Self-directed investors embrace ETFs during COVID-19

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Self-directed investors are increasingly aware and educated about their investments, if ETF trading activity during COVID-19 is any indication, says Kanish Chugh, Head of Distribution at ETF Securities. Presenting the the latest edition of the ETF Securities Australian ETF Landscape Q4, Chugh adds “In just over three years, the Australian ETF market has doubled its funds under management to... Read more continue reading

CPD: MMT – Free lunch or road to perdition?

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The following article is authored by two investment luminaries from Epoch Investment Partners: William W. Priest, CFA — Executive Chairman, Co-CIO and Portfolio Manager Kevin Hebner, PhD — Managing Director, Global Investment Strategist. The article explores modern monetary theory and whether it’s the saviour of the economy or a pathway to economic damnation. Proponents of... Read more continue reading

Podcast 11: The RBA finally unleashes the bazooka

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If the RBA cutting rates is the entrée for markets this week, then the outcome of the US election is the main course and dessert rolled into one. Tune in to hear Darren Langer and Chris Rands dissect the big picture for global markets and find out why fixed income makes so much sense right... Read more continue reading

CPD: Togetherness drives us apart – rethinking estate planning in a COVID 19 world

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COVID 19 has certainly brought families together. Massive job losses, mandatory working from home, and ongoing lockdowns and border closures mean Australians are spending more time together – and at home – than ever before. The composition of those households is also being reshaped across the country, as an estimated 300,000 adult children move back... Read more continue reading

Household Capital passes on more than the RBA interest rate reduction to remain the lowest available home equity retirement funding provider in Australia

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Australia’s leading home equity retirement funding provider, Household Capital, has announced a further cut to its interest rate. In response to this week’s RBA cut of 0.15 percent, Household Capital made a deeper cut, lowering its rate by 0.20 percent to a home equity access rate of just 4.95 percent. Dr Joshua Funder, Chief Executive... Read more continue reading

Institutional investors continue to build real assets exposure, driven by enhanced returns, ESG and capital preservation

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Global institutional investors are set to prioritise investments into real assets over the next 12 months, as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to have a lasting impact on global economies and financial markets, according to the latest edition of Aviva Investors’ Real Assets Study. The Study, based on responses from over 1,000 decision-makers at insurers and pension... Read more continue reading

Biden won’t ride a blue wave, but change is coming

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The tide has gone out on the U.S. presidential election’s blue wave scenario. If Joe Biden’s apparent victory withstands legal challenges, he will assume the presidency with a Democratic majority in the House of Representatives and an undetermined power structure in the Senate. This likely takes a “policy revolution” off the table, but he can... Read more continue reading

Lonsec managed accounts add over $100m in October

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Lonsec’s managed accounts have posted the fourth consecutive month of record growth in October, adding $100m in net inflows across its broad suite of diversified, retirement and listed portfolios. The results highlight the success of Lonsec’s research-backed managed account model, which combines Lonsec’s portfolio construction expertise with Australia’s largest investment product research team. Lonsec CEO... Read more continue reading

Study reveals Healthcare remains top of the list when it comes to impact investing

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Against the backdrop of a pandemic, healthcare continues to be front and centre as the cause that aligns most with personal values or priorities when making an impact investment, according to a new survey by global asset manager American Century Investments. Study results showcasing responses from the United States, United Kingdom and Germany, examined generational... Read more continue reading

BNP Paribas survey finds hedge funds increasingly integrating ESG investing

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A BNP Paribas Corporate and Institutional Banking (CIB) survey of 53 hedge funds with a combined AUM of over half a trillion USD has found that 40% include environmental, social and governance (ESG) considerations in their investment process. The survey highlights that hedge funds are reaching a tipping point of incorporating ESG into their decision making,... Read more continue reading