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... Read more

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... Read more

CPD: Cold War 2.0 and its implications for global markets

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Bill Priest, CEO, co-CIO and portfolio manager of Epoch Investment Partners (Epoch) recently visited Australia to share Epoch’s world view with financial advisers and in particular, the potential impact of Cold War 2.0 on investment markets. In this article, GSFM shares Bill’s insights, gleaned from an investment career spanning more than 45 years, and discusses... Read more

CPD: Growing your advice practice

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There is increasing commentary about the need for financial advice firms to grow in order to survive. This question of growth is starting to reappear post an elongated period of consternation and consolidation in our profession. This article, sponsored by Insight Investment, will explore the two means traditionally used to grow financial advice practices –... Read more

CPD: Retirees abroad and the Age Pension

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Les and Lynne are both aged 67; they retired one year ago and have been receiving a portion of their Age Pension from Centrelink to supplement their income. Les and Lyn are enjoying retirement! In January 2020, they will head overseas for about 12 months to travel the world.  While they’re away, they will rent... Read more

CPD: Walk a mile in your client’s shoes

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Australian insurance literacy is low by world standards. Australians who receive financial advice are more likely to have better literacy levels and a better understanding of their own position. In this article, Zurich explores the need for advice and provides some strategies for articulating your value to clients. The need for risk advice There’s a... Read more

CPD: Negative bond yields – What does it mean, and what’s the end game?

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Since the beginning of this year, financial markets and expectations have turned decidedly bearish. Concerns about a Sino-US trade war, along with the so-called ‘inversion’ of the US yield curve, have heightened apprehension of a US-led recession. This is highlighted by the recent increase in negative-yielding bonds. As per the chart below, the amount of... Read more

CPD: Aussie QE may be coming, but it will probably do nothing

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Over the past 18 months, the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) has changed tack from “the next move in interest rates is up” [i] to a dovish bias. So much so, that this year they have cut the official cash rate from 1.5% to 0.75% (at the time of writing), with potentially more to come.... Read more

CPD: Too Lowe for zero?

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October saw the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) cut interest rates to 0.75%, the third cash rate cut in only five months. The last time we saw the RBA move this quickly was 2011/2012; approximately 12 months after it completed its 2010 hiking cycle in the midst of the European debt crisis.     In... Read more

CPD: Ethics and financial abuse – responsibilities and strategies for financial advisers

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It’s hard to imagine, but statistics show up to 10 per cent of older Australians experience elder abuse. This may be financial, legal, emotional, physical or plain neglect. Sadly, much of this abuse hidden in families, where the majority of perpetrators lurk, and victims don’t know how to stop it. Financial abuse of elders is... Read more