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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Threadneedle strengthens high yield team with two additional hires

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Threadneedle, a leading international asset manager, has appointed two high yield investment analysts as the company continues to strengthen its fixed income capabilities. Gareth Simmons and Jenny Wong will both join Threadneedle in early July as part of the High Yield Bond team, headed by Barrie Whitman. These appointments bring the High Yield Bond Team, […]

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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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Digging Deeper: Institutional ETF investment in Australia

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The Australian ETF market has gathered momentum over the last two years, gathering AUM across a range of products, investment styles and providers.   However unlike the US or Europe, the growth of these investment vehicles in the local market has been largely driven by retail investors, with most institutional investors seemingly reluctant to get […]

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East or West – Where to Invest?

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The two biggest economies in the world could hardly look more different at the moment. One is doing all it can to stimulate growth, while the other is trying to rein it in. In the US, the Obama administration is ploughing a lonely furrow, the only major country in the world to be easing fiscal […]

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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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Trustees and advisers making a mountain out of a collectables molehill

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Specialist self-managed superannuation fund (SMSF) education and training provider, The SMSF Academy, says the industry is over-reacting to draft regulations being considered for collectable investments within SMSFs.   “Concerns have been raised around the additional financial burden that will be imposed as a result of changes to collectables held within SMSFs,” says The SMSF Academy’s […]

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Gold stocks falling short on returns

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Most of the gold stocks in Australia’s gold mining index returned less than the gold price over the last three years according to E.I.M. Capital Managers. Many investors buy gold producing companies to gain a leveraged exposure to movements in gold prices. The S&P/ASX All Ordinaries gold index increased just 38% over the three years to […]

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The rise and rise of new IPOs in Asia, and Asian investors

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Who would have thought – investing in Asia might soon give investors access to European and US companies. Some of Europe and America’s most prestigious companies are shunning the well-established financial centres of London and New York and looking to Asia as a place to list and sell their shares, as well as their handbags. […]

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Emerging Resources Company Share Fund ranked 4th by Morningstar

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The Emerging Resources Company Share Fund managed by boutique equity fund manager E.I.M. Capital Managers celebrated its fifth anniversary at the end of April. It achieved a 15.8% pa return over the five years putting it in 4th place in the Morningstar rankings of over 2,000 retail investment trusts in Australia. “Our success comes from a […]

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