145. Investing in robotic arms and Nike destination stores

David Coombs, manager of Rathbone Strategic Growth Portfolio, talks to us about a range of alternative investments and how you can make money from the volatility in emerging market currencies and interest rate expectations. He also talks about the idiosyncratic risk in music royalties, using Taylor Swift as an example, and tells us about investing in the entire retail value chain and the companies fighting back against Amazon.
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The manager of Rathbone Strategic Growth Portfolio focuses not only on returns, but also on risk and correlation. He uses a disciplined asset-allocation framework and a forward-looking assessment of correlation, risk and return, as the cornerstone of the investment process. Asset classes are then divided into three distinct categories – liquidity (those that can be bought and sold easily), equity risk and diversified.

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What’s covered in this podcast:

  • The outlook for equity markets in the second half of 2021 [0:11]
  • An explanation of an ‘emerging market FX momentum certificate’ and how it is used in a portfolio [3:05]
  • How Swiss pension fund buying creates pricing anomalies in the Swiss equity market [5:35]
  • How you can make money from the volatility in inflation rate expectations [6:22]
  • The manager’s views on alternative investments [7:02]
  • Why Taylor Swift’s re-recording of her first five albums highlights the idiosyncratic risk with music royalties [8:02]
  • Why the manager likes Nike and Shopify [9:51]
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