Legg Mason Western Asset Macro Opportunities Bond Fund upgraded by Lonsec

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Leading research house Lonsec has upgraded its rating for the Legg Mason Western Asset Macro Opportunities Bond Fund (Fund) to “Recommended” and has reclassified the Fund to Lonsec’s Growth Alternatives sector, reflecting the economic leverage employed. This successful strategy which offers an absolute return fixed income solution has been available offshore for many years and […]

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Satisfaction with super funds is increasing, but members still want more: Investment Trends

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Investment Trends has released its flagship 2018 Super Fund Member Sentiment and Communications Report, an in-depth study of super fund members’ attitudes, behaviours, needs and priorities. The report, now in its eleventh year, draws on the responses of more than 10,000 super fund members conducted in May 2018. This year’s study highlights a number of […]

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Super members can expect a better second half to 2018

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Australia’s superannuation fund members have reason to expect a pickup in performance in the second half of 2018, following a volatile first half that saw super funds scrambling to recover from a global selloff earlier in the year. SuperRatings’ data shows the median balanced option grew at an estimated 1.3% in June, bringing the June […]

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Principal Global REITs wins mandates and is upgraded by Zenith to ‘Highly Recommended’ rating

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Principal Global Investors Australia (Principal) has announced their Global Real Estate Securities strategy has recently been awarded a number of mandates including BT New Zealand and the Australian Construction Industry Redundancy Trust (ACIRT). In further endorsement of Principal’s strength as a global real estate manager, the Principal Global REIT Fund (the fund) has also received […]

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Two Alphinity Australian share funds receive ‘Highly Recommended’ rating

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Two of Alphinity Investment Management’s Australian share funds have been rated ‘Highly Recommended’ by Zenith Investment Partners. The leading Australian and global equities boutique fund manager has had its Alphinity Concentrated Australian Share Fund upgraded to the highest available rating, while the Alphinity Australian Share Fund has retained its ‘Highly Recommended’ rating for the fifth-consecutive […]

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Who’s using automated investment services and why: Robo-adviser shares customer insights

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A customer insights study by automated investment service Six Park has found that more than half its clients are using the robo-investment service to grow wealth outside of super (36.5%) and for retirement savings (28.6%). These long-term goals ranked higher than the desire to save for property or saving for short-term goals such as holidays […]

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Funds are still learning to manage their digital member facing channels: Investment Trends Member Engagement Report

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Leading research firm Investment Trends has released its latest Member Engagement Report – an in-depth survey of the engagement channels, activities, transaction and advice services provided by Australian superannuation funds to their members. The report, now in its fifth year, is based on a survey of 44 of Australia’s largest super funds concluded in December […]

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Digital client engagement will be the norm for the next generation of financial planners: 2018 Planner Technology Report

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Leading research firm Investment Trends has released its 2018 Planner Technology Report, an in-depth study of Australian financial planners and their technology needs. The report, now in its fifteenth year, is based on a survey of 804 financial planners concluded in May 2018. This year’s study highlights a number of important trends: Digital client engagement […]

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LIC investors getting more choice, but reducing benefit from discount to fair value in longer term

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Investors have more choice than ever in the asset class strategies offered through Listed Investment Companies (LICs), according to Zenith’s latest research report on the sector. The expanding investment menu has been fuelled by a dramatic shift in the composition of the LIC market, which has grown 16% per annum over the past six years […]

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Zurich’s AREITs Fund upgraded to Gold with Morningstar

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Following their most recent fund review, Morningstar have upgraded the Zurich Investments Australian Property Securities Fund (Fund) to a Gold Morningstar Analyst Rating™ as of 21 May 2018. Having also maintained its “Highly Recommended” rating with both Lonsec and Zenith in their most recent reviews, this sees the Fund now hold the highest possible rating […]

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