In the AI age, active managers making smart human decisions will win

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Summary One of the pleasures of getting older is that you start to have proper grown-up conversations with your children. Recently, one of my daughters started her first job, which was pleasing from her perspective and, for me, a clear improvement in the household finances! She commenced a role in investment management, and the chats […]

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SMEs unprepared for business interruption, MetLife report finds

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Over a third of small to medium enterprises (SMEs) do not have a succession plan in place and almost half say their business would only be able to operate for up to a year if they were unable to work, according to a new report by life insurance company, MetLife Australia. The MetLife Adviser-Client Relationship […]

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Debt ridden estates can cause challenges for executors

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Managing the debts in deceased estates is an increasingly complicated area for executors and family members to deal with, and it is important they are aware of their responsibilities and rights, says Anna Hacker, Wills & Estates Accredited Specialist at Australian Unity Trustees. “In the past, it was fairly common for people, particularly elderly people, to […]

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Diversification fuels continued cash flow: ETF investors undeterred by market volatility

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The Australian ETF market attracted $1.8 billion in new cash flows in the third quarter of 2018, the highest quarterly cash flows for the year to date, according to Vanguard’s September quarter ETF report. Overall ETF industry AUM grew $3.4 billion over the quarter to just over $42 billion. For the year to 30 September, international […]

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When gifting your estate, why stop at grandchildren?

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Just how many generations of your descendants should you consider in your Will and is there an easy way to do it? No one has ever said that to me before. My client had just remarked: “I expect to live to be one hundred”. He was deadly serious. That may not have come as a […]

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Work test exempt contributions (aka ‘last drinks contributions’) details now released

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In the 2018 May Budget, the Government announced the proposal to allow individuals who are recent retirees and who have attained age 65, to make last chance voluntary contributions by providing a one year exemption from the work test. This proposal will apply from 1 July 2019 to the 2019/20 and subsequent financial years. As […]

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Voluntary super contributions ease

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Voluntary superannuation contributions have eased slightly after approaching record highs as super members appeared to take a breather after riding the bull market of recent years. The latest data from superannuation research house SuperRatings reveals the average voluntary contribution over the course of the 2017 financial year was $1,054. This was a 10 percent decline […]

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CPD: Global themes in a tech driven world

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In a recent series of presentations to advisers in Australia, industry veteran Epoch’s CEO and co-CIO Bill Priest, discussed the new world order, in which bits replace atoms, tech is the new macro and companies need to evolve to stay relevant. Global businesses have arguably entered a period of unprecedented innovation and disruption, one where […]

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Over $5m in super released for first home buyers scheme

In the period from 1 July 2018 to 6 August 2018 taxpayers have made 1,449 requests to the ATO under the first home super saver scheme, FHSS. These are called FHSS Determinations to enquire as to the amount which can be currently released under the scheme. Requesting an FHSS Determination does not amount to a […]

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Vanguard expands ETF line-up offering low cost access to International Infrastructure and Global Small Companies

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Vanguard Australia has announced the upcoming launch of two new exchange traded funds (ETFs), offering investors exposure to International Small Companies and Global Listed Infrastructure, and further building out the firm’s range of broadly diversified low-cost ETFs. The Vanguard Global Infrastructure Index ETF (ASX:VBLD) and the Vanguard MSCI International Small Companies Index ETF (ASX:VISM), will […]

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