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Solving for the retiree problem with innovation

The solution to Australia’s retirement problem requires a focus on providing for a ‘sufficient income for life’, rather than recommending low yield / low growth or so-called 'low risk' asset allocations.

Vanguard’s roadmap to financial security

A framework for decision-making in retirement involves determining retirement goals, understanding the risks, assessing available financial resources, and developing a plan to achieve goals and mitigate risks.

The growing role of ESG in infrastructure

ESG factors are central to the sustainability of an asset, and are especially critical for assets owned by global listed infrastructure companies given their fixed nature, lengthy lives, and centrality to economic growth and the smooth running of society.

What does the future of fixed interest look like?

Insights from the Fixed Income Beyond the Institutional Sector Summit 2019, defining the key megatrends that will shape the future and help build portfolios that deliver over the long term.

Stay the course - 2019 Vanguard Index Chart

While you can’t control investment markets, there are things you can control when it comes to investing, such as focusing on the long term, diversifying your portfolio, and not paying more than you need to invest.

Choose the ‘equity escalator’ not the ‘equity rollercoaster’

The asymmetrical relationship between gains and losses suggests that limiting losses has a more powerful effect on long-term growth than achieving an equivalent nominal positive return.

The green bond market: from inception to today

Green bonds have been in the marketplace for a little over a decade – a slither of time compared to bank lending or government bonds. But it is undoubtedly among the fastest growing of the fixed income instruments.

Australian ETF Review: June 2019 half-year

The first six months of 2019 saw records broken in the ETF industry, which broke the $50 billion milestone while new product development continued. For the first time ever, fixed interest had the highest inflows.

Emphasise the essentials of long-term investing

Developing and overseeing a retirement-spending strategy can be a complex undertaking. As both life expectancies and the number of retirees who will need to rely on their superannuation portfolios increase, so too will the challenges facing retirees.

Structural shifts in Australian real estate

The proliferation of online shopping has heralded a structural shift in the marketplace. With it comes challenges for investors, particularly passive investors whose portfolio returns depend, in part, on history repeating itself.

BetaShares Australian ETF Review – May 2019

The Australian ETF industry hit a new record of $48.7 billion in funds in May, and has now piled on over $10 billion in the last 12 months. Aussie shares and bonds were popular, with both categories receiving ~$250 million. Find out what the best-performing funds were and which products are attracting the highest inflows.

From assets to income: A goals-based approach to retirement

Developing and overseeing a retirement-spending strategy can be a complex undertaking. As both life expectancies and the number of retirees who will need to rely on their superannuation portfolios increase, so too will the challenges facing retirees.

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Most investors are wrong on dividend yield as income

The current yield on a share or trust is simply the latest dividend divided by the current share price, an abstract number at a point in time. What really matters is the income delivered in the long run.

My 10 biggest investment management lessons

A Chris Cuffe classic article that never ages. Every experienced investor develops a set of beliefs about how markets operate.

Lessons from the Future Fund for retail investors

The Annual Report from Australia's sovereign wealth fund reveals new ways it is investing in fixed income and alternatives. The Fund considers its portfolio as one overall risk position with downside protection in one asset class allowing more risk in another.

Four companies riding the healthcare boom

There are strong demographic trends in ageing and consumer spending and investing in the right healthcare companies can ride this wave as well as produce better health outcomes for people. 

Five reasons SMSFs are making asset allocation changes

Substantial changes are underway in SMSFs which until recently held a narrow range of assets dominated by cash, term deposits and Australian equities. Trustees have never faced so many choices.

All’s fair in love and super: why couples should equalise super

Changes implemented by super reforms since 1 July 2017 have brought greater incentives for spouses to equalise their superannuation balances, including tax and estate planning benefits.

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