Insight Multi-Asset update – week beginning 13 January, 2020

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Market and economic review Despite geopolitical tensions rising and a weak ISM print, 2020 has seen a strong start for risk assets. After the US-led assassination of Iranian Major General Qasem Soleimani, and the subsequent response from Iran, tensions seemed to calm with a speech from the US President Donald Trump. Whilst the market focused […]

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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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Weekly market update – week ending 10 January, 2020

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Investment markets and key developments over the past week After a bit of uncertainty and volatility early in the past week, share markets pushed sharply higher as the US and Iran appeared to step back from escalating their conflict. This saw US shares push to a new record high rising 0.9% over the week, with […]

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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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Update from FASEA on the Financial Adviser Exam

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FASEA continues to work closely with ACER to ensure exam processes are streamlined, accessible and effective and exam sitting opportunities are optimised. Remote access to the FASEA exam FASEA announces the launch of its remote proctoring solution.  The remote proctoring solution will be available for the February exam and all subsequent exams. For information on […]

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ASIC encourages fair and effective insurance claims handling for people affected by the bushfires

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ASIC is committed to helping Australians affected by the devastating bushfires to rebuild their lives. ASIC Deputy Chair Daniel Crennan QC said that ‘ASIC is working with insurers and other key stakeholders to ensure that claims are handled efficiently and fairly. We expect those involved in handling these insurance claims to act with the utmost […]

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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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