CPD: Picking winners

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During a recent national roadshow, Nick Griffin, CIO of Munro Partners, explained that when it comes to investing, there are always lots of losers and just a few winners. This article examines how the S-curve of a company or industry can help to identify winners. It also examines the sector likely to produce tomorrow’s winners […]

CPD: Risky business – Australia’s underinsurance problem

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Although it’s well documented that many Australians are not insured, particularly when it comes to covering life and traumatic events, the 2019-2020 summer has brutally highlighted the underinsurance problem – that is, when people think they are adequately insured but a dire turn of events proves them wrong. This article, sponsored by Zurich Australia, examines […]

CPD: The changing nature of work in Australia, implications for advisers and the broader protection ecosystem

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Introduction As professional service providers, it is vital (and legally required!) for financial advisers to understand each of their clients at a highly detailed micro level. This detailed understanding – of their current situation and future goals – is an enabler of quality, personalised financial advice. As business owners, seeking to maximise the sustainability of […]

CPD: 5 big questions the RBA needs to answer in 2020

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After extremely strong fixed income returns in 2019, the interest rate outlook for 2020 is far more sanguine as the odds of continued interest rate cuts from the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) looks lower than last year. Furthermore when interest rates make moves in the magnitude of last year, they are rarely followed in […]

CPD: The hunt for yield can lead to risky territories

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With interest rates hovering around historical lows globally, investor appetite for alternative income sources has markedly increased. In the current environment uncertainty is writ large; challenges come at investors from all angles – global and domestic, as well as longer term structural challenges. In this article, Damien McIntyre, CEO of GSFM Pty Ltd, discusses where […]

CPD: Chaos theory – how APRA’s Disability Income Proposals and the Best Interests Duty are connected

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Introduction “Does the flap of a butterfly’s wings in Brazil set off a tornado in Texas?” This was the question posed by Edward Lorenz[1], an American meteorologist and a pioneer of chaos theory who coined the term ‘butterfly effect’. For those of us observing and/or involved in the post-Hayne life insurance sector – where the […]

CPD: Ethical obligations in a financial advice practice

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On 1 January 2020, FASEA’s code of ethics became enforceable by law, requiring advisers to comply with its 12 detailed standards. Each standard is explored in detail in FASEA’s guidance. This article, sponsored by GSFM, examines the implications of this in practice and explores ways to ensure your practice and all who work within it […]

CPD: Which beta is better?

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Infrastructure investing is increasingly popular within retirement savings plans and it’s easy to understand why. An allocation to infrastructure can potentially deliver lower volatility and a higher dividend yield than global equities, and a diversifying addition to a multi-asset class portfolio. In this article Ganesh Suntharam, CIO and Senior Portfolio Manager with GSFM’s newest investment […]

CPD: 30 years of investment lessons from Japan, and the implications for real estate

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Imagine a person of prime working age (~40 years old) seeking investment advice for long-term financial security, and ultimately, a comfortable retirement. The potential investment advice may look something like this: Invest in long-term growth assets, like equities Avoid currency risk and favour domestic asset allocation Choose a low-cost index fund Don’t look at the […]

CPD: Quantitative investment delivers positive investor outcomes

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The essence of a quantitative investment approach is straight-forward: it is the utilisation of rational economic and fundamental investment insights in a disciplined and consistent fashion. In this article from GSFM’s investment partner Redpoint Investment Management, CEO Max Cappetta examines the merits of a quantitative investment approach and discusses the benefits of such an approach […]