Australia’s millionaires lose their appetite for growth but gain a healthy hunger for advice

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Over half of Australia’s 310,000 millionaires want more financial advice, and are prepared to pay for it, according to the latest Centric Wealth / Investment Trends High Net Worth Investor Report. Survey respondents said key areas in which they needed more advice were estate planning, reviewing current investment portfolios, investment strategy, asset protection strategies, borrowing... Read more continue reading

Experience & Long-term Results Underpins Zenith’s ISAM Systematic Fund ‘Recommended’ Rating

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Zenith Investment Partners Pty Ltd (Zenith) Head of Alternatives Research Daniel Liptak has announced that International Standard Asset Management (ISAM) Systematic Fund has received a RECOMMENDED rating. With offices in London and New York, ISAM was founded by Stanley Fink, former CEO of the Man Group, in July 2008 to provide alternative investment strategies to... Read more continue reading

Confidence returns as traders get active and more adventurous, CMC Markets survey says

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Traders get savvy with social media tools – websites, forums and blogs top the list SGX gets thumbs down while Chi-X more warmly received; almost one in four think the ASX is government owned CMC Herd Index shows traders continue to grapple with timing the market Traders are showing greater signs of confidence and are... Read more continue reading

More than lowest brokerage: CMC Markets Stockbroking wins prominent awards from Investment Trends

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CMC Markets, the leading independent financial services provider, has been awarded ‘Highest overall client satisfaction’, ‘Best website functionality’, ‘Best customer service’, and ‘Best charting’ in the Investment Trends Dec 2010 Australia Online Broking Report. The multiple awards won demonstrate the quality and depth of CMC Markets’ stockbroking business after CMC Markets launched Australia’s lowest online... Read more continue reading

Big name Research Award winners show ESG emerging from its niche

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ESG ‘box-ticking’ no longer makes the grade, say judges, as Citi, Goldman Sachs, take out awards High calibre entries from some of the country’s biggest broking and other financial services players mark the continued push by market leaders to factor Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) research into mainstream investment analysis. The annual Awards are conducted... Read more continue reading

Slow motion market recovery ahead, says Russell chief investment strategist

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Warns investors on over-optimism Predicting high single to low double digit global returns Russell Investments is expecting a slow motion market recovery, according to its March 2011 market commentary. Andrew Pease, chief investment strategist, tells investors to be optimistic but not too optimistic: Russell is moderately bullish on global equities, expecting returns to be in... Read more continue reading

Income investors turn to global equities

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Forecast double-digit earnings to drive dividend growth Income-seeking investors will increasingly turn to global equities in 2011, with leading international asset manager Threadneedle forecasting that key international markets will experience double-digit aggregate earnings growth and increasing dividends in 2011. “For the last two decades investors have traditionally turned to bond markets for income and to... Read more continue reading

Zenith Rates FRM Sigma as Highly Recommended

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Zenith Investment Partners (Zenith) Head of Alternatives Research Daniel Liptak said that occasionally an investment opportunity presents itself that questions why no one has offered something similar before. The FRM Sigma Fund is one of  those offerings. Daniel Liptak said, “The FRM Sigma Fund provides an efficient use of cash tied to a strong risk... Read more continue reading

Share prices, consumer spending and the GFC

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In this issue we look at share markets in Australia and around the world – how they have fared in the GFC and what may lie ahead as the debt problem is tackled, instead of just being shifted sideways, in the coming year or so. It all hinges on the outlook for consumer spending, and... Read more continue reading

ETF usage to surge to $6bn in AUM in 2011, Russell says

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Three new issuers and 15 new ETFs could come to market Exchange mergers could be game changers for local ETF market The Australian Exchange Traded Fund (ETF) market is expected to grow to more than A$6bn in assets under management (AUM) in 2011 Russell Investments said in an analysis of ETF market trends released today.... Read more continue reading