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The great crypto debate

Bitcoin’s volatility means that institutional investors have historically steered well clear. But the times are a-changing, and even skeptics believe the cryptocurrency will have its day. Cryptocurrency is clearly here to stay. While most investors watch its massive price swings

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Tech sell-off an opportunity, not a threat

It didn’t take long to see headlines about another technology sector sell-off feed through the market. It seems like a monthly occurrence that the threat of higher bond yields sends the technology sector into free fall. The most common explanation

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Ox sees silver lining in emerging markets sell-off

While the worst of the September-October sell-off in emerging markets is probably over, the sector is still in a tailspin. But the best thing about starting low is that can aim high. For many investors, China’s recent regulatory crackdown has

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‘Unprecedented times’ in annuities rush

“So much of our advice process and even our industry has grown up around the accumulation process in superannuation,” says Angela Murphy, CEO of Challenger Life. “It’s been about saving that money. But there is now a greater focus on

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ESG leader launches long-short strategy

BNP Paribas Asset Management has an enviable record of being a sustainable investment leader. Not only has it continued to build on previous commitments to align with the Paris Agreement and improve transparency, but BNP has launched a raft of

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Why Blackrock is bullish on China

Listening to a podcast this week, it was eye-opening to hear an alternate view to the current simplistic views being espoused about markets being ‘overvalued’ or in ‘bubble’ territory. The point made on the popular Animal Spirits podcast was that

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Federation launches second private equity strategy

Federation Asset Management recently launched its second alternative investment fund, the Federation Alternative Investment Fund II. The strategy will invest in unlisted private assets, with a dedicated approach towards allocating capital to renewable energy investments, real estate investments and investments

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Advisers can capitalise on YFYS

Whether we like it or not, the industry super fund sector has been one of the biggest competitors to financial advisers supporting retail clients. The combination of significant marketing budgets, strong headline returns and a near-clean-sheet through the Royal Commission

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Australian Ethical broadens mandate

Australian Ethical, one of the leaders in ethical superannuation and investments both domestically and around the world this week flagged a change to their ‘Advocacy’ fund. Launched in 2010, the purpose of the Advocacy Fund was to invest into a

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The great crypto debate

Bitcoin’s volatility means that institutional investors have historically steered well clear. But the times are a-changing, and even

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