How to protect your investments from reputation fallout

Shares in the UK’s BSkyB dropped around 10 per cent over the past week as investors saw the World of the News newspaper hacking crisis as a potentially fatal blow to its proposed takeover by Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation. Along with the entire editorial staff of the News of the World, investors in the satellite […]

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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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Life insurance gap beginning to close in Australia

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New report from Rice Warner reveals increasing levels of personal insurance Australia’s life insurance gap has reduced over the last six years, according to a new report from Rice Warner Actuaries. As at June 2010, the overall level of underinsurance is $669 bn to meet the subsistence needs of families and dependants after death, which compares […]

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All Star IAM Australian Share Fund achieves Recommended rating by Zenith

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Kate Mulligan, Managing Director of All Star Funds has announced today that the All Star IAM Australian Share Fund has been given a rating of “Recommended” by ratings agency Zenith. Zenith’s report states that Greg Matthews, portfolio manager of the All Star IAM Australian Share Fund, “is well supported by a team of senior portfolio […]

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Deferred date for new tax treatments for managed investment trusts

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Last year, the government announced a new tax system for managed investment trusts (MITs) that will reduce complexity, increase certainty and minimise compliance costs for MITs and their investors.  In April, a further announcement was made to defer the start date of the new laws from 1 July 2011 to 1 July 2012.  The government […]

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The taxation of financial arrangements under TOFA rules

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Background to the TOFA reforms The TOFA reforms were first announced in the 1992 budget and were later taken up by the Review of Business Taxation. The review’s final report – A Tax System Redesigned (the Ralph report) – made various recommendations about the taxation of financial arrangements. While some of the recommendations made in […]

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S&P Assigns ‘STRONG’ Rating To Commonwealth Bank’s Vantage+ Product

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Standard & Poor’s Fund Services has assigned its ‘STRONG’ rating to the Commonwealth Bank Vantage+ product. This reflects what we view as a solid expected risk-return profile, simple and efficient structure, and clear product philosophy and targeted investor profile. Commonwealth Bank Vantage+ provides enhanced or leveraged exposure to the price returns performance of the S&P/ASX […]

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Australia sets the standard in ETF regulation

BetaShares Capital Ltd (BetaShares), one of Australia’s leading exchange traded fund (ETF) providers, says Australia is leading the way with best practice standards for regulating ETFs that are designed to ensure Australia avoids issues raised in the recent Bank for International Settlements (BIS) paper on the risk of ETFs. Some of the key issues highlighted […]

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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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