The best performing shares over the past 20 years

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In these current uncertain times, investors are opting to leave more of their funds in cash rather than shares. However the fact remains that shares have out-performed all asset classes over the past 20 years. Since October 1991 total returns on Aussie shares have grown by 433 per cent or 22 per cent per annum. […]

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PFA says Portfolio Theory needs to be revised in relation to property exposure

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The Property Funds Association (PFA) has released data that suggests that current portfolio allocation theory needs to be revised to better address the current volatile market.  In the current market, Retirees are becoming increasingly concerned with the substantial and sharp reduction in their capital base, which is primarily the result of  exposure to highly liquid […]

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CommSec Chart Pack

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Financial markets have been volatile over recent weeks. And sometimes it pays to sit back and look at the bigger picture – whether it be a matter of weeks, months or years. Attached is a collection of charts covering sharemarkets, interest rates, currency markets and commodity markets provided by CommSec.

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PIMCO holds second Retirement Income Forum

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Institutional super funds should consider offering longevity risk solutions to retain members and address one of the most complex and challenging risks retirees face, according to attendees at a recent Retirement Income Forum (RIF) convened by leading bond fund manager PIMCO. The forum, held in Melbourne and Sydney, was the second in the RIF series […]

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Mega trends for investors

The day-to-day noise surrounding investment markets can be very distracting, making it hard for investors to see the wood for the trees. This is particularly the case with the Global Financial Crisis and its aftershocks continuing to roil markets at a time when investors are getting bombarded by more and more conflicting information flows. As […]

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Australian ERM ranks well by global standards

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Australian organisations benchmark well against global peers for Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) practices and management of risk culture, but, despite that, only half have embedded a risk culture into their organisation, a survey has revealed. The Institute of Actuaries of Australia ERM survey was released at the Institute’s 2011 ERM Seminar. “Continuing global financial market […]

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A Greek drama and a gold disconnect

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Greek debt has been an increasing global concern. Those countries holding significant amounts of this debt, notably France and Germany, face the prospect of Greece failing to repay them.  Greece has only 2% of Eurozone GDP and 3% of its debt, but its significance is as a member of a group of economic laggards known […]

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Threadneedle US equities update

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US market sentiment has been dominated by macroeconomic and political factors recently.  Investor concerns about European sovereign debt and political inertia on both sides of the Atlantic have damaged risk appetite. Meanwhile, an apparent slowdown in economic activity in the US and elsewhere has led to downgrades in corporate earnings expectations. Injections of liquidity into […]

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Russell: China & India equity market valuations now offer attractive entry point

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The global slump in equity markets, which continues to cheapen regional stocks, has provided investors with an attractive case to buy equities in two of the region’s most contentious markets, China and India, according to Andrew Pease, Russell Investment’s Chief Investment Strategist Asia-Pacific and author of the latest Asia Market Commentary. According to the report, […]

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Centuria supports disclosure benchmarks for unlisted property

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Centuria Property Funds has supported ASIC’s initiative to improve disclosure in the unlisted property sector with the property group leading the industry in implementing internal benchmarks to protect the rights of its investors. The ASIC Consultation Paper 163: Unlisted Property Schemes sets out eight benchmarks to improve the level, comparability and consistency of disclosure for […]

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