APRA’s relaxation of lending standards welcomed

The Australian Prudential Regulation Authority’s plan to relax the rules for home lending, with the removal of the serviceability interest rate floor, has been welcomed as a “sensible” move that will increase…

Investment ‘product of the decade’ worries regulators

As far as Robert Taylor is concerned, exchange traded funds are “the product of the decade”, and that worries him. Taylor chairs the committee on investment management at the International Organisation of…

People: NSX loses its CEO

Ann Bowering has resigned as chief executive of the National Stock Exchange (NSX) after three years. She has been with the NSX for 10 years and oversaw the restructure of the company.…

Negative gearing isn’t a rort – but something else is

Perhaps the most woefully misunderstood economic issue of the election campaign has been negative gearing. I’ve been baffled by the number of times I’ve read commentary by otherwise thoughtful people describing negative…

Going underweight US tech stocks

Global equity investor Hexavest has gone underweight the US market, including its large tech stocks, citing a number of indicators that point to a deteriorating macro environment. Hexavest is a contrarian investor…

Rush to super fund consolidation needs a rethink

With further consolidation in the superannuation industry a certainty, asset consultant Frontier Advisors has investigated whether there is evidence to back the arguments commonly used to support the push for fund mergers.…

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APRA’s relaxation of lending standards welcomed

The Australian Prudential Regulation Authority’s plan to relax the rules for home lending, with the removal of the serviceability interest rate floor, has been welcomed as a “sensible” move that will increase borrowing capacity. APRA announced yesterday the proposed removal…

Investment ‘product of the decade’ worries regulators

As far as Robert Taylor is concerned, exchange traded funds are “the product of the decade”, and that worries him. Taylor chairs the committee on investment management at the International Organisation of Securities Commissions, which is currently doing a study…

People: NSX loses its CEO

Ann Bowering has resigned as chief executive of the National Stock Exchange (NSX) after three years. She has been with the NSX for 10 years and oversaw the restructure of the company. NSX has appointed Matthew Loughnan as interim chief…

Negative gearing isn’t a rort – but something else is

Perhaps the most woefully misunderstood economic issue of the election campaign has been negative gearing. I’ve been baffled by the number of times I’ve read commentary by otherwise thoughtful people describing negative gearing as a distortion of the property market…

Going underweight US tech stocks

Global equity investor Hexavest has gone underweight the US market, including its large tech stocks, citing a number of indicators that point to a deteriorating macro environment. Hexavest is a contrarian investor and its current position is informed by a…

Rush to super fund consolidation needs a rethink

With further consolidation in the superannuation industry a certainty, asset consultant Frontier Advisors has investigated whether there is evidence to back the arguments commonly used to support the push for fund mergers. It is not convinced. Over the 10 years…

YBR to focus on the mortgage market

Yellow Brick Road is getting out of the wealth business and will focus solely on the mortgage market. The company announced last week that it would start of process to “dispose of, outsource or otherwise restructure the head office wealth…