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Industry insight: Nathan Walsh, nabtrade
Financial Review, 23-Jul-14
If there’s one simple lesson investors can take away from the 2014 FIFA World Cup, it’s that the home team doesn’t always win.
Before the planet’s biggest sporting event began, a loud chorus of commentators had projected a sixth World Cup victory for Brazil. This forecast home team advantage was even cheered on by global polls of economists, analysts and investment banks. Yet the German juggernaut surprised, crushing the dreams, hopes and expectations of many following its extraordinary triumph over Brazil and then Argentina.
In an investing context, the same lesson holds true. For a long time, SMSF trustees and other Australian retail investors have backed the “home team” within their portfolios – particularly Australian shares and cash. These asset classes dominate SMSF portfolios – at over 60 per cent of the nearly $560 billion in SMSF net assets. This is a much higher proportion than other sectors of superannuation, which have significantly higher allocations to bonds, global shares and alternative investments.
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