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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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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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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Jonathan Baird joins Western Asset as fixed interest investment specialist

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Western Asset, a Legg Mason fixed income specialist affiliate, today announced the appointment of Jonathan Baird to the newly created role of investment specialist and client executive. Based in Melbourne, Baird will be responsible for managing client interests across the Legg Mason Western Asset fund range covering both Australian and global strategies. Baird joins Western […]

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ANZ and AFA open nominations for the 2017 Rising Star of the Year award

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 ANZ and the Association of Financial Advisers have called on the advice industry to nominate its best and brightest new advisers for the 2017 AFA Rising Star of the Year Award. Now in its 13th year, the award recognises advisers with four years’ experience or less who deliver quality financial advice, provide an exceptional client […]

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Ignition Wealth announces digital advice solution for users of leading platform

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Ignition Wealth has announced today that its digital advice solution will be available to investors, advisers and accountants using BT Panorama. “We are delighted to be working with BT to deliver a truly customer-first solution to their accountants, advisers and investors. For accountants the move provides a post-FOFA solution that allows them to source advice […]

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Standard Life Investments announces senior hire for Insurance Solutions team

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Standard Life Investments, the global investment manager, has announced the appointment of Richard Pereira as Investment Director within the Insurance Solutions team. He will be based in London and report to Stephen Acheson, Executive Director, Global Strategic Partnerships. This is a new position and Richard will enhance the capabilities of Standard Life Investments to support, […]

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H&R Block Accountants and Infocus Financial Advisers partner for growth

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After winning the national tender to partner with H&R Block in December 2016, a pilot program offering no obligation wealth management services to H&R Block tax and accounting clients in South-East Queensland was launched. In nine weeks of running the pilot contacting nearly 20,000 H&R Block clients, Infocus has seen a 20% uptake in H&R […]

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