CPD: Portfolio governance frameworks

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Financial advice practices face a myriad of decisions every day. One of the more important decisions is whether to insource or outsource portfolio construction at a financial planning practice level. While on the surface it may seem a reasonably simple binary decision, a significant amount of effort and expertise is required to get to the […]

CPD: Neo-chartalists or neocharlatans? A dive into Modern Monetary Theory

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A small revolution is brewing in the world of macroeconomics. It’s an idea that counts a Democratic socialist presidential candidate and a hedge fund manager among its adherents. The economics team at Payden & Rygel, manager of GSFM’s Payden Global Income Opportunities Fund, write about Modern Monetary Theory, popularly known as MMT. The team breaks […]

CPD: The role of the Centrelink PLS in addressing Australia’s retirement funding challenge

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Australia’s retirement income policy has been traditionally framed as having three pillars: superannuation, non-superannuation savings and the Age Pension. However, for many Australian baby boomers these three pillars provide inadequate resources to fund 25+ years of retirement. Will the government’s revamp of its Centrelink Pension Loans Scheme (PLS) fill the void? Household Capital discusses the […]

CPD: Insurance and business succession planning

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A Business Succession Plan is a strategy for the smooth and orderly handover of a business from one owner/manager to another in particular circumstances, such as the planned or unplanned departure of one partner from the business. This article from Zurich examines the importance of both a sound succession plan and having the appropriate insurance […]

CPD: Where profits come from, and the vulnerabilities in Australian corporate earnings

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Key points Equity investors rejoiced in June as the Fed signaled it may cut interest rates – but interest rates do not drive long run equity performance. Profits do. While the Fed gets a lot of credit for the US bull equity run, the reality is that market performance has been supported by a near […]

CPD: Estate planning and insurance

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Improving the financial outlook for the family is the key driver for most Australians, yet many fail to fortify that legacy through sound estate planning and adequate insurance. In this article, Zurich examines the importance of estate planning and within that, the role played by insurance, the funding mechanism for a comprehensive estate plan. The […]

CPD: A conservative government, falling interest rates, and new APRA lending guidelines; what now for residential property?

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The RBA recently cut its official interest rate by 25 basis points to a record low of 1.25%. Along with the recent win by the conservative government (that campaigned on maintaining tax concessions for property investors), there is now a growing expectation that the recent decline in residential prices will end – with some commentators […]

CPD: Back from the brink

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While the US is ‘back from the brink’ and markets have returned to positive territory in 2019, this cycle is well into its late innings. As discussed in this article from GSFM’s investment partner, Epoch Investment Partners, written by CEO and co-CIO Bill Priest, there are three reasons to maintain a cautious investment stance. The […]

CPD: The fourth pillar of retirement funding

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Australia’s retirement income policy has been traditionally framed as having three pillars: superannuation, non-superannuation savings and the Age Pension. However, for many Australian baby boomers these three pillars provide inadequate resources to fund 25+ years of retirement. Household Capital explains why it’s now time to include the fourth, and largest, pillar of retirement funding – […]

CPD: Ethics and self-managed super funds

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Since the official introduction of self-managed superannuation funds (SMSFs) in 1999, they have become a significant part of Australia’s $2.6 trillion[1] superannuation sector. At the end of 2018, with assets worth $728 billion, SMSFs represented 27 percent of the total super sector. Bound by an array of rules and regulations, this article, sponsored by GSFM […]