Investors demand more competitive offerings from Alternative Strategies – Multi Asset Sector

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Notable changes have occurred in the Alternative Strategies – Multi Asset sector since Standard & Poor’s Fund Services’ last review in December 2009, according to the Sector Report published today. The growing demand for transparency, increased liquidity, fee structure changes, and lower stock-market beta products have increased competition in the sector. The classic fund of […]

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Lonsec releases its Global Equity Fund Sector Review

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Lonsec’s latest Global Equity Fund Sector Review included 36 large cap and three small cap funds. x Of these, nine large cap funds attained Lonsec’s top rating, Highly Recommended, including T. Rowe Price Global Equity Fund, Arrowstreet Global Equity Fund, Templeton Global Equities Fund, Aberdeen International Equity Fund (upgraded) and new entrant to Lonsec‟s universe, […]

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Stock picking in a turbulent world

Over the past 12 months, the macro themes driving stocks in Australia have led to the outperformance of small miners. The stocks have surged on the China story and the boost the low US dollar has given to commodity prices, rather than on company fundamentals. So how should stock pickers apply their craft when macro […]

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Can Indonesia be Asia’s star bourse for a third straight year?

Indonesia’s stock market in 2010 was the star performer among the 10 countries in the MSCI Asia ex-Japan Index for a second straight year.1 So far, however, 2011 hasn’t been as stellar. The good news for stock investors first. The Jakarta Composite index rallied 46% last year, after soaring 87% in 2009, as investors chased […]

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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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High Frequency Trading (HFT)

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Introduction Recently, trading speeds on stock markets have increased dramatically as technology has been brought to bear on decision making as well as the matching and execution of trades. High speed computers can now gather data, make a decision by applying complex algorithms and execute a trade, all in much less than 1,000th of the […]

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Emerging markets, emerging opportunities

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Lonsec recently completed its 2010 review of the Global Emerging Markets and Regional Equities sector following review meetings held in March and April. Duncan Knight, Senior Investment Analyst, recounts some of the key themes and observations from this review. The Global Emerging Markets (GEMs) and Regional Equities sector now encompasses 20 funds, an expanding universe […]

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Old favourites lose ground in Russell’s Australia high dividend index reconstitution

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Defensive stocks and financials dominate high dividend index Fosters and Telstra were down weighted Defensive stocks have proved to be the best choice for dividend yields in the Russell Australia High Dividend Index reconstitution, while old favourites such as Fosters, Qantas and Telstra were down-weighted. The reconstitution has added eight new high-yield stocks mainly in […]

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2010 – How ‘healthy’ are Australian practices?

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As Australia’s baby boomers move inexorably towards their retirement, many will turn to their financial adviser for help and guidance. How much will they need to fund their retirement? What about all those complex taxation rules? How can I begin to help my children out? And so the questions continue. This will undoubtedly place the […]

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Aussies embrace financial stocks

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Reserve Bank Bulletin The Reserve Bank Bulletin released yesterday has provided a breakdown of the ownership of Aussie equities. The portfolio allocations between households and institutional investors differ significantly. Mum and Dad investors hold 65 per cent of their portfolio in financial stocks – more than double the portfolio allocation of institutional investors. The large […]

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