Difficult to replicate assets with an entrenched market position the key to performance

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Companies that hold assets which are difficult to replicate, such as brands, licenses, patents, distribution rights, logistical capability and a captive client base, and operate these difficult to replicate assets with the objective of entrenching their products in the marketplace, should be in the sights of investors and advisers looking for superior medium-to-long term performance, […]

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ASX Group Monthly Activity Report – June 2011

  The value of ASX-listed stocks, as measured by the All Ordinaries Index, fell 2.7% during June 2011. Many other major markets also fell during the month including Hong Kong down 5.4%, the US down 1.8%, the UK down 0.7%, and Singapore down 1.2%. In contrast Japan was up 1.3%. Over the course of financial […]

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ASIC obtains orders to wind up York Capital Limited

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ASIC has obtained orders in the Federal Court of Australia to wind up York Capital Limited (York) following the company’s failure to lodge its financial reports and hold annual general meetings for the past three years. On 29 June 2011, the Federal Court of Australia ordered that York be wound up and appointed Mr Paul […]

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Artio Global Investors Selects Australia for Global Expansion

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Ian Webber to lead focus on Australian institutional investment market New York-based investment management firm Artio Global Investors (“Artio Global”) announced it is opening an office in Sydney, Australia, bringing its unique investment management approach to the Australian institutional market. Artio Global manages US$ 49.2 billion in assets as of May 31, 2011 across a […]

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ING to sell Australian investment management unit to UBS

ING announced today that it has reached an agreement to sell its Australian investment management business to UBS. ING Investment Management Australia’s business provides a number of investment strategies and products directly to the Australian institutional and wholesale markets. The business had EUR 24.8 billion (AUD 34.0 billion) in assets under management as of 31 […]

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Investor Signposts: Week Beginning July 3 2011

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Upcoming economic and financial market events The big picture Our central view is that the US economy is undergoing a mid-cycle pause and that growth will start to lift again late in 2011. As such, we believe that the Federal Reserve won’t provide additional monetary stimulus and will in fact start to withdraw the stimulus […]

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Investors demand more competitive offerings from Alternative Strategies – Multi Asset Sector

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Notable changes have occurred in the Alternative Strategies – Multi Asset sector since Standard & Poor’s Fund Services’ last review in December 2009, according to the Sector Report published today. The growing demand for transparency, increased liquidity, fee structure changes, and lower stock-market beta products have increased competition in the sector. The classic fund of […]

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Research reveals investor appetite for future innovation, but on new terms

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Improve existing products before creating new Focus on solutions which deliver targeted outcomes Human judgement a key enabler Third party administrators a partner for innovation An annual, independent study released today by CREATE-Research, commissioned by Citi’s Global Transaction Services and Principal Global Investors, finds that while innovation is deemed to have produced mixed results over the […]

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Digging Deeper: Institutional ETF investment in Australia

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The Australian ETF market has gathered momentum over the last two years, gathering AUM across a range of products, investment styles and providers.   However unlike the US or Europe, the growth of these investment vehicles in the local market has been largely driven by retail investors, with most institutional investors seemingly reluctant to get […]

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CommSec: Population growth hits 5-year low and cash is now king

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Demographic data; Financial Accounts Australia’s population grew by 69,703 people over the December quarter to 22,477,378. Annual population growth slowed from 1.57 per cent to 1.47 per cent – the weakest growth rate in almost five years. Despite businesses crying out for skilled migration, the Government’s reduction in the skilled migrant intake meant that in-bound […]

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