SPAA announces new board appointments

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Peter Crump and Andrew Hamilton have joined the SPAA Board The Self-Managed Super Fund Professionals’ Association of Australia (SPAA) has today announced the appointments of Peter Crump and Andrew Hamilton to the SPAA Board. SPAA Chief Executive Andrea Slattery said the appointments will enhance the high level of technical expertise and industry experience on the […]

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Equity market sentiment rebounds but investors cling to safe haven assets

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Majority of Australian investors bullish on local equity market Investors could miss out on opportunities in volatile markets by being too risk adverse Investor sentiment in Australia is on the rise and there is a markedly more bullish attitude to Australian equities, according to the quarterly ING Investor Dashboard Sentiment Index released today. However, it […]

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SPAA calls for changes to APESB proposed standard on how to charge for financial advice

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Proposed standards will impose unreasonable and unsustainable obligations on accountants working as financial planners The Self Managed Super Fund Professionals’ Association (SPAA) has called for amendments to an Accounting Professional and Ethical Standards Board (APESB) Exposure Draft, which, in its current form, will prevent SPAA members, who are also members of certain accounting bodies, from […]

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State of the States

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State & territory economic performance report How are Australia’s states and territories performing? CommSec has attempted to find out by analysing eight key indicators: economic growth; retail spending; equipment investment; unemployment, construction work done; population growth; housing finance and dwelling commencements. Just as the Reserve Bank uses decade averages to determine the level of “normal” […]

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Business inflation narrowly based

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Producer price index; Weekly petrol price The broad measure of business inflation – the producer price index (PPI) – rose by 1.3 per cent in the September quarter, well ahead of expectations for an increase of 0.5 per cent. Compared with a year ago, producer prices were up by 2.2 per cent. Inflation was narrowly […]

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Zenith Diversified Sector Report Adds 11 New Funds & Also Addresses Advisers Client Investment Concerns

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Zenith Investment Partners Pty Ltd (Zenith) has just announced the release of its 2010 Diversified Sector Report and also confirmed that the study was structured to address a number of specific issues raised by the national research provider’s adviser client base. In releasing the Diversified Sector Report, Zenith Investment Analyst Graeme Miller said from an […]

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AFA launches Female Adviser of the Year Award

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Kerry Chikarovski appointed Patron The Association of Financial Advisers (AFA) today announced a new award – the AFA Female Adviser of the Year (the Award) – designed to champion excellence in female financial advisers. Speaking at the AFA’s National Conference on the Gold Coast this morning, AFA CEO Richard Klipin said the AFA is introducing […]

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Rally Call: AFA calls for adviser support ad campaign “Make A Plan”

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Multi-media campaign designed to win the hearts and minds of consumers The Association of Financial Advisers (AFA) has issued a rally call to members to support ‘Make a Plan’ – a multi-media advertising, public relations and online campaign designed to win the hearts and minds of consumers. Speaking to delegates at the AFA’s National Conference […]

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Andrew Shakespeare named AFA’s Rising Star

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Andrew Shakespeare of JSA Financial Planning Group (NSW) has been named this year’s Association of Financial Advisers (AFA) Rising Star. The AFA Rising Star of the Year Award (the Award), which is proudly supported by OnePath (formerly ING Australia), was established in 2005 and recognises the best new adviser talent emerging in Australia who has […]

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Emerging markets, emerging opportunities

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Lonsec recently completed its 2010 review of the Global Emerging Markets and Regional Equities sector following review meetings held in March and April. Duncan Knight, Senior Investment Analyst, recounts some of the key themes and observations from this review. The Global Emerging Markets (GEMs) and Regional Equities sector now encompasses 20 funds, an expanding universe […]

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