Revisiting asset allocation for the new normal

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Investors may need to revisit their traditional balanced’ investment option in coming years, as the market cycle turns and overall returns reduce, says Jonathan Philpot, wealth management partner at HLB Mann Judd. “The ‘balanced’ default asset allocation option is the way many people are invested in superannuation.  Typically this is an asset allocation of 70 […]

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Non-bank lenders to provide a greater share

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One of the hallmarks of the Australian corporate lending market has been the bank dominance of the sector, with the domestic banks currently holding around 70% market share. Due to the large balance sheet capacity and accompanying capital required to operate in the market, barriers to entry are significant. However, Andrew Lockhart, Managing Partner at […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Ongoing US-Iran tension could boost energy stocks despite lacklustre global outlook

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Financial markets’ quick recovery following US-Iran tensions may be short lived and punish investor returns, though a renewal of tensions could increase the appeal of energy stocks. Principal Global Investors Chief Strategist Seema Shah said: “While geopolitics are difficult to predict at the best of times and both sides have reason to avoid further turmoil, […]

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Local stocks and broad-based international ETFs the most traded securities among Aussie investors in 2019

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For Australian investors, this past year’s returns in global equities have been much higher than even their wildest hopes as the S&P 500 surged 29 per cent in US dollar terms, marking its best year since 2013. Looking back at a very positive year for investors, Saxo Markets announces the most traded individual stocks and ETFs […]

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Global equity outlook 2020

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Focusing on Future Quality through the noise By the end of last year it looked like a combination of central bank policy error and political uncertainty was about to end a decade-long bull market in global equities. That combination was certainly enough to stop Santa delivering his traditional year-end rally in 2018. As we approach […]

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2020 will be another testing year for businesses seeking insurance cover

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Honan Insurance Group’s (Honan) December 2019 Quarterly Market Update has been released and the report foresees 2020 as another year that will again test businesses seeking insurance cover said Travis Wendt, Honan’s Head of Broking & Carrier Management. Commenting further, Travis Wendt said top line premium growth will continue to take a back seat as the market maintains […]

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Do you have the Will to cope with the ‘roaring 20s’?

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Not just a new year, but a new decade has arrived – the new ‘roaring 20s’ – but can your Will cope with the decade ahead? “If you think about all the things that changed for you and your family over the past decade, you quickly see that your world could look very different by […]

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New whitepaper benchmarks the cost of life insurance advice

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A new MLC Life Insurance commissioned whitepaper into the cost and efficiency of life insurance advice reveals risk advisers must examine their cost base to be sustainable in a reduced commission environment. With maximum upfront commissions decreasing to 60% (plus GST) for new life insurance policies from 1 January 2020 as part of the Life […]

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