AMP Capital Global Infrastructure Fund II closes at US$3.4 billion

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AMP Capital announces the close of Global Infrastructure Fund II (GIF II) at US$3.4bn. The fund reached final close on 27 December 2019, exceeding its US$3bn target and drawing additional significant co-investment commitments. GIF II attracted global interest, with commitments from more than 60 institutional clients from across the globe, including Japan, Singapore and Australia; […]

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Markets teetering with volatility levels set to spike

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An exceptional 10-year bull run coupled with lingering geopolitical uncertainty is likely to generate a spike in market volatility over the coming 12 months and demand a more defensive investment strategy, according to Triple3 Partners’ chief investment officer, Simon Ho. Volatility is recorded via the VIX – a real-time market index that measures the market’s expectation of 30-day […]

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Outlook: What’s ahead for investors in 2020?

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The macro, top-down view “Our macro view ensures that we anchor to what really matters in markets regardless of the barrage of information and misinformation out there,” says Xiradis. “Working closely with our Chief Economist and our local and global equity teams, we are able to distil the macro signals that matter and work our allocations across sectors accordingly.” Xiradis and his team at Ausbil see the following key signals for 2020 as […]

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Senior appointments in Dublin and London expand Equity Trustees Fund Services global team

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Three new appointments in the Dublin and London offices of Equity Trustees Fund Services have strengthened the capability of the 130-year-old Australian business as it pursues its global growth objectives. “The Fund Services division of our business has built a market leading proposition over two decades in independent fund governance,” said Harvey Kalman, Head of […]

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Property sector and investors both benefitting from transformation of banking post-Hayne

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Australia’s banking sector is transforming due to myriad factors, ranging from global changes through to the Hayne Royal Commission, and this is creating opportunities for both borrowers and investors. While lending from the traditional big banks has tightened in recent years, the growth of non-bank lenders means that capital is still readily available. Similarly, by […]

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QE and low interest rates won’t stimulate the economy: Quay

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The Reserve Bank of Australia’s policy in 2019 of cutting interest rates has done little to stimulate the Australian economy, but any attempt at introducing quantitative easing (QE) in 2020 is also doomed to fail, says Chris Bedingfield, principal at Quay Global Investors. “The big challenge for policy makers in 2020 will be to find […]

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Xplore Wealth bolsters team with new Distribution Manager

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Xplore Wealth Ltd (Company) (ASX: XPL) has announced the appointment of Durand Oliver to its distribution and marketing team as Distribution Manager. Mr Oliver’s commencement complements a series of strategic appointments by the company throughout 2019. These support Xplore Wealth’s growth as experts in delivering solutions that empower advisers by providing real choice within an […]

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Smooth Retirement and Pension Boost announce partnership

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Equity release specialists Smooth Retirement and Pension Loans Scheme platform Pension Boost today announced they have entered into a strategic partnership. The companies have teamed together to augment their compatible capabilities and to deliver greater value to clients through the provision of expert advice and assistance with all forms of home equity release. Smooth Retirement […]

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New law clarifies minor’s tax on testamentary trust income

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A minor pays tax at adult marginal rates on income received from a testamentary trust. The new law seeks to stop non-estate assets making their way into those trusts in order to increase that income and access those marginal rates. In the 2018-19 Budget, the Government announced that it will implement an integrity measure to […]

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Xplore Wealth Ltd appoints New Non-Executive Director as Mr Peter Brook departs

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Xplore Wealth Ltd (ASX: XPL) has announced the appointment of Julie Berry as Non-Executive Director to the Xplore Wealth board, as the Company embarks on a new stage of its growth and development plans. Ms Berry is an accomplished director who has advised public listed entities and privately owned businesses with an emphasis on advice and […]

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