22 months.
I covered the EDHEC article in more depth recently.
- I have covered KiwiSaver issues in many blogs, this one in relation to the OECD Pension Scheme Recommendations was well received.
- The mass production of customised investment solutions has been a recurrent topic. Mass customisation enabled by technology will be the Uber Moment for the wealth management industry. Therefore, the development of BlackRock and Microsoft collaborating will be worth following.
- The Post on the Disaggregation of Investment Returns has been popular. This Post provides a lens on how to consider different levels of diversification within a portfolio. This includes the appeal of Factor Investing.
- The largest article download has been the research article on Challenging the Conventional Wisdom of Active Management.
- Several Posts have been on Responsible Investing. I am in the process of writing a series of articles on Responsible Investing. The next will be on Impact Investing. The key concern, as a researcher, is identifying those managers that don’t Greenwash their investment approach and as a practitioner seeing consistency in terminology. The evidence for Responsible Investing is compelling and there is a wide spectrum of approaches.
- In relation to Behavioural Finance, access to a Tool Kit has been provided, the behavioural finance underpinning modern wealth management has been discussed. This led to a discussion around the Regret Portfolio.
- There has been a focus on the issues faced by those near or in Retirement, such as the Retirement Planning Death Zone. These discussions have led to conclusion that Warren Buffet could be wrong in recommending high allocations to a low cost index funds. Investment returns are greatly impacted by cashflows into and out of the retirement fund.
- I don’t tend to Post around current market conditions; market views and analysis are readily available. I will cover a major market development, more to provide some historical context, for example the anatomy of sharemarket corrections, the interplay between economic recession and sharemarket returns, and lastly, I first covered the topic of inverted yield curves in 2018. I provided an update more recently, Recessions, inverted yield curves, and Sharemarket returns.
My word for 2019 is Flexicure, as outlined in my last Post of 2018, Flexicurity in Retirement Income Solutions – making finance great again – which brings together many of the key topics outlined above.
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