Increased noise endangers logic

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The amount of confusing ‘noise’ in the investment world is making it increasingly difficult for investors to focus on priorities and reach sensible investment decisions, says Edward Smith, head of portfolio management at Australian Unity Investments (AUI). “The noise coming from commentators, market experts, fiduciary and monetary chiefs, and governments is incessant in today’s online, […]

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AUI appoints head of institutional business

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Paul Banks has been appointed head of institutional business at Australian Unity Investments (AUI), reporting to Fiona Dunn, general manager – funds management. Mr Banks will be responsible for further building AUI’s business through relationships with the institutional market. He has over 22 years’ experience in financial services and joins AUI from Morgan Stanley, where […]

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Merger of AUI property fund approved by investors

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Investors in Australian Unity Investments’ (AUI) Second Industrial Trust (SIT) have voted in favour to merge with AUI’s Office Property Fund (OPF) at a meeting of investors in Melbourne on Friday 24 May 2013. The proposal to merge the two funds was developed by AUI, creating a $360 million property fund holding commercial properties in […]

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AUI proposes merger of property funds

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Australian Unity Investments (AUI) is seeking approval from investors in its Second Industrial Trust (SIT) to merge the trust with its larger, more diversified Office Property Fund (OPF). OPF is AUI’s flagship office property fund.   Investors in SIT will be eligible to vote on the proposal, which intends to create a $360 million property […]

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More to property than residential

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Investors, particularly self-managed super fund trustees, need to understand there is more to property than the residential sector, says Chris Smith, head of healthcare and retirement property at Australian Unity Investments. “Generally speaking Australians are over-exposed to residential property, especially those that own an investment property as well as their home.   “Such investors are […]

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AUI makes changes to property team

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Australian Unity Investments (AUI) has made changes to its property funds management team following the retirement of head of property, Martin Hession, late last year. Peter Lambden has been appointed to the role of head of property and asset management, where he will be responsible for reviewing all asset management activities and strategies for AUI’s […]

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AUI appoints new BDM for NSW & ACT

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Australian Unity Investments (AUI) has appointed Shaun Thomas as NSW and ACT business development manager.  Mr Thomas joins AUI from HSBC Global Asset Management, where he was associate director – key accounts and research relationships.  He has also held client relationship and business development roles at Macquarie Funds Group, St George Margin Lending and Comsec […]

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Strong income yield makes property investment attractive

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The current spread between returns on cash and returns on well-managed property funds means the unlisted property sector will continue to provide good outcomes for investors during 2013, says Mark Pratt, general manager of property, mortgages and capital markets at Australian Unity Investments (AUI).  “Depending on whether the cash rate drops below the current 3 […]

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AUI appoints fourth investment specialist

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Australian Unity Investments (AUI) has finalised its investment specialist team with the appointment of Kate Hoare as the fourth senior investment executive, reporting to Fiona Dunn (general manager – funds management).   It follows the recent appointments of Jody Fitzgerald, Guy Sainsbury and Paul Ramsay to the team, which augments the support AUI provides its asset managers […]

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Australians at risk of underinvestment in Asia

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Despite Australia’s economic involvement with Asia, and indeed reliance on the region, Australians are underinvested there, David Bryant, chief executive officer of Australian Unity Investments (AUI), has warned. “Not having Asian investments in their portfolio could become a medium- to long-term impediment to savings growth for Australian investors,” Mr Bryant said.  “Many investors are too […]

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