Maple-Brown Abbott launches Asian dividend growth fund

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Maple-Brown Abbott has established an Asian equities fund aimed at delivering investment growth and consistent and reliable income to investors. The Maple-Brown Abbott Asian Dividend Growth Fund provides investors with a portfolio exposed to both sustainable and growing income streams across Asia. It aims to deliver an attractive total return over a five-year period while... Read more continue reading

La Trobe Financial achieves carbon neutral milestone

The $13 billion Australian based Credit Asset Manager La Trobe Financial joins a growing list of Asset Managers focusing on ESG and climate, announcing today that it has achieved a carbon neutral milestone following its independent carbon footprint assessment. La Trobe Financial has worked closely with independent advisers Carbon Neutral to measure its assessment of... Read more continue reading

CPD: Rural property – the next investment frontier?

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In this article DomaCom examines the case for investing in rural property and looks at how investors can invest in this pandemic-proof sector at a time of steeply appreciating land values It’s not just city dwellers that are amazed – or in some cases bemused – about the resilience of the Australian property market. Farmers... Read more continue reading

Investment Perspectives from Quay: Thinking about office

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Thinking about office Imagine you are an office manager for a medium sized firm of 20 employees. Under normal circumstances, you and the staff would occupy around 400 sqm of office accommodation located in the CBD. But these are not normal circumstances. Lockdown orders mean that all staff are currently working from home. You are... Read more continue reading

Survey shows Australian institutional investors inevitably pushing ahead with ESG integration

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Institutional investors in Asia Pacific expect ESG considerations to become increasingly core to their business as awareness builds among investors and policymakers, according to the results of a BNP Paribas global survey of 356 asset owners, official institutions and asset managers. More asset owners and fund managers in APAC say ESG plays a central, integral... Read more continue reading

CPD: Impact investing and SDGs – a client conversation primer

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Introduction Since the start of 2020, investment markets around the world have experienced a surge of activity. But while most headlines focused on the influx of boredom-fuelled retail investors into equity markets, other investment categories have also witnessed a growth in interest and activity. One such category is the impact investing market, which has continued... Read more continue reading

The Long and The Short: What reporting season can tell us about life in Australia

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Just as the Australian Census promises to provide a comprehensive snapshot of the country and how we are changing, so too the recently-complete Australian profit reporting season can tell us what life has been like for Australians over the past 12 months. Growth of online sales With so many Australians stuck behind their computer screen... Read more continue reading

Take advantage of the dividend recovery story via ETFs

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A feature of the company reporting season that has just ended was the recovery in dividend payout levels, after the cautious approach companies took last year, as well as the additional release of franking credits through special dividends and share buybacks. Total dividends announced totalled $40.9 billion, an increase of 70%, with 60% of reporting... Read more continue reading

Podcast 20: Is the RBA banking on a rebound?

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The RBA expects a material slowdown in economic growth in September, but is forecasting a bounce-back in December that will stretch into the first half of 2022. Given market uncertainties, is the RBA’s confidence justified and could it mean higher interest rates are coming? Tune in to hear Darren Langer and Chris Rands debate their... Read more continue reading

SMSFs transacting with former spouse, cousins or friends

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There are circumstances where a former spouse could be considered a related party of the fund. Any transactions would be subject to the sole purpose test and the investment strategy requirement. Trustees should not assume that a member’s ex-spouse or other non-relatives such as distant family members or friends are not related parties of the... Read more continue reading