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Edition 165

  • 22 July 2016

As the dust settles on last financial year, the updated performance numbers of local and global asset managers are surfacing. Less-experienced investors whose portfolios have barely kept pace with inflation can take heart. Many of the most sophisticated professionals are also struggling.

Lessons from recent results of CalPERS, Buffett and super funds

Major institutional asset managers struggled to meet their long-term return objectives last year, and conditions are not expected to improve. But the market usually throws up opportunities to outperform.

Innovation offers opportunities for investors

There are plenty of innovative companies out there, but sustained success needs barriers to entry, strong distribution, marketing and research budget and product differentiation.

Wealth managers need to focus on what clients really want

Success in wealth management requires meeting client demands for performance, engagement and trust. There are key areas where established businesses are out of step with client expectations.

10 reasons for poor hedge fund performance

The major hedge fund index has performed poorly in the last few years, and there are reasons why hedge funds might find excess returns elusive for a while longer.

Why Australian investors use offshore funds

There are legitimate reasons to use an offshore financial centre, which should not be confused with a tax haven where data is withheld from tax or regulatory authorities in other countries.

SMSF accountants and the unexploded grenade

The accounting profession has been sold a pup by the ASIC licensing rules which allow accountants to advise on SMSFs. It's a different business model requiring full financial risk and due diligence analysis.

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Too many retirees miss out on this valuable super fund benefit

With 700 Australians retiring every day, retirement income solutions are more important than ever. Why do millions of retirees eligible for a more tax-efficient pension account hold money in accumulation?

Reece Birtles on selecting stocks for income in retirement

Equity investing comes with volatility that makes many retirees uncomfortable. A focus on income which is less volatile than share prices, and quality companies delivering robust earnings, offers more reassurance.

Is the fossil fuel narrative simply too convenient?

A fund manager argues it is immoral to deny poor countries access to relatively cheap energy from fossil fuels. Wealthy countries must recognise the transition is a multi-decade challenge and continue to invest.

Superannuation: a 30+ year journey but now stop fiddling

Few people have been closer to superannuation policy over the years than Noel Whittaker, especially when he established his eponymous financial planning business. He takes us on a quick guided tour.

Anton in 2006 v 2022, it's deja vu (all over again)

What was bothering markets in 2006? Try the end of cheap money, bond yields rising, high energy prices and record high commodity prices feeding inflation. Who says these are 'unprecedented' times? It's 2006 v 2022.

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