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All four major banks increased interest rates during October, citing their reason for the rate hike due to increased pressure from the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA) for financial institutions to adhere to the 10% cap on property investor lending growth. Given that we are set to be operating in a low-growth environment for the...
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Investor preferences and portfolio segmentation create anomalies Given the low correlation between global listed infrastructure and the broader equity market, an allocation to this asset class can offer investors the important benefits of diversification. In addition to this, in recent years global listed infrastructure has delivered  higher risk-adjusted returns than the broader global equity market...
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We all know that market volatility can affect investment performance over the short-term. However, to change your entire investment strategy in response to short-term market movements can have devastating effects on the generation of your long-term wealth. Successful investment strategies that use a dynamic asset allocation approach enable investors to retain a long-term vision while...
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Shareholders should – and are –becoming increasingly savvy to the impact data and cyber security can have on their investments. With the security risks that are presented by data collection and storage, and with cyber crime an inevitable by-product of our escalating online existence, shareholders want to be confident that boards have the issue of...
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Concern around growth in China and the potential for emerging market (EM) stress has led to increased concern among investors. A recent fund manager survey noted that 75% of participants see a recession in China or an emerging market debt crisis as the most concerning tail risks. The September Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) statement...
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Australian listed real estate has had a strong run in recent years, with the S&P/ASX 200 A-REIT Index delivering a return of 18.4% to investors in the three years to 31 July 2015. In this article we discuss Australian real estate investment trusts (A-REITs) and what they can offer investors who are seeking a diversified...
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An estimated US$78 trillion will be required for global infrastructure investment over the next two decades.1 The majority of infrastructure requirements are dominated by the core sectors of transport, energy, water and communications. Additional infrastructure requirements outside of these sectors include roads, airports, port and loading facilities, health, education and other community service provisions. Regional...
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Global investment market turmoil has continued this past month, although some signs of stabilisation are starting to emerge. We view these falls as a correction and remain positive in terms of the bull market we’ve been experiencing in shares. In this video, Shane Oliver, Chief Economist and Head of Investment Strategy at AMP Capital, provides...
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Recent and upcoming changes to bank regulation have brought and will continue to bring positive benefits in terms of improving the stability of the financial system. At the same time however, they have also impacted the market-making ability of banks, and reduced secondary market liquidity (i.e. the ability to buy or sell an asset without...
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Banks have been top performers before correcting The banks represent a large portion of Australia’s share market. The ’big four’ banks have been top global performers (in local currency terms) and a very large driver of our stock market rally particularly since the Euro-crisis days of 2012. All four major banks have outperformed the index....
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