LGS wins SuperRatings Infinity Award for record seventh year

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Local Government Super (LGS) is delighted to announce that it has received the SuperRatings Infinity Award for a record seventh time since the award’s inception in 2010. This prestigious award recognises the super fund most committed to addressing its environmental and ethical responsibilities and confirms LGS as Australia’s leading responsible and sustainable super fund. Commenting... Read more continue reading

Private asset investment set to rise

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In an environment where company valuations have become distorted, interest rates remain low and volatility in listed markets is high, private assets will play an increasingly valuable role in helping investors meet their objectives over the longer term, according to Schroders Australia country head, Chris Durack. “Investors are seeking new opportunities to achieve their objectives... Read more continue reading

US election fireworks not over yet, but the wild ride will end

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The most contentious Presidential election in US history? “Polls continue to signal a decisive victory for Joe Biden, with some models predicting a double-digit percentage Biden popular vote more than twice as likely as President Trump being re-elected. This is good news for investors, not because markets like one candidate better than the other, but... Read more continue reading

ESG principles respected by life settlements industry

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ESG principles have become mainstream in funds management and the Laureola life settlements fund, now in Australia, is no exception. “We follow the principles behind ESG in our dealings with insureds who wish to sell us their life insurance policies in the USA. Typically, Laureola and other investors offer a 2-4 times higher payout for... Read more continue reading

Now is the time to invest in infrastructure

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Today, there is an undisputed infrastructure investment gap right around the world – as evidenced by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) regular reporting on the state of US infrastructure which has averaged grade D (meaning Poor, At Risk) since 1998. In developing countries, however, the ability to deliver these types of projects is... Read more continue reading

Responsible investing experiences rapid growth across ETP sector

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The rise of index-based strategies and Exchange Traded Products (ETPs) represents a major shift in markets during the last decade, in tandem with a greater sense of urgency regarding adoption of responsible investing principles. According to a recent report by Zenith Investment Partners, these two themes have resulted in the creation of hundreds of indices... Read more continue reading

US election: Local investors get ready for a Biden victory  

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A recent discussion on the likely local impact of the US election between three leading investment experts from ETF Securities (Kanish Chugh, Head of Distribution), Pitcher Partners (David Lane, Director and Senior Adviser) and Evans and Partners (Timothy Rocks, CIO) concluded with a consensus advice for Australian investors to maintain their long-term strategy, have an... Read more continue reading

CPD: A checklist when considering ETFs

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In the past 12-18 months we have seen an increase in popularity of Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) in the Australian financial services market.  According to the 2020 Stockspot ETF report, in 2019 the ETF market grew 24%, with expected FUM in Australia to reach $100b by 2022. This increased interest has been driven by a... Read more continue reading

Russell Investments launches GoalTracker – Australia’s first truly personalised super solution

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Russell Investments has launched Australia’s first goals-based superannuation solution, using mass personalisation and proprietary algorithms to make it possible for every Australian to access a tailored investment strategy based on their unique circumstances and retirement income goals. The launch comes as Russell Investments released research showing that a personalised approach to asset allocation and voluntary superannuation... Read more continue reading

Ninety One awarded China equity mandate

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State Super has announced it has awarded an All China Equity mandate to Ninety One (formerly Investec Asset Management). State Super’s senior investment manager, Andrew Huang, led an extensive tender process to search for niche opportunities for State Super’s Global Best Ideas satellite manager portfolio. ‘We canvassed the marketplace for equity strategies targeting an attractive... Read more continue reading