MLC wins investment award for Horizon fund

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MLC has been recognised for excellence in investments with its Horizon 2 Income Portfolio winning Best Conservative Multi-Sector Fund of the Year at the 2010 Financial Review Smart Investor Blue Ribbon Awards. The MLC Horizon 3 Conservative Growth Portfolio and MLC Property Securities Fund were also commended as Blue Ribbon finalists at the awards, which […]

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CMC Markets and optionsXpress Australia partner for CFDs and share trading

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Superior education offering combined with cutting edge trading platform provides innovative investment solution CMC Markets and optionsXpress Australia, a leading online derivatives trading firm, today announced a new partnership for CFDs and share trading that is set to transform the education and broking experience for investors. The partnership includes the entire optionsXpress Australia family: HUBB […]

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Advisers need more guidance on fixed income investing

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Half of advisers inaccurately classify term deposits as cash Advisers prefer actively managed fixed interest funds The classification of term deposits as cash by 50% of advisers highlights the need for greater education, according to the world’s largest bond manager PIMCO, which surveyed more than 200 financial advisers in July 2010. Peter Dorrian, Head of […]

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AMP Capital takes leading position on ESG considerations

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AMP Capital Investors is pleased to announce the appointment of Adam Kirkman to the new senior role of Head of Environment, Social and Governance (ESG), as it looks to implement environmental targets across the business. Mr Kirkman will be responsible for continuing to build on the strong foundation AMP Capital has set in employing the […]

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Financial Services Council launches Chief Investment Office Investment Index

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Chief Investment Officers mildly optimistic about investment outlook The inaugural ‘Financial Services Council Chief Investment Officer Investment Index’ shows Chief Investment Officers (CIOs) are mildly optimistic about the performance of Australian and international investments over the next 12 months, but are concerned about short and long term risks related to the slowdown of the US […]

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AMP Capital announces key appointments to Fixed Income team

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AMP Capital Investors has announced the key appointment of Senior Portfolio Manager Sonia Baillie to the Fixed Income team, as incumbent Andrew Lally joins the Australian Equities team. In addition, it has expanded the Fixed Income team with two new roles, appointing Joyce Yu to the role of Analyst and Tim Jarvis as Analyst within […]

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AMP Capital launches new global listed infrastructure fund to retail investors

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Retail investors will have the opportunity to benefit from the expected long term global growth in infrastructure with the launch of the AMP Capital Global Infrastructure Securities Fund (hedged and unhedged). AMP Capital Investors Global Portfolio Manager Craig Noble said the global growth in infrastructure is driven by a build-out of new infrastructure in emerging […]

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Increase in Super Guarantee will boost retirement adequacy

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The Federal Government’s decision to increase the Super Guarantee (SG) to 12% will have a significant impact on retirement adequacy for the average Australian, lifting levels by $46,000, or 2.8%, to 71.3%, according to the latest AMP Retirement Adequacy Index. The SG increase to 12% will also boost the average annual net retirement income for […]

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AMP Capital appoints new ESG research analyst to sustainable team

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AMP Capital Investors has appointed Mans Carlsson-Sweeny to the role of Environmental, Social and  Governance Research Analyst within the Sustainable Alpha Australian Equities team. The AMP Capital Sustainable Alpha Australian Equities investment approach integrates environmental, social and governance (ESG) analysis with financial analysis. Mr Carlsson-Sweeny will be responsible for the analysis of ESG issues and […]

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Lonsec releases 2010 Diversified Funds Sector Review

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Lonsec’s 2010 Diversified Funds Sector Review resulted in the assignment of two Highly Recommended ratings, to BlackRock and Schroders. The ratings assigned to each manager generally apply across the various risk profiles and fund structures. Key themes to emerge from the Sector Review Stable resourcing Managers have remained relatively steady in the diversified funds space, […]

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