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A transformational alternative future for AGL

Leading responsible investment manager, Australian Ethical, this week highlighted the unique challenges facing investors in a response to the events at AGL Energy (ASX:AGL) in recent weeks. While the group is clear that it has not invested in coal or oil companies in more than 30 years, the unique viewpoint of this fast-growing manager offers…

Drew Meredith | 10th Jun 2022 | More
Overcoming anchoring bias key to advisers amid volatility

To be a successful financial adviser, especially during times of peak volatility, it pays to understand and master the human cognitive biases that can often lead to poor decision-making. No doubt the recent share market rout has caused many investors to make poor decisions as a result of taking shortcuts or by being overconfident or…

Ishan Dan | 10th Jun 2022 | More
  • Appointments: On the move in finance

    The financial services market has been more active than ever in 2022, with the shortage of workers and significant growth leading to a flurry of activity in role and job changes. In this new column, we will seek to keep readers abreast of the major moves that have occurred each fortnight and welcome readers input…

    Ishan Dan | 9th May 2022 | More
    ‘Golden age” for quant in China

    “We all think we know China, but you won’t think of China the same way after this presentation” explained James Dunn, host of The Inside Network’s Equities and Growth Assets Symposium held in April. He was introducing Lewis Prescott, international CEO of Mingshi Investment Management, a multi-billion-dollar quantitative equity manager that recently launched in Australia….

    Ishan Dan | 28th Apr 2022 | More
  • Going against “the nirvana people are expecting”

    “If you ask 100 engineers how much steel and concrete are required to build a bridge, and 99 engineers say x amount of steel and y amount of concrete, and one engineer – just one – says half of x and half of y, I think there’s probably more chance of falling pregnant via wind…

    Staff Writer | 26th Apr 2022 | More
    ‘You don’t need to swing for the fences to get good returns’

    The passive vs. active debate remains alive and well, particularly in the larger company universe, where being different to the index is quite a challenge, and in many cases, a career risk. The consistent standout among the quarterly passive vs. active reports, however, has been the Australian smaller company sector. Globally recognised as companies valued…

    Ishan Dan | 26th Apr 2022 | More
    Passive flows creating opportunity in ‘less efficient’ global smalls

    Global smaller companies, defined broadly as those valued anywhere between $300 million and $5 billion, are offering one of the most compelling valuation opportunities in 20 years, says Simon Wood of Ausbil Investment Management. Speaking at The Inside Network’s leading Equities and Growth Assets forum this month, Wood highlighted the unique opportunity set and its…

    Drew Meredith | 26th Apr 2022 | More
    Pricing power is the only counter to inflation pressures

    ‘A thief in the night’ was the title of Stephen Hayes’ session at last weeks’ Equities and Growth Assets Symposium hosted by The Inside Network. Tasked with confronting the most significant and pressing issue facing investors and asset allocators around the world, Hayes managed to summarise it quite simple ‘pricing power’ is what really matters….

    Drew Meredith | 21st Apr 2022 | More
    Insurance, value or growth: pick your poison

    “If there’s one thing, I can tell everyone… is that gold is fire insurance, even better, gold is portfolio insurance,” said Ganesh Balendran speaking at The Inside Network’s Equities Symposium. Delivered in a unique technology-driven Pecha Kucha format. Balendran challenged delegates to consider the expanding use cases of ETFs amid a surge in volatility and…

    Ishan Dan | 17th Apr 2022 | More
  • Alphinity the latest to lower management fee on global strategy

    Reading media headlines today, advisors and investors may have missed one of the more powerful releases, for the long-term at least. It related to another management fee reduction by a leading active global equity manager. The Fidante-backed Alphinity announced that it would lower the fees on two of its global equity funds from May. These…

    Ishan Dan | 7th Apr 2022 | More
    Contrarian investing in the age of foolishness

    Markets are poised for more damage after a remarkable bull run, and Orbis Australia believes now is the time when contrarianism will prove its worth. “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness,” famously wrote Charles Dickens in “A…

    Staff Writer | 7th Apr 2022 | More
    Why Morningstar is doubling-down on Aussie fundies

    The “widow-maker” in the Australian investment context has long referred to those willing or stupid enough to take a short position on the “big four” banks. Being such a huge part of the benchmark and with clear government support, betting against the sector has carried too much career risk for many. But in 2021 and…

    Drew Meredith | 4th Apr 2022 | More
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