Technology and Innovation

Chris Rands. portfolio manager, fixed income Nikko Asset Management

Innovation is all around us and its effects are pervasive. In this Market Update series, Chris Rands from Nikko Asset Management discusses the impact of innovation now and in the future, how it’s affecting fixed income and inflation, and why we need to rethink sources of income and returns with regards to this.


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What you'll learn /

The Nikko AM Market Update course with Chris Rands will give you insights into:

The current state of fixed income
The impact of innovation
Why you should be on the look-out for signs of inflation
Investment opportunities stemming from innovation

About the expert /

Chris Rands /

portfolio manager, fixed income Nikko Asset Management

Chris Rands joined Nikko Asset Management in 2011 and is responsible for portfolio management, including portfolio construction and trading for various Australian fixed income portfolios. Prior to becoming a portfolio manager, Chris was a credit analyst, as well managing the daily cash flows and all cash investments.

Chris has six years of experience in the fixed income market and previously worked as an associate analyst at Moody's Investors Service.

  • CPD hours0.5
  • Knowledge AreaGeneric Knowledge
  • TypeMarket Update
  • PriceFree
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Outline of the course /

The Impact of Innovation

Innovation in Asia and across the globe has had a profound effect on what we’re seeing in Australia. As new technologies like Uber and self-serve checkouts continue to displace low income workers and keep wages depressed, the impact is felt across the broader economy as consumer spending drops off. However, as Chris Rands explains, innovation also brings with it pockets of opportunity; it’s just a matter of knowing where to look.

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The State of Fixed Income

As long as interest rates remain low fixed income returns are likely to be well supported, but this doesn’t mean you shouldn’t prepare for what will happen when rates rise. Chris Rands explains why you need to be on the look-out for signs of inflation and what kind of impact this could have on your clients’ portfolios.

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Opportunities in Innovation

As China and India continue to grow this presents a huge opportunity for Australia to service this expanding middle class population. However, as Chris Rands explains, in order to do so successfully we need to broaden our thinking and innovate our offerings to ensure we are able to tap into opportunities beyond the commodities space.

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