FASEA confirms accreditation process for professional designations

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Following the release of its revised Education Pathways and Program and Provider Accreditation policies for consultation, the Standards Authority has invited industry associations to apply for accreditation for their respective professional designation programs. Notices have been sent to a number of industry associations informing them of the process to have the course content of their […]

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Copia expands distribution team

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Multi boutique fund manager Copia Investment Partners has appointed Mani Papakonstantinos to the role of Distribution Manager covering Victoria and Western Australia, as it continues to build its business in Australia. Mani Papakonstantinos has over 13 years’ experience in the investment industry with roles spanning across distribution, research, and advice. Prior to joining Copia Investment […]

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FPEC announces winners of the 2018 Financial Planning Academic Research Grants

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The Financial Planning Education Council (FPEC) has announced Western Sydney University (WSU) and Griffith University as the two winners of the 2018 FPEC Academic Research Grants. The FPEC Academic Research Grants are sponsored by the Financial Planning Association of Australia (FPA) and NAB, and recognise those that have demonstrated a commitment to encouraging the development […]

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Disability accommodation the next frontier of property

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The introduction of the National Disability Insurance Scheme, together with an increased desire for thematic and impact investments, is creating the opportunity for the development of a disability housing investment framework says boutique property fund manager, Forza Capital. Adam Murchie, co-director of Forza Capital says, “Disability housing is at a crisis point, a little like […]

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AMP Capital makes additional investment in UK specialist care sector

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AMP Capital, on behalf of investors in its Global Infrastructure Equity strategy, has announced that it has made a further investment in the UK specialist care sector by acquiring Care Management Group (CMG). This follows AMP Capital’s first investment into the UK health and social care sector, the acquisition of The Regard Group (Regard) in […]

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Centuria secures record leasing deals as metro markets firm up

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Recent leasing deals negotiated in metro office markets around Australia are evidence of a rising tide of positive sentiment and improving fundamentals, according to commercial property investment specialist Centuria Capital Limited (Centuria). Commenting on Centuria’s most recent transactions, Jason Huljich, Centuria’s Head of Real Estate and Funds Management, pointed to strong rents and attractive lease […]

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SMSF Association clocks up policy wins in 2018

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The SMSF Association has enjoyed a successful year with its advocacy work, benefiting both its members and the broader self-managed super fund community, says Association CEO John Maroney. “There’s no better example of what the Association has achieved this year than the simplified work test exemption regulations that were introduced by the Government on 7 […]

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Bank of Ireland and Ignition Advice announce launch of new digital platform for Irish consumers

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Bank of Ireland’s Seán Ó Murchú joined Manish Prasad and Alan Quinlan from Ignition Advice in today launching a new digital advice platform for Irish consumers. Seán Ó Murchú, Director, Wealth Advice and Distribution at Bank of Ireland, said, “Creating a single, digital advice platform will have a transformational impact on the Irish market,”. Ignition […]

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Investment Outlook 2019: Australian Equities and Fixed Income

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Lee Mickelburough, Head of Australian Equities, discusses the lessons learned from 2018 and the themes shaping the team’s 2019 outlook. What are the key themes likely to shape markets in 2019? We expect some of the dominant themes of 2018 to persist into 2019. The strong growth we’ve seen in the United States, which has […]

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A timely look at what’s driving market volatility?

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December’s volatility is a final reminder that 2018 is shaping up much differently than 2017’s tranquil markets. Kathleen C. Gaffney, Director of Diversified Fixed Income at Eaton Vance Management, notes the bond markets are in the midst of an important transition that will require new thinking going forward. “Blindly reaching for yield and other strategies that […]

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