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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Managers Take Different Approaches To Address Mortgage Fund Liquidity With Mixed Outcomes, says S&P

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Standard & Poor’s Fund Services’ rated nine mortgage fund products as part of its Australian Fixed Interest -Mortgages sector review. The funds included six conventional mortgage funds, two hybrid funds, and one high-yield mortgage fund in the rated peer group, released today. More than half the fund ratings remained stable at three stars, but there […]

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S&P Three-Star ‘NEW’ Rating for Australian Unity Diversified Property Fund

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Standard & Poor’s Fund Services today assigned its three-star ‘NEW’ rating to the Australian Unity Diversified Property Fund, managed by Australian Unity Property Funds Management Ltd. In September 2010, Australian Unity Investments (AUI) acquired the previous responsible entity and renamed the fund. Since then, it has clearly articulated its investment strategy and has focused on […]

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Household wealth levels nears 3-year high; Company cash holdings at a 11-year high

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Financial accounts The financial wealth of Australians rose in the December quarter – largely due to 4.5 per cent rise in equity markets. Net financial assets of households rose by 3.4 per cent after rising by 8.1 per cent in the September quarter. Per capita financial wealth rose by almost $1,400 to $46,330 in the […]

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The Great Sendai Earthquake of 2011

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Perspectives At 2.46pm on Friday March 11, an earthquake measuring 9.0 on the Richter scale occurred off the north east coast of Japan near Sendai, triggering a 10 metre tsunami that was felt across the Pacific Ocean. The earthquake has been ranked as the fifth largest in modern history and the biggest in Japan. Main […]

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White Paper: How important is Currency?

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Currency Background Currency markets are one of the largest and most liquid in the world. Economic variables like interest rates, economic growth, inflation and productivity are some of the drivers of currency movements making predicting currency difficult.  Extreme fluctuations in currency can have a meaningful impact on client returns and can also impact the ability […]

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Wealth rebounds; Aussie companies cashed up

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Financial accounts; Imports Australian companies are maintaining very liquid balance sheets. Corporate Australia held a record $271.4 billion in cash and deposits as at September. As a proportion of total financial assets, companies held 30.7 per cent of financial assets in cash – the highest in 11 years Super fund holdings of cash assets rose […]

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Investors returning to listed property for attractive income streams

A recovery that’s supported by a ‘back to basics’ approach is offering listed property  investors the traditional returns they’ve been denied in the recent past, according to Brett McNeill, Investment Manager at Aviva Investors. According to Mr McNeill, Aviva Investors has seen strong signs that the listed property sector is recovering from its ‘self inflicted […]

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Threadneedle’s outlook and investment themes for 2011

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Reasonable global growth led by emerging economies, but markets remain fragile and shocks will trigger volatility Mark Burgess, incoming Chief Investment Officer at Threadneedle, looks ahead to 2011: “Our central case for 2011 is one of reasonable global growth led by emerging markets. Against this backdrop world equity markets look good value, particularly against government […]

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Russell enhances diversified products to include new strategies and tailored asset allocations

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Russell Investments has today announced a series of enhancements to the strategic asset allocation (SAA) of its suite of diversified managed funds and pooled superannuation trusts (superannuation investment vehicles). They include three new sector strategies for its diversified portfolios and mean products that are more tailored to clients in areas such as liquidity and tax […]

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