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AI to replace human insurance staff

9 January 2017

ABC News: they never take days off and never strike — artificial intelligence is set to replace more than 30 human workers at a Japanese insurance firm. More>

2016 bad year for stock picking

9 January 2017

CNBC/Yahoo Finance: 2016 was a terrible year for stock picking, and 2017 may not get much better. Professional stock pickers just wrapped up one of their worst years ever, and the look ahead doesn't seem a whole lot better.  More>

Despite odds, investors never tire of predictions

9 January 2017

Seeking Alpha: Despite the long odds, investors never tire of predictions. But we are far better served using our experience to guide our actions.   More>

Asia valuations cheap

6 January 2017

Over the longer term, investors Asia should focus on the execution of various structural reform agendas, Fidelity International says in its 2017 Asia Pacific ex-Japan Equities Outlook. More>

Bond fund duration and rate sensitivity

6 January 2017

Over the last year, Morningstar has found that bond funds were less sensitive to rates than their reported durations would suggest. It says that bond fund duration may overstate rate sensitivity. More>

6 traits of the best indexes

6 January 2017

Morningstar: Finding an index that scores well across these six dimensions can help investors choose among seemingly similar funds. More>

Breast cancer: tattoos and other treatments

6 January 2017

Russell Hutchinson asks insurers if they cover temporary/permanent tattoos and prophylactic treatment for breast cancer claims.  More>

UK pension transfer surge

6 January 2017

FTAdviser: Advisers in the UK have reported a 21 per cent surge in inquiries from people looking to move their UK defined benefit pensions overseas ahead of the imminent triggering of Article 50. More>

Economics of caring paper released

4 January 2017

University of Auckland Business School: The Retirement Policy and Research Centre has published a Working Paper by Claire Dale on ‘Ageing and the economics of caring’. More>

International funds conquer concerns in 2016

4 January 2017

Morningstar: This year was a mirror image of 2015 for non-U.S. stock funds in terms of performance, according to preliminary returns. Worries, however, included terrorism, political turmoil in both the Western and Eastern hemispheres, and currency volatility. More>