Joust market-place eliminates the mortgage broker ‘middleman’ role

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Joust, an Adelaide based fintech that brings competitive tension to the home loan market by linking borrowers directly with over 20 lenders who compete against each other in real-time, has launched an equity crowdfunding campaign to raise $2 million. The Joust platform brings disruption to the $1.7 trillion home loan mortgage market where $2 billion […]

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CPD: Emerging markets and infrastructure – a natural partnership

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Emerging market (EM) economies are expected to grow rapidly over the next 30 years, attracting huge infrastructure investment. EMs and infrastructure are natural, complementary investment partners. Rapidly growing EM economies need infrastructure investment to both facilitate and sustain growth. Equally, these assets perform at their best in expanding economies, where robust domestic demand growth drives […]

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CPD: Global small caps do some heavy lifting

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Australian investors and financial advisers have long understood the benefits of adding Australian small cap funds to a diversified portfolio. Those same benefits apply to global small caps – and on a much larger scale given the huge opportunity set – yet few portfolios have an exposure to this asset class. In this article, Grant […]

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10 ways to protect your SMSF from loss of mental capacity

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If you have a self-managed superannuation fund (SMSF), you need to plan ahead to ensure that it can still keep going if you lost mental capacity due to dementia (or other reasons such as suffering a stroke). Otherwise the fund’s assets and operations could be frozen, resulting in losses from being unable to buy or […]

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TAL equips advisers to better understand diabetes

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TAL, a leading Australian life insurance specialist, has developed an education course enabling financial advisers to get the best outcomes for clients who are at risk of, or faced with, diabetes. Similar to TAL’s cancer education course, the diabetes course is run through TAL’s industry-leading Risk Academy and presented by TAL’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr Priya Chagan. […]

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How do rising rates affect fixed-rate bond returns?

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Assuming an easing in current global trade war concerns, it still seems likely that global long-term bond yields will rise rather than fall somewhat over the next year or so. This note examines the likely impact on fixed-income bond returns, and the degree to which the prospect of higher rates can already be “priced” into […]

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Digital graveyard complicates estate planning

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With a myriad of statisticians now trying their hand at calculating when Facebook will have more dead “memorialised” members, than living ones, planning for the ownership of digital assets in your Will has never been more relevant, says Anna Hacker, national manager estate planning with Australian Unity Trustees. “Possible years that have been mooted for […]

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Legislative change in aged care requires advisers to have access to the right tools

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Legislation is subject to constant change and new opportunities arise as a result. Even changes that are not directly related to aged care could create new strategy options for aged care. “Many clients moving into residential care may decide to sell their homes. The 1 July change to superannuation contribution rules provide an opportunity for […]

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Beware the dividend honeypot—the lesson of Telstra

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Shareholders burnt by Telstra’s dividend cut and spiralling share price should be wary of high yield shares with attractive dividends but shaky fundamentals. Telstra sparked an exodus of investors after announcing a cut in its dividend from 15.5c per share to 11c, with the challenges facing Australia’s major telco suddenly made palpable to mum and […]

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CPD: Retail and residential population growth – the impact of demographics on real estate

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Demographics really matter! The study of populations, how and where people move, is integral to real estate. Very little can stop the effect of demographics on the economy – it is the slow-moving beast that influences demand and thus resource allocation. At Quay, we keep a close eye on demographic changes across the world to […]

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