CIO Insights: Bonds perform for portfolios in the final quarter of 2018

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In 2018, many Australian investors missed a cornerstone defensive allocation that diversified risk when the rest of portfolios struggled. According to Bloomberg, major global equity markets returned -6% to -25%, global aggregate credit -3%, global inflation-linked credit -4%, and global high yield -4%. Government bonds? US treasuries +0.9% and Australian Government bonds a healthy +5.1% return in […]

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Get your paperwork in order for 2019 and your family will thank you

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The annual new year clean out and declutter is well under way – and Australia’s leading specialist trustee company Equity Trustees is recommending that everyone includes a tidy-up of some key paperwork in the process. “With 130 years’ experience of managing people’s estates and estate planning, we can say for sure that getting your Will […]

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Australian ETF market grows amid challenging investment environment

Australians have over $40 billion of their savings invested in exchange traded funds (ETFs) according to the latest figures released by the Australian Stock Exchange (ASX). While volatile markets resulted in a slight decrease in total ETF funds under management through the fourth quarter of 2018, inflows across the calendar year saw the market grow […]

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Fund members to take centre stage in 2019

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2019 is set to be a year of significant technical, strategic, and regulatory change for the Australian superannuation and insurance sectors, with long-term implications for all stakeholders in these industries, according to Wendy Colaço, principal consultant at independent consulting firm QMV. QMV has identified four key trends that will dominate the financial services landscape in […]

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CPD: The resilience of dividends in volatile markets

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With interest rates around the world hovering around historical lows, investor appetite for alternative income sources, particularly dividends, has increased markedly. Although some investors might be fearful of dividends being affected by market volatility, history tells us that dividends are, in fact, remarkably resilient in volatile markets. In this article, Grant Samuel Funds Management looks […]

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CPD: Will the US yield curve invert?

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And what will that tell us about the economy, equities and real estate? It’s been 10 years since the global financial crisis tore through markets in the months surrounding the collapse of Lehman Brothers in October 2008. While the tussle between the bulls and bears is always ongoing, in the time since it has been […]

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CPD: The cost of care – part 2 – mental health

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In analysing common methodologies used across the life insurance advice sector, we were able to identify a missing link that could help advice be more tailored and personalised. The Cost of Care whitepaper is an industry first, bringing together detailed research across the broad spectrum of injury and disease. Across three articles, we will delve […]

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Take action early to manage aged care needs

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For many people, going into aged care is not a choice but something that is forced onto them; however there are steps they and their families can take to help make sure they end up with the right care, says Melinda Measday, wealth management director at HLB Mann Judd Sydney. “Most Australians would choose not […]

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What happens to a testator’s Will after divorce?

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Going through a divorce may upset the best laid out estate plans by partially or completely revoking a couple’s Wills. Jennifer and Thomas were married for 5 years before Jennifer filed for divorce earlier this year. They have 2 children under the age of 10 and previously executed a Will appointing each other as the […]

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CPD: Have we learned the lessons of the GFC?

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Brad Boyd, senior vice president with fixed income specialist Payden & Rygel, was in Australia recently and shared a range of insights with advisers around the country. In this article, Grant Samuel Funds Management shares some of those insights; a retrospective look at bond markets and economies before the Global Financial Crisis (GFC), what’s happened […]

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