Individual Investors

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With interest rates hikes causing global share prices to tumble, investors are searching for other options. One potential option is low volatility companies, which are companies with share prices that move up and down less than average. And indeed, low volatility indexes have outperformed the past six months in the United States, where interest rates have started to climb. Below we look at the top 5 US low volatility stocks. They each feature in the ETFS S&P 500 High Yield Low Volatility ETF (ASX Code: ZYUS). Lockheed Martin (NYSE:LMT) ...
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Investors are witnessing a decoupling of the relationship between gold’s fair value and US real yields, as concerns over the Ukraine war and high, persistent inflation prompt investors to put more emphasis on gold’s safe haven status. For over a decade, gold’s key price driver has been the real yield on 10-year US Treasuries, which defines the opportunity cost of holding the non-yielding asset. Other factors determining the gold price are its safe haven status during periods of political crisis and its value as a hedge against inflation. Gold is sensitive to rising interest rates, particularly US bond rates, which increase the opportunity cost of holding non-yielding bullion and put downward pressure on its price. But when investors focus on political or economic crises they will buy gold as a hedge, as they have been doing this year. ...
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