Managers eye growth as bears disappear, Russell survey says

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Sentiment towards equity markets most positive in five years International equities back in favour with Aussie managers Sentiment towards equities has hit a five-year high as managers ditch their pessimistic outlook and turn to growth assets in Australia and offshore, according to the latest Investment Manager Outlook (IMO) from Russell Investments. Results from the quarterly […]

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Investors returning to listed property for attractive income streams

A recovery that’s supported by a ‘back to basics’ approach is offering listed property  investors the traditional returns they’ve been denied in the recent past, according to Brett McNeill, Investment Manager at Aviva Investors. According to Mr McNeill, Aviva Investors has seen strong signs that the listed property sector is recovering from its ‘self inflicted […]

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Reserve Bank more relaxed about the road ahead

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Reserve Bank Board meeting The Reserve Bank Board has left the cash rate at 4.75 per cent at its final meeting for 2010. The next meeting is on February 1 2011. The Reserve Bank Board notes that lending rates are now a little above average and believes that this tight policy is “appropriate for the […]

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Global markets unlikely to recover to historical norms: hedged global bonds offer great value says PIMCO

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PIMCO has challenged conventional mean reversion assumptions due to deleveraging of private sector balance sheets, re-regulation, and slower growth coming from large developed nations Much of the developed world is burdened with debt and structural problems which will continue to weigh down market returns Despite low nominal global bond yields, investors in Australian dollar hedged […]

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Russell enhances diversified products to include new strategies and tailored asset allocations

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Russell Investments has today announced a series of enhancements to the strategic asset allocation (SAA) of its suite of diversified managed funds and pooled superannuation trusts (superannuation investment vehicles). They include three new sector strategies for its diversified portfolios and mean products that are more tailored to clients in areas such as liquidity and tax […]

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SPAA urges caution on new borrowing rules

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The Self Managed Super Funds Professionals’ Association of Australia (SPAA) has today reminded SMSF advisers and trustees about the tough new measures which apply to limited recourse borrowing arrangements put in place on or after 7 July 2010. Peter Burgess, SPAA National Technical Director, said the most significant and controversial changes to the rules include […]

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Leading strategist says ‘member as lender’ borrowing strategy may help SMSFs avoid excess contributions problem

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Financial planners should consider a ‘member as lender’ strategy to help SMSF clients who have contributed up to the limits of the super contribution caps but wish to contribute more to super The cap reduction in the 2009 Federal Budget and incoming means testing will make it more difficult for the over 50s age group […]

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Comparing Aussie companies: facts & fiction

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Company financial statistics In recent weeks investors have no doubt found it difficult to sort fact from fiction in the public discussion about company balance sheets. Some commentators have questioned whether banks are generating above-normal profits. Others have questioned whether some companies such as BHP Billiton are making profitable use of capital or whether a […]

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Russell advises cautious approach to volatility investing

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Russell has released a research paper to raise awareness and encourage discussion Proper education required to understand payoffs and risks An exposure to volatility can offer investors the opportunity to enhance performance, either as an investment in its own right or as a hedging instrument, according to Russell Investments. Russell cites an exposure to volatility […]

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Lonsec awards Russell multi-manager funds ‘Highly Recommended’ rating

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Russell multi-manager funds show strong performance despite challenging 12 months In recognition of Russell Investments’ “strong competitive advantages in people, process and product design” research house Lonsec has awarded Russell’s multi-manager funds a ‘Highly Recommended’ rating. In its October report, Lonsec reviewed 13 of Russell’s multi-manager funds across both multi-asset and single-asset classes. Lonsec cited […]

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