S&P Assigns Three-Star Rating To BT European Share Wholesale Fund

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Standard & Poor’s Fund Services today assigned its three-star rating to the BT European Share W fund, which is managed by MFS International (U.K.) Ltd. Relative performance has been good since MFS started managing the fund and it is meeting its objective over each rolling three-year period to March 31, 2011. Pleasingly, this has also been […]

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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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S&P:’New’ ratings Russell After Tax and Income Shares Funds

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S&P Rates Russell Australian After Tax Fund As Four Stars And Russell Enhanced Income Shares Fund As Three Stars   Standard & Poor’s Fund Services today assigned its four-star ‘NEW’ rating to the Russell Australian After Tax Fund and its three-star ‘NEW’ rating to the Russell Enhanced Income Shares Fund. x The Russell Australian After Tax Fund is […]

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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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Market correction provides opportunities in Asian markets

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The current correction in Asian equity markets will lead to an extended period of consolidation that gives investors the opportunity to take advantage of price weaknesses in strong companies, says Mr Evan Erlanson, Chief Investment Officer at Asian equities manager Seres Asset Management. “Despite the general market correction, we remain optimistic on the broad trend […]

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FPA “Ask an Expert” receives overwhelming response

Financial Planning Week 2011 prompts more financial questions The Financial Planning Association’s (FPA) ‘Ask an Expert’ free online financial advice service (www.goodadvice.com.au) has received overwhelming response from Australians seeking advice from Australia’s expert financial planning community. Over 100 questions have already been sent through to FPA members via the website. The FPA initiative which kicked […]

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Bank shares versus bank term deposits

Investors can get after-tax returns of around 9.00% from the Big 4 banks Australian Index Investments (Aii) believes that major Australian banks are now providing a better yield than is available from those banks’ term deposits. Australian banks have underperformed over the last 12 months and valuations now look very reasonable. Right now, PEs have […]

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What’s next for commodities?

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Growing concern about the strength of global demand recently prompted big falls in the price of many commodities. How much have commodities dropped? It depends. Take silver, which has been one of the fastest-rising commodities this year, fell the most losing 25% of its value in a five-day slide in early May. Oil prices also slid, […]

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Three new Vanguard ETFs quoted on the ASX

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Three new Vanguard Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) will this morning be officially quoted for trading on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX). Tapping into investor and adviser demand for simple, low cost and transparent investment solutions, ETF take-up in Australia has grown 70 per cent per annum over the past three years, to nearly $5 billion1 […]

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AMP: Weekly market & economic update

Headline developments of the past week The European debt crisis is continuing to rumble along with increasing talk of a “soft debt restructuring” for Greece which would involve extending the maturities on Greek debt but without changing the principle or interest rates. Greece announced that it would double the size of its austerity measures from […]

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