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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Asia’s dividend ‘sweetspot’ continues to yield

Below is a market comment from Jason Pidcock, head of the Asian Equities desk at Newton, part of BNY Mellon Asset Management, on the outlook for equity income investing in the Asia-Pacific region (ex-Japan).  Jason is based in London. x Key points: Asian companies are realising the benefits of paying a dividend Inflation concerns exist,

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Strong balance sheets fuel dividend growth, Russell says

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Australian dividends increase 6.4% Dividend yields rival term deposits Dividends are on the rise with the average dividend across the equity market growing 6.4% over the last six months, according to recent data from Russell Investments, provider of the Russell Australia High Dividend Index (the index). “This reporting season has shown companies are increasingly confident

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Why are Australian shares lagging? Will it continue?

Key points Australian shares have disappointingly underperformed traditional global shares over the last year on the back of monetary tightening, worries about a housing bubble, the strong $A and Chinese tightening. Many of these concerns should be largely factored in & we see better returns this year, but some linger so it is too early

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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 launches income funds to capture dividend resurgence and strong Aussie bond yields

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High demand for dividends as income drives greater proportion of returns Australian bonds attractive due to good yields and quality issuers Russell Investments has today launched two income-based multi-manager funds in response to increasing investor demand for income-seeking strategies. The Russell Australian Shares Enhanced Income Fund (RASEIF), taps into the strong forecasted dividend growth in

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Are shares good value & what about bank deposits?

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Key points Shares are cheap using forward price to earnings ratios and when comparing the level of the dividend yield to the bond yield. Thanks to low government bond yields and higher dividend yields, shares should provide a good risk premium over bonds for the decade ahead. While Australian bank deposit rates are attractive for

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