AustralianSuper announces resignation of Bernie Fraser from Board

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Fund well positioned to continue delivering for members. AustralianSuper has today announced Independent Director Bernie Fraser will be stepping down from the AustralianSuper Trustee Board. x Mr Fraser has been the Independent Director of AustralianSuper and its predecessor funds (STA and ARF) since 1996. During that time he has also been Chair of the Investment […]

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SMSF may be unhealthy if over-exposed

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Reports about severe problems caused to some self-managed superannuation fund (SMSF) members by the lack of government compensation for SMSFs that invested in Trio funds such as the Astarra Strategic Fund suggest that some SMSF trustees are putting too many eggs in too few baskets, says Mr Phil Galagher, head of wealth management at Equity […]

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More to risk than market volatility

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Ongoing concerns by investors about market volatility may mean they are ignoring other critical investment risks which can have a major impact on their retirement income, says Mr Cameron Dickman, head of retail at Australian Unity Investments. “The global financial crisis has focused investor attention on one kind of risk, market risk – the risk […]

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Regulators should not judge super funds on size alone, Russell warns

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Recommends trustees use comprehensive test to meet scale requirements Know your fund first – evaluate before reacting to scale concerns Russell Investments is calling on trustees and industry regulators to consider more than just current assets and membership when applying a “test of sufficient scale”. Russell suggests a scale test which incorporates assets, membership, growth, […]

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How to benefit from the 21st century’s big investment themes

The world has changed immeasurably in the past 30 years. The next three decades seem likely to yield even more drama as significant themes exert their influence on a more-connected world. Change is upon us. Investors must either embrace change or risk missing out on some of the biggest investment themes in a generation. The […]

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What to look for now in global equities

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As the world keeps changing, so does the way you should look for investment opportunities around the globe. You do not always have to invest directly in emerging markets to take advantage of opportunities within them, says one of the world’s largest fund managers. “I am cautiously optimistic about the prospects for global equities,” says […]

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What’s the most important aspect of equities to analyse?

Think of Apple’s success and you credit the genius of Steve Jobs. Microsoft’s founder was the just-as-talented Bill Gates. News Corporation wouldn’t be what it is today without Rupert Murdoch. It is this people factor that represents a key difference between investing in equities compared with other asset classes. With other investments, whether you invest […]

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SMSFs to be Their Own ‘Bank’ to Fund Investment

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SMSFs Receive Rent for Leasing the Orchard Assets to Growers!  While this is the eighth year that Almond Investors Limited has made an Almond Project available to the retail market, it is the first year that its Project has been specifically designed to suit SMSFs.  “We chose to create our 2011 Project predominantly for SMSFs […]

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AMP Capital Investors acquires additional stake in Thames Water

AMP Capital through its European flagship fund, the Strategic Infrastructure Trust of Europe (SITE) and separately managed accounts, has taken an additional stake in Thames Water, the largest water and waste water services provider in the United Kingdom. The additional stake of £27.3 million brings AMP Capital’s total holding in Thames Water to £144.3 million. […]

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Eight in ten voters say yes to change: but not enough to save embattled unitholders

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Century Funds Management (Century) is pleased to have stood up for Opus 21 unitholders despite attaining insufficient voting numbers to replace Opus Capital Limited as manager of Opus 21.   Subject to a final count, at the meeting of Opus 21 unitholders today, Computershare confirmed that Century Funds Management gained over 80 per cent of […]

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