Investors need to keep sharp eye on commercial property opportunities

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The beginning of a recovery in residential property prices should not deflect investors or self-managed super funds (SMSF) trustees from considering the long-term benefits of investing in commercial property, says Jonathan Street, CEO of the specialist commercial property lender, Thinktank. “Falling residential property prices over the past couple of years has been a good reminder […]

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Good financial returns may be hard to find

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“Intensified trade tensions and disappointment with interest rate cuts by the Fed could provoke a relapse in equity markets.” That’s the view of Principal Global Investors Chief Global Economist, Dr Bob Baur. Writing in his July monthly economic notes, Dr Baur argued that even if world growth picks up as expected, good financial returns might […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Strong returns for Australian investors in responsible & ethical funds

Responsible investment funds are continuing to outperform most mainstream Australian and international funds, according to the latest Benchmark Report issued by the Responsible Investment Association of Australasia (RIAA). With data compiled by KPMG, the 18th annual RIAA Benchmark Report highlights that investors in responsible funds are reaping financial rewards with higher than average returns across […]

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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 […]

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Why equities for income?

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Income is traditionally associated with term deposits and fixed income among more defensive assets, and with real estate and the traditional concept of high dividend shares among growth assets. In the last 20-years, there has been a fundamental change in the relationship between dividend yields and the cash rate, a proxy for short-term deposit rates (as shown below). The secular […]

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AFI bond managers strongly positioned to navigate unchartered territory

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In an environment where macroeconomic and geopolitical uncertainties have weighed heavily on investor sentiment, Australian Fixed Interest (AFI) bond managers have continued to demonstrate their resilience and produce strong risk-adjusted returns. For the 12 months to 30 April 2019, the median manager in Zenith’s AFI bonds sub-sector produced a net return of 7.2%, broadly keeping […]

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The nine most important things I have learned about investing over the past 35 years

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My nine most important lessons from investing over the past 35 years are that: there is always a cycle; the crowd gets it wrong at extremes; what you pay for an investment matters a lot; getting markets right is not as easy as you think; investment markets don’t learn; compound interest applied to investments is […]

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