CPD: Global listed infrastructure – a growth engine for the next decade

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Infrastructure as an asset class is increasingly on the radar of investors and their advisers. Sarah Shaw, Chief Investment Officer and Global Portfolio Manager from 4D Infrastructure, a Bennelong boutique, examines the unique attributes that make infrastructure an asset class for all stages of the investment cycle; and why 4D remains optimistic about the prospects for […]

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Australia’s new sustainable finance initiative

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The leaders and senior executives of Australia’s major banks, superannuation funds, insurance companies, financial sector peak bodies, civil society and academia are coming together to set out a roadmap for realigning the finance sector to support greater social, environmental and economic outcomes for the country. The Australian Sustainable Finance Initiative has today been unveiled – […]

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Looking back, gazing forward

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On his recent trip to Australia we asked Danton Goei, 20-year veteran of Davis Advisors[1] and Portfolio Manager of the PAN-Tribal Global Equity Fund, to share his insights about what happened to global markets in 2018 and why he has a positive view about 2019. Q: Most investors and advisers are probably thinking – “what […]

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The cost of ‘sustainable’ super may not match performance

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Super members searching for a ‘sustainable’ investment fund are exposed to the same challenges as those in more traditional funds with the sector delivering a wide range of performance outcomes and charging a range of fees, according to new research on the sector by superannuation research house SuperRatings. The SuperRatings research reveals that the median […]

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We need to talk about mental health, says expert at MetLife discussion panel

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The financial services industry needs to have open conversations about mental health to reduce stigma, said an expert today at the MetLife Panel Discussion on Mental Health in the Workplace, and called on the industry to provide better training and resources for its leaders. Speaking before an audience of 90 leading financial services representatives, Margo […]

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Want to increase your borrowing power by $100K?

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Many first-home buyers just can’t quite afford the property they want in Sydney and Melbourne. People seeking to buy in the inner-city suburbs that are well serviced by public transport should think about ditching the car. “Maybe your car commitments are stopping your home aspirations. A relatively small car debt limits the extra capital that […]

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CPD: Economic outlook – cautiously constructive

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Late last month John Tobin, managing director and portfolio manager with Epoch Investment Partners, visited Australia. He came prepared to share Epoch’s macro outlook with financial advisers around the country, an outlook he summed up in two words – ‘cautiously constructive’. In this article, GSFM unpacks what this means and how advisers can best maintain […]

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Australia’s retirement funding challenge

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Australia is facing a major retirement funding challenge. We are living longer than ever, yet it’s becoming increasingly clear that many people don’t have enough superannuation to fund a comfortable retirement. Australia’s baby boomers are hitting retirement. Over the coming years, 5.5 million people born between 1946 and 1964 will retire; for many of those, […]

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Super funds fully recovered from sell-off

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Super funds have emerged from the recent market downturn in top shape, recovering from a string of losses suffered in late 2018 as investors regained confidence and share markets were bolstered by a generally positive earnings season. February’s median Balanced option return of 2.6% was the highest monthly return since July 2016, while the median […]

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CPD: The great unwind of the Federal Reserve’s balance sheet, and whether it actually matters

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Gyrations in equity markets over the past three months have been significant. After a -4.2% decline in December and -11% fall for the final quarter of 2018, global equities have recovered strongly, up 9.5% so far this year. Much of this volatility can be attributed to geopolitical concerns and trade, but focus on the Federal […]

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