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Income dilemma

Capital may keep investors buoyant and on course in today’s choppy waters, says Rupert Elwes

1 August 2013

"I am living so far beyond my income that we may almost be said to be living apart" EE Cummings

The challenge of generating income from financial assets has increased dramatically over the last few years. It's an uncomfortable reality for investors who rely on income generated from their portfolios. Adjusting to this new 'normal' has been difficult for many individuals, providing both clients and investment managers with specific challenges.

The financial crisis was an extreme economic dislocation that permeated all levels of society and all industries across the globe. Central banks reacted in a massive and generally coordinated manner by initially slashing interest rates and then undertaking unconventional forms of monetary easing, principally via quantitative easing. The sheer scale of the reaction to the crisis by central banks may have a number of unintended consequences.

However, one intentional impact was to lower re...

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