Look for companies set to benefit from innovation

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Despite recent talk about ‘disruptors’ and the impact that new companies can have on traditional marketplaces, investors shouldn’t assume that ‘innovation’ necessarily means disruption and fear the worst for their portfolio. “Innovation and disruption are part of capitalism, and have been happening for a long time,” says Julian Beaumont, investment director at Bennelong Australian Equity […]

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ANZIIF announces new President, Deputy President and welcomes new Board members at AGM

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The Australian and New Zealand Institute of Insurance and Finance (ANZIIF) yesterday announced at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) that Allan Reynolds, Executive General Manager – NZ + Direct at Steadfast and Megan Beer, Group Executive, Insurance at AMP will take over the positions of ANZIIF President and Deputy President effective immediately. Allan has held the […]

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New voice for one million SMSF members

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Two associations that speak for Australia’s one million self-managed super fund members are merging to create an even stronger united voice. The Self-managed Independent Superannuation Funds Association (SISFA) is Australia’s original SMSF advocate, established in 1998 to represent the interests of trustees and industry to Government. SISFA’s mission includes the encouragement of high professional standards […]

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AMP provides update on growth strategy

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AMP has provided an update on its group strategy and growth opportunities at its Investor Strategy Day, being held in Sydney. The strategy was direct investment towards higher-growth businesses in wealth management, AMP Bank and AMP Capital; leverage AMP’s strengths in overseas markets; and maintain focus on driving cost efficiency. Key elements of the strategy include: […]

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Call to increase gender diversity for ASX 200 Boards as 30% Club marks two-year anniversary in Australia

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Increased gender diversity on boards leads to better performance for corporates, not only from a pure financial sense but also in terms of managing key indicators of longer term wealth creation like customer satisfaction, and building a robust employee and corporate culture. However, despite the evidence, there are 13 Boards in the ASX 200 that […]

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Insight Investment Fund added to HUB24 Platform

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Insight Investment, a leading global investment manager, has announced that the Insight Global Absolute Return Bond Fund has been added as an investment option to the HUB24 platform. The Insight Global Absolute Return Bond Fund aims to provide a positive absolute return in all market conditions over a rolling 12 month period and seeks to offer […]

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Standard Life Investments build out multi-asset structuring team

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Standard Life Investments, the global investment manager, has added to its Multi-Asset Investing (MAI) Structuring team with the appointment of Mathias Marta as a Quantitative Investment Director. Mathias was previously a Senior Portfolio Manager at State Street Global Investors, with responsibility for Liability Driven Investment (LDI) strategies. He has extensive knowledge of the UK pensions […]

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Fee structures lack innovation and encourage index-like returns, says Remerga

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The growing strength of popular investment markets has put increased pressure on investment managers to produce new fee models that offer more attractive returns to investors and protect the industry against intervention by the regulators, according to a new white paper by Australian investment manager Remerga. The white paper, Fee innovation in investment management overdue, […]

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ASIC provides guidance on common issues in registration of managed investment schemes

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ASIC has published a new information sheet to explain the common issues we identify in the content of managed investment scheme (scheme) constitutions during the registration process, and how we address these issues. Since 1 October 2013, ASIC has considered the contents of over 700 constitutions as part of assessing whether to register a scheme. […]

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What Price Valuable Advice? How to recognise valuable, affordable financial advice

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While many believe that Big Data and convenient technology will make financial advice easier, at Certainty Advice Group they’re not so sure. What truly valuable advice is (and how clients can identify it) is the topic of this nationwide advice firm’s latest white paper, released May 2017. “While accessible, easy apps for your quick ride, […]

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