Australia to permanently change post-COVID

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The world will be a different place as it emerges from the COVID-19 crisis, with Australians’ work, life and travel permanently changed by the pandemic, according to a new report by KPMG, Our New Reality: Predictions after COVID-19. Remote working and digital commerce will rise across all industries, as the 9-5 workday is challenged and corporate […]

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Paul Xiradis talks: The economic outlook, earnings, dividends and banks in the wake of COVID-19

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What is your outlook for the global economy and are governments and central banks doing enough to ensure an eventual economic recovery? It’s fair to say that the current macro experience is quite dynamic, and is very much subject to how well the world will be able to suppress the spread of COVID-19. Rather than […]

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The New Economic Order

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Fidelity International has outlined its base case macroeconomic assumption of a U-shaped recovery and addressed the new long-term trends that will set the world on a unique course post Covid-19. In ‘The New Economic Order’, Fidelity forecasts that government intervention, fiscal activism, corporate governance and sustainability, and continued Asian economic strength will become permanent features […]

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Topdocs to provide COVID-19 documentation free of charge to advisers

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Leading legal document provider Topdocs has announced that their new suite of COVID-19 SMSF documentation will be provided free of charge to advisers Australia wide. The new documentation includes packages to note the early release of superannuation benefits from an SMSF as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the request and confirmation of rental […]

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New Parametric research reveals transition management’s blind spot

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Superannuation funds readjusting their investment portfolios need to carefully consider all the tax implications and not focus solely on timing and transaction costs, says global implementation specialist manager Parametric. In a research paper titled “The Sting in the Transition Tail”, Parametric Managing Director of Research (Australia) Raewyn Williams and Analyst Joshua McKenzie use a modest […]

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Survivors and thrivers post COVID-19

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The havoc in stock markets in the March quarter from COVID-19 was on a scale rarely seen, with the economic fallout likely to expose vulnerabilities and growing bifurcation in sector and company performance, according to SG Hiscock & Company portfolio manager, Hamish Tadgell. Mr Tadgell believes businesses exposed to infrastructure spending and financing, essential goods […]

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Pandemic highlights need for engagement says Calvert

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For socially responsible investors, engagements have never been more vital than they are right now. This was highlighted by John Wilson, Director of Corporate Engagement at Calvert, an Eaton Vance affiliate. Wilson says: “The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed numerous vulnerabilities in our market system. “Increased corporate specialisation has left many companies highly dependent on a […]

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Aberdeen Standard Investments strengthens Australian institutional sales team

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Aberdeen Standard Investments (ASI) has strengthened its Australian distribution team with the appointment of Vishal Sharma as Institutional Director for Australia and New Zealand, based in Sydney. Vishal will build and broaden ASI’s relationships with key institutional investors in Australia and New Zealand, including superannuation funds and insurance companies, and help deliver tailored solutions to […]

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Pinnacle Investment Management unveils first European-based fund manager

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Five former senior members from Stewart Investors are among the founding members of new London-based investment boutique, Aikya Investment Management (Aikya). The investment boutique, specialising in emerging markets, will be based in London and becomes the first European-based affiliate of Pinnacle Investment Management Group Limited (ASX: PNI) (Pinnacle). The former Stewart Investors team members include […]

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IMB Bank completes merger with Hunter United Employees’ Credit Union

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IMB Bank has completed its merger with Newcastle-headquartered Hunter United Employees’ Credit Union Ltd (‘Hunter United’) after receiving regulatory approval from the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority. IMB Chief Executive Robert Ryan has confirmed the transfer of Hunter United to IMB Bank and said that in the immediate months, Hunter United would operate locally under its […]

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