Investment outlook after another solid financial year

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Key points The past financial year saw solid to strong returns from most asset classes drive good returns from balanced and growth oriented investment strategies, including from super funds. Investors should expect returns to slow over the year ahead, but they are likely to remain solid as share valuations are still reasonable, the global economy […]

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Investment Trends: Investor fear level returns in March

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After investor concern levels fell to a forty-one month low of 5.9 out of 10 in February, fear levels have bounced back to 6.3 in March against a backdrop of increased market volatility. The March 2013 Investor Intentions Index, released this week, is a monthly report that takes the pulse of Australian investors’ sentiment and […]

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Investor return expectations finally leap through the fear barrier

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Falls in investor fear throughout 2012 were not translating into higher return expectations and the intention to invest until now, according to new research by Investment Trends. The January 2013 Investor Intentions Index, released last week, is a monthly report that takes the pulse of Australian investors’ sentiment and investment intentions, and is based on […]

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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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Clients happy with advisers’ trustworthiness and knowledge

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The latest Lifeplan ICFS Financial Advice Satisfaction Index shows that investors are satisfied with the trustworthiness and knowledge of their financial advisers, although they feel somewhat pessimistic about the performance of their investments overall. The survey of 418 investors who use financial advisers was undertaken in September by the University of Adelaide’s International Centre for […]

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Equity market sentiment rebounds but investors cling to safe haven assets

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Majority of Australian investors bullish on local equity market Investors could miss out on opportunities in volatile markets by being too risk adverse Investor sentiment in Australia is on the rise and there is a markedly more bullish attitude to Australian equities, according to the quarterly ING Investor Dashboard Sentiment Index released today. However, it […]

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Investor sentiment negative

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The latest Financial Services Council/CoreData Investor Sentiment Index shows investor confidence remains negative for the second quarter in a row. The Index, prepared by CoreData for the Financial Services Council, shows investor sentiment fell a further 0.5 points to -9.0 in quarter three 2010. Sentiment is now more than 16 points lower than at the […]

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More than 50% of investors intend returning to commercial property investment, says Charter Hall survey

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Most investors intend to increase their exposures to listed and unlisted property over the next year, and will invest sizable sums, according to the findings of a new Charter Hall Group (ASX: CHC) Investor Forum survey. In a sign of renewed confidence in the sector following the GFC, the survey of nearly 400 Self Managed […]

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S&P and ASX launch equity volatility index

Standard & Poor’s (S&P) and the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX), a subsidiary of the ASX Group, announce the launch of an Australian equity volatility benchmark – the S&P/ASX 200 VIX (ASX code: XVI) – which will be available commencing Thursday, 23 September 2010. The S&P/ASX 200 VIX will be an end-of-day index that reflects investor […]

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Ignore the confusion in global markets to find outstanding opportunities

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One could be excused for feeling that recent global equity market activity is overly confusing. The bipolar combination of market euphoria today, and despair tomorrow, repeats itself over and over. Whilst a source of frustration to investors, these wild fluctuations are quite understandable when their underlying drivers are assessed and therefore should not influence investors […]

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