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Continued case for EM debt after ‘impressive’ gains

Despite rallying for two years, the fundamental case for further gains in emerging markets local currency bonds remains strong, according to Paul McNamara. The GAM Investments expert on the subject argues, strongly, for the asset class’s inclusion in a broader…

Paris Hilton may be sending us all a warning

We all know that when taxi drivers start giving out investment advice it’s time to sell out of the market. So, what about when the wisdom is being handed out by celebrity and reality TV star Paris Hilton? Hilton has…

Why planners are leaving their dealer groups… in droves

The financial planning sector is an extraordinary part of the wealth chain because it carries incredible value as a result of its distribution capabilities. The dichotomy, however, is that the sector is trying very hard not to be seen as…

Robo advice helps women more than men

Digital advice, such as the various ‘robo’ offerings increasingly available through big super funds, is having a bigger impact on women than men, according to robo-adviser Decimal. In its latest ‘Digital Insights Report’ the listed company says that there has…

Market anomalies: key to throwing an investment ‘curveball’

For anyone who has seen the movie ‘Moneyball’, or better still read the book of the same name, looking for opportunities in equities and fixed income markets can be a lot like picking players in a baseball team. Identifying market…

Baby-boomer drawdown requires insurer’s touch – AXA IM

Asset owners and managers are experiencing a wave of clients moving into the drawdown phase, with 40 per cent of the current value of superannuation moving to retirement over the next five years. So what are their strategies? Investment strategies…

Economic shifts in Asia create buying opportunities

The Chinese Government has taken steps to insure their economy against risks from continued accelerated growth and to reduce corporate debt levels, but China is still full of buying opportunities, according to Nikko Asset Management. China has changed its economic…

Advisers lift profits but more needed on new industry challenges

By Matthew Lee Financial advice groups have taken steps to improve their business profitability but they have tended to neglect important fundamental changes necessary to future-proof their businesses, according to a new research report. According to the report, commissioned by…

ASX security shuts down investor alert service

The ASX has introduced ‘anti web-crawling’ software which has stopped the commercial operation of companies which provide investors with alerts about their favourite stocks. One such company, InvestorPA, which has been operating for about six years and has a strong…

Morningstar downgrades Ausbil on staff exits

By John Kavanagh Morningstar has downgraded the Ausbil MicroCap fund to negative, following the departure of key staff, and it has maintained two Acadian funds at neutral after the departure of the Australian head of investments. Ausbil has subsequently freezed redemptions…