BlackRock 2019 Asia Investment Outlook

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BlackRock investment professionals have set out their investment outlook for 2019 on the Asian equities and credit markets. The year 2019 could be this year’s mirror image when risk assets declined as many countries faced external headwinds amid a strong backdrop for earnings and economic growth globally. The Asia Pacific region leads the emerging world […]

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Second straight monthly loss for super members as volatility becomes the new normal

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Super members have suffered their second straight month of negative returns and are now firmly in the red for the financial year as market volatility and political uncertainty weighs on market sentiment. Nonetheless, super members remain well ahead over the long term with $100,000 invested ten years ago in any number of funds still worth […]

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CPD: Investing for the long term – ‘future quality’ companies

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This paper discusses the belief that investing in ‘Future Quality’ companies will lead to outperformance over the long term. Drawing on academic evidence, it outlines the three fundamental concepts which underpin our definition of Future Quality investments Firstly, we look at value creation models within firms. This involves assessing the level of excess cash return […]

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CPD: Mobile adoption curve and 5G – a unique opportunity in global listed infrastructure investment

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Communications infrastructure, a sub-segment of the infrastructure asset class, is enjoying rapid growth driven by a huge expansion in data demand. For global listed infrastructure in particular, there is a unique opportunity to provide investor access to mobile wireless infrastructure companies across both developed and emerging markets. Their appeal comes from the strong infrastructure characteristics […]

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Australian ETF industry thriving despite sharemarket decline: BetaShares October 2018 Australian ETF Review 

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Australia’s ETF industry has recorded its highest ever trading value in October, with $3.9bn in value traded according to the BetaShares Australian ETF Review – October 2018. Dramatic sharemarket falls caused the Australian ETF industry to drop 3.2% in October (equating to $1.3B), lowering total FUM to $40.8bn. Impressively, however, net flows into the industry were […]

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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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