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The last financial year has been a strong period for super fund portfolios. Equity markets posted solid gains both in Australia and offshore, up 13.7% and 15.4% respectively. Returns were also positive across other asset classes such as direct property and infrastructure, and bond returns, although modest, were much stronger than the previous year. Overall,...
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Commercial real estate is a unique asset class that acts and performs differently from other investment classes. It is generally characterised by relatively low total-return volatility and high-income stability. As part of a multi-asset portfolio, commercial real estate can provide several benefits, such as an attractive risk-return profile and low correlation with other asset classes...
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Active ETFs are proactively managed and aim to outperform their benchmark or objective. But they share many attributes with ETFs which are passively managed and aim to track a particular benchmark: Buying and selling via a live market price on the ASX using a full service or online broker Can be managed and reported in...
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Key Points Emerging market equities have performed poorly since the beginning of the year. More recently, trade tensions between the US and China, a rising US dollar and issues in individual emerging market economies have hit emerging markets. The last emerging market downturn was in 2015 on the back of Chinese growth concerns, a devaluation...
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At its meeting today, the Board decided to leave the cash rate unchanged at 1.50 per cent. The global economic expansion is continuing. A number of advanced economies are growing at an above-trend rate and unemployment rates are low. The Chinese economy continues to grow solidly, with the authorities paying increased attention to the risks...
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The next interest rate change may be down rather than up, as the Reserve Bank of Australia grapples with falling property prices and low inflation according to AMP Capital Head of Investment Strategy and Chief Economist, Shane Oliver. Oliver’s view on the where the RBA may go with rates is in sharp contrast to the...
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Infrastructure investing is changing fast as evolving global trends throw up new opportunities. The rise of emerging Asian economies, climate change, technological disruption and the ageing demographic are transforming the demand for essential facilities across the developed world and beyond. This is creating exciting investment opportunities for infrastructure investors who are examining this expanding asset...
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Dermot Ryan, Portfolio Manager, Australian Equites, AMP Capital Resource companies are enjoying a resurgence in profits based on higher commodity prices and lower unit costs. Now many of you might think, “well we’ve had booms before.” The big difference this time is that there is still a strong focus on reducing the price of production,...
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Driven by falling markets in Sydney and Melbourne, national house prices fell 0.1% in May, according to figures from property analytics group Core Logic. For the year from 31 May 2017 to 31 May 2018, prices were down 0.4% marking the first annual fall since October 20121. But AMP Capital’s Head of Investment Strategy and...
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At its meeting today, the Board decided to leave the cash rate unchanged at 1.50 per cent. The global economy has strengthened over the past year. A number of advanced economies are growing at an above-trend rate and unemployment rates are low. The Chinese economy continues to grow solidly, with the authorities paying increased attention...
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