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A list of lists on the 2019 investment outlook

2017 was a great year for well diversified investors – returns were solid (balanced super funds returned around 10%) and volatility was low. So optimism was high going into 2018 but it turned out to be anything but great for investors who saw poor returns (average balanced super funds look to have lost around 1-2%) and volatile markets.

Commercial property: Where’s the rent growth?

Over the next few years look fascinating, real estate (and indeed all investment classes) must navigate a raft of global economic and investment cross currents and challenges.

Equity Infrastructure Valuations

Global institutional demand for infrastructure assets has risen substantially during recent years and with portfolio allocations to infrastructure expected to rise, global demand is likely to remain strong over the medium to long term.

Greenhouse gas emissions: risks and challenges for portfolios

“The Paris Climate Change Agreement highlights the commitment of countries to address climate change. It reinforces the need for both investors and companies to assess, communicate and manage their climate change risks. The task is not without its challenges.

SMSF – A guide to fixed income investing in a volatile environment

As the global search for yield continues, corporate bonds can play an important role in an investor’s portfolio. They can provide capital stability and a steady stream of income.

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Howard Marks' anatomy of an unexpected rally

Markets can swing quickly from optimism to pessimism, and while there are more positives now than in the bleak early days in March, the market is ignoring many negatives. Risk is not rewarded at these levels.  

Why are we convinced 'this time it's different'?

Investors tend to overstate the impact on investments when something significant happens and they assume the future will be different. COVID-19 has been dramatic, but is it really that unusual?   

Superannuation

Super fund performance and rank depends on risk

APRA's heatmap has profound implications as it shows which super funds are underperforming in a period. But when good markets are compared with poor markets, one in five of funds changes its assessment.    

Investment strategies

Why women are most hurt by financial pandemic

Many people were financially unprepared for a pandemic, but it is women who are suffering most because they earn less, have interrupted careers and have less risk-taking capacity.

Superannuation

What is happening with SMSFs? Part 2

The latest SMSF data shows retirees favour listed shares and cash to maintain liquidity. SMSFs continue to grow, and the new super rules led to changes in contributions, payments and lump sums.

Retirement

Retirement dreams face virus setback

A new survey of over 1,000 people near or in retirement found three in four are not confident how long their money will last. Only 18% felt their money was safe during a strong economic downturn.

Superannuation

Common confusions with death benefit pensions

Awareness of common misunderstandings in relation to the payment of death benefit pensions can assist in estate planning matters. Given the large amounts involved, seeking professional advice helps.

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