All Star Funds makes Top Ten Net Flows first time in survey

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Kate Mulligan, Managing Director of All Star Funds, has announced today that All Star Funds has achieved a Top 10 ranking in the net retail flows for the March 2011 quarter (Plan For Life survey, Analysis Of Retail Managed Funds as at March 2011 – Marketer view (ex CMTs). With a 3% share of net […]

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S&P Assigns Three-Star Rating To BT European Share Wholesale Fund

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Standard & Poor’s Fund Services today assigned its three-star rating to the BT European Share W fund, which is managed by MFS International (U.K.) Ltd. Relative performance has been good since MFS started managing the fund and it is meeting its objective over each rolling three-year period to March 31, 2011. Pleasingly, this has also been […]

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ETF Landscape: Global Industry Highlights

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Deborah Fuhr, Managing Director and Global Head of ETF Research and Implementation Strategy at BlackRock, reports on the growth of Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) and Exchanged Traded Products (ETPs) around the globe. At the end of May 2011, the global ETF industry had 2,747 ETFs with 6,079 listings and assets of US$1,446.6 Bn, from 142 providers on […]

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Trustees and advisers making a mountain out of a collectables molehill

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Specialist self-managed superannuation fund (SMSF) education and training provider, The SMSF Academy, says the industry is over-reacting to draft regulations being considered for collectable investments within SMSFs.   “Concerns have been raised around the additional financial burden that will be imposed as a result of changes to collectables held within SMSFs,” says The SMSF Academy’s […]

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Threadneedle appointments to Emerging Markets Equities team

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Threadneedle, a leading international asset manager, has appointed two emerging market analysts as the company continues to expand its emerging markets capabilities. Georgina Hellyer has joined as an analyst for global emerging markets and Ilan Furman will join as an analyst for the Latin American markets on 1 August, both will be based in London. […]

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BNY Mellon Asset Management Names Alan Harden as CEO of Asia-Pacific

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BNY Mellon Asset Management Names Alan Harden as CEO of Asia-Pacific.  He will report to Curtis Arledge, vice chairman of BNY Mellon and chief executive officer of BNY Mellon’s Investment Management division, which includes the asset management and wealth management businesses. Harden joins from ING Investment Management Ltd where he was chief executive officer of the […]

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Australia lags the world in institutional uptake of ETFs

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Speaking yesterday at an ASX conference on Exchange Traded Funds, Deborah Fuhr, Managing Director of investment company BlackRock, said that while retail investors in Australia had embraced ETFs, institutional investors were slower to adopt them due to a lack of familiarity with these types of products. In the US the ETF market has over a […]

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ACO Instrument Fund offers new opportunities for wholesale investors

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New Fund acquires first asset: Australia’s only Stradivarius violin The Australian Chamber Orchestra (ACO) today announced the launch and the first acquisition of its brand new investment fund: a rare Stradivarius violin. The launch of the Australian Chamber Orchestra Instrument Fund – which invests in rare stringed instruments – and its initial acquisition mark a […]

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Bank shares versus bank term deposits

Investors can get after-tax returns of around 9.00% from the Big 4 banks Australian Index Investments (Aii) believes that major Australian banks are now providing a better yield than is available from those banks’ term deposits. Australian banks have underperformed over the last 12 months and valuations now look very reasonable. Right now, PEs have […]

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What’s next for commodities?

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Growing concern about the strength of global demand recently prompted big falls in the price of many commodities. How much have commodities dropped? It depends. Take silver, which has been one of the fastest-rising commodities this year, fell the most losing 25% of its value in a five-day slide in early May. Oil prices also slid, […]

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