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MB Fund April 2020 Performance

April saw a bounce back in share markets after March was one of the worst months ever. Our portfolios continue to be positioned defensively and so only took a limited part in the bounce. Over the last year, our Tactical Growth fund is beating the Chant West median superannuation fund by 10%. In our direct

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MB Fund Podcast: Australian Housing Market: Bear vs Bull debate with Cameron Murray (updated with podcast audio)

With the COVID-19 lockdown in full swing and unemployment rising, many commentators including Nucleus Wealth are tipping that Australian house prices will fall over the coming year. Today we were joined by Dr Cameron Murray, who takes the opposing view and believes that Australian housing values will actually rise. Join MB Fund’s Head of Investments

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MB Fund podcast: Australian Housing Bear vs Bull debate with Dr Cameron Murray LIVE 12:30 AEST

With the COVID-19 lockdown in full swing and unemployment rising, many commentators including MacroBusiness are tipping that Australian house prices will fall over the coming year. Today we are joined by Dr Cameron Murray, who takes the opposing view and believes that Australian housing values will actually rise. Join us in today’s investment webinar (LIVE

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MB Fund Podcast: From virus shock to trade war shock LIVE 12:30 AEST

In today’s investment webinar (LIVE 12:30pm AEST), MB Fund’s Head of Investments Damien Klassen, Chief Strategist David Llewellyn-Smith, and Head of Operations Tim Fuller cover “Trump reignites Trade war after U.S. Coronavirus woes”. Trump’s appalling mismanagement of the virus means blame must be deflected to China if his polling falls. On Wednesday Trump said he

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MB Fund Podcast: Is AUD a Coronavirus safe haven?

It was the absolute whipping boy of the crisis. Now it’s the superstar of the markets rebound. Is the AUD now a safe haven of the Coronavirus crisis? On the agenda, we discuss the rebound and and the drivers of AUD to investigate further. Drivers covered will include: 1. global and Australian growth (or, more

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MB Fund Podcast: Is AUD a Coronavirus safe haven? LIVE 12:30pm AEDT

In today’s investment webinar (LIVE 12:30pm AEST), MB Fund’s Head of Investments Damien Klassen, Chief Strategist David Llewellyn-Smith, and Head of Operations Tim Fuller cover “IS AUD a Coronavirus safe haven?”. It was the absolute whipping boy of the crisis. Now it’s the superstar of the markets rebound. Is the AUD now a safe haven

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MB Fund March performance on top of the world

Chant West finally released its returns for superannuation funds for last month. Our growth fund smashed the median fund by 9.4% in March, courtesy of our aggressive move out of shares at the end of January. Our other funds also considerably outperformed their benchmarks.   Unlisted Assets And those results don’t include the “massaging” of unlisted asset

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Why hold government bonds if the yields are so low?

One of our most frequent investor questions is around our government bond holdings and the unique risks that low-interest rates present. Government (as opposed to corporate) bonds are typically a low-risk investment. However, there plenty of doomsayers for the government bond market calling for a bond Armageddon.  And the doomsayers are (technically) correct that if

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MB Fund Podcast: Australian Property Catches Coronavirus, with Catherine Cashmore (updated: Podcast now available)

Australian Property has caught Coronavirus: The strong rebound in Australian property values has come to a shuddering halt with the Coronavirus lockdown. Auction clearance rates and buyer sentiment have collapsed, unemployment is surging, and mortgage availability is tightening. All of which points to heavy declines in Australian dwelling values. In today’s webinar MB Fund’s Head

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MB Fund Podcast: Australian Property Catches Coronavirus, with Catherine Cashmore. LIVE 12:30 AEST

In today’s investment webinar (LIVE 12:30pm AEST), MB Fund’s Head of Investments Damien Klassen, Chief Economist Leith Van Onselen, Head of Operations Tim Fuller and Property Buyers Advocate Catherine Cashmore, cover “Australian Property Catches Coronavirus”. The strong rebound in Australian property values has come to a shuddering halt with the Coronavirus lockdown. Auction clearance rates

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MB Fund Podcast: The Long and Short of investing during the Coronavirus pandemic, with John Deniz

What’s our view of Long and Short investing during the Coronavirus Pandemic? In today’s webinar Nucleus Wealth’s Head of Investments Damien Klassen, Chief Strategist David Llewellyn-Smith, Head of Operations Tim Fuller and Chief Investment Officer of Paragon Funds, John Deniz, to address this question. Apologies for John’s low audio levels. We’ve amplified him in the

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MB Fund Podcast: The Long and Short of investing during the Coronavirus pandemic, with John Deniz. LIVE 12:30 AEST

In today’s investment webinar (LIVE 12:30pm AEST), MB Fund’s Head of Investments Damien Klassen, Chief Strategist David Llewellyn-Smith, Head of Operations Tim Fuller and Chief Investment Officer of Paragon Funds, John Deniz, discuss “The Long and Short investing during the Coronavirus Pandemic”. Topics on the agenda include a macro look at the economy, the values

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MB Fund Podcast: Is it time to re-enter the world stock market?

Is it time to re-enter the world stock market? In today’s webinar MB Fund’s Head of Investments Damien Klassen, Chief Strategist David Llewellyn-Smith and Tim Fuller address the question on everyone’s mind Topics on the agenda include a summary of the current issues facing worldwide economies and markets, Coronavirus just being the pin popping the

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MB Fund March 2020 performance: When the music stops

March was one of the worst months ever for stock markets. As discussed in our January and February reports, our portfolios were positioned for this outcome. Given we can only hold blue-chip liquid assets with no shorting or derivatives, our performance was as good as we could have hoped: Our tactical funds ranged from down

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MB Fund Podcast: Will Coronavirus collapse the Australian Property market? With Martin North

*Audio issues are resolved and edited out, apologies for those listening live who had to put up with those first few minutes.* Will Coronavirus collapse the Australian Property market? Martin North of Digital Finance Analytics joins the podcast to discuss what his mortgage stress consumer surveys are showing. Mortgage stress has jumped alarmingly this month,

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MB Fund Podcast: Will Coronavirus collapse the Australian Property market? With Martin North. LIVE 12:30 AEDT

In today’s investment webinar (live 12:30 aedt), hear from MB Fund’s Head of Investment Damien Klassen, Tim Fuller and Principal of Digital Finance Analytics Martin North, as they cover “Will Coronavirus collapse the Australian Property market?” Will Coronavirus collapse the Australian Property market? Martin North joins the podcast to discuss what his mortgage stress consumer

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MB Fund Podcast: Trading the virus with Marcus Today

A second episode this week! Topics on the agenda today; how Marcus Today & Nucleus Wealth have performed thus far throughout the Coronavirus Crash, Marcus’ unique investment perspective, the impact (or lack thereof) of interest rate drops to the market, Trump’s obsession with the stock market, if there will be structural changes in Australia after

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MB Fund Podcast: The New Credit Ice Age

Today we look at the at the credit fallout of Coronavirus. What is the nature of this financial crisis? Is it over or does it have further to run? What is the role of banks and central banks? What are the implications for assets? All of these questions and more answered today by MB Fund’s

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Performance fees: Paying more doesn’t make your fund manager smarter

I don’t think performance fees help. Actually, I suspect performance fees probably do more harm than good.  Reason 1: Work smarter not harder First, it is tough to incentivise people to be smarter. Numerous studies have shown that while bonuses make people work harder at simple tasks, they don’t make people smarter. Some even argue it makes people worse at

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MB Fund smashes the competition

Chant West released its returns for superannuation funds for last month and a preview of the March massacre. Our funds beat the benchmarks by up to 3.7% in February. In March returns to date our funds look to be beating benchmarks by closer to 10%.  We moved decisively into international cash and bonds at the

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MB Fund Podcast: Coronavirus Brings Feast to Distressed Debt Market w Jonathon Rochford

In today’s webinar, hear from MB Fund’s Head of Investment Damien Klassen, Tim Fuller and Jonathon Rochford of distressed debt lender Narrow Road Capital as they cover “Coronavirus Brings Feast to Distressed Debt Market” Topics include: corporate debt markets – how locked up are they and what will clear them, what Jonathan is seeing in

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MB Fund Podcast: Coronavirus Brings Feast to Distressed Debt Market with Jonathon Rochford LIVE TODAY 12:30 AEDT

In today’s webinar (live 12:30 aedt), hear from MB Fund’s Head of Investment Damien Klassen, Chief Strategist David Llewellyn Smith, Tim Fuller and Jonathon Rochford of distressed debt lender Narrow Road Capital as they cover “Coronavirus Brings Feast to Distressed Debt Market” On the agenda today: (a) corporate debt markets – how locked up are