Australian Unity welcomes a mutual approach to delivering public services

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Welcoming the launch of the Business Council of Cooperatives and Mutuals’ white paper: Public Service Mutuals: a third way for delivering public services in Australia, Group Executive Kimina Lyall said the inherent characteristics of mutual organisations—focused on returning profits to improve services for members—make them ideally suited to deliver public services. Mutual companies such as Australian […]

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Whitepaper advocates that professional services outsourcing is less motivated by cost

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The most successful organisations have derived value from outsourcing in many ways beyond cost cutting. A recently released white paper postulates that businesses are able to drive growth, manage the challenges of attrition and provide value to their customers through outsourcing. The paper, titled Beyond Cost Cutting: Driving growth & efficiency in the accounting & […]

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Future of Financial Advice: FPA releases FoFA White Paper

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The Financial Planning Association of Australia (FPA) says a relevant and professional future for financial advice in Australia must uphold and adhere to the fundamental principle of preserving the best interest of Australian consumers. The FPA yesterday released a comprehensive White Paper outlining its position to achieve a relevant future framework that is both workable and […]

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Investing in demographics – identifying the growth winners

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Demographics is the most resilient and significant investment driver of our time, providing investors with greater certainty than many macroeconomic themes and allowing them to identify companies likely to benefit from compounding cash returns over the longer term, Fidelity Worldwide Investment said today. In a White Paper released titled ‘Investing in Demographics’, Fidelity’s portfolio managers, […]

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ETFs vs. direct share portfolios – the benefits of diversification

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Exchange traded funds that track broad share market indices can help direct share investors reduce risk in their portfolios and lower their transaction costs. In this paper, Vanguard Australia discusses portfolio construction theory and explain how including exchange traded funds in a concentrated, equally weighted portfolio of shares can reduce total risk (the overall volatility […]

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The 13th labour of Hercules: Capital preservation in the age of financial repression

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I think the world today could easily be described as the “Era of Uncertainty”. Problems threaten from almost every direction: the fiscal cliff looms, the U.S. Presidential Cycle is upon us, Europe’s troubles are clear for all to see, China appears to be slowing…indeed, the possibility of a global recession is non-egligible. Well-known and respected […]

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Diversification and investing in ‘quality’ are essential strategies for turbulent times

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In the recent white paper ‘Strategies for Turbulent Markets’, Fidelity Worldwide Investment (‘Fidelity’) examines how investors can improve and diversify their portfolios to weather turbulent markets, with a particular focus on ‘safe havens’ and alternatives. Given that market volatility is likely to remain in 2013, amid the US ‘fiscal cliff’ issue and a continued period […]

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Japan- after the quake, after the floods

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Japan’s recovery from the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami of March 11, 2011 has been so astounding that people rarely even think about the tsunami anymore. Even fewer remember that heavy rains in Thailand further disrupted the global production chain at the end of 2011. With so much accomplished, why do so few Japanese companies see […]

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The age of income

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The world economy is undergoing a restructuring: secular growth drivers are reshaping the balance of economic power; the demographics of longevity and aging populations are intensifying the retirement saving imperative; while the financial risk environment has been transformed by the 2008 credit crisis and ongoing sovereign debt crisis. The search for income – already a […]

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The Tides of Change

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Advisers optimistic in the face of reform Financial advisers have the determination and ability to adapt and grow despite ongoing industry changes, according to research released yesterday by the Association of Financial Advisers (AFA). AFA CEO Richard Klipin said that the “Tides of Change” research into adviser attitudes towards the Future of Financial Advice (FOFA) […]

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