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Zenith boss warns on ‘overwhelming’ market consensus

Zenith CEO David Wright has warned that advisers are turning away from alternative assets at a time when they may become more important than ever. Speaking to media on Thursday, Wright voiced concerns that advisers were abandoning alternative assets despite the possibility of “stronger than forecast inflation” and heightened market volatility. “There does appear to…

Lachlan Maddock | 3rd Jun 2021 | More
Capacity constraints, not money printing, are real inflation threat

The Inside Network welcomed financial advisers, asset consultants, and family offices from around the globe for its first Equities and Growth Assets Symposium this year. At a packed-out event, some of the brightest minds collaborated and discussed the challenges and opportunities in equity markets at a time when the world is seen to be entering…

Ishan Dan | 10th May 2021 | More
Investors demanding climate focused investments

Australia’s longest standing responsible investment firm, Australian Ethical, recently combined with research house, Investment Trends, to survey investors on their ESG views. The survey covered 2,854 investors and 321 financial advisers, all of whom are based in Australia. Despite the growing popularity of ESG strategies and headlines being dominated by “green-focused” policies in the US…

Staff Writer | 6th May 2021 | More
  • New regulatory framework taking shape for advisers

    April may well be remembered as the beginning of the next phase of financial advice in Australia. While the establishment of FASEA may have had far reaching implications, a triumvirate of news this week is set to shape the way advice is delivered and advisers are regulated for decades to come. Leading the headlines was…

    The Inside Adviser | 22nd Apr 2021 | More
    Life Insurance Framework review moved to Treasury

    Towards the end of last year, ASIC began preparations to request relevant documentation from major dealer groups around life insurance advice. This year is a vital year for the life insurance industry because it’s when ASIC will review the Life Insurance Framework (LIF). The Federal Government had organised to this review back in 2017/18, when…

    Ishan Dan | 22nd Apr 2021 | More
    ‘Rational bubble’, but crypto acceptance increasing

    Europe’s largest asset manager, with EUR$1.4 trillion ($2.2 trillion) in investor funds, Amundi Asset Management, recently weighed into the cryptocurrency phenomenon, releasing a ‘Blue Paper’ on the topic. It offers a unique insight from a traditional fund manager on what is a clearly non-traditional asset class. From the outset the authors, deputy CIO Vincent Mortier…

    Staff Writer | 6th Apr 2021 | More
  • Financial advisers in need of better data

    Not that long ago a fund manager could provide a mesmerising presentation slide on how it uses “big data.” Examples might be using Google Earth to discern real-time movement in shopping centres, building activity based on shadowing over the day and seasons as structures grew in size, right down to the mundane of what was…

    Giselle Roux | 18th Mar 2021 | More
    Hub 24 voted best platform by advisers

    The innovative wealth management platform is recognised as Australia’s Best Platform Overall by Investment Trends, and its managed portfolio solution recognised as the Best Platform Managed Accounts Functionality – a title the platform has held close to its chest for the last five years. The Investment Trends Competitive Analysis and Benchmarking report “measures platform functionality across a…

    Staff Writer | 4th Mar 2021 | More
  • Are you winning enough clients?

    Summary: There has been a rapid and large-scale shift across many industries towards working remotely. Organisations are investing in remote working technology and infrastructure. The popularity of virtual communication platforms has surged. COVID-19 took the world by storm, bringing economies to their knees, schools deserted, shopping centres empty, entire sectors were closed as people were…

    Ishan Dan | 25th Feb 2021 | More
    PIMCO caught in fake bond scam

    PIMCO Australia last night (February 22) warned advisers nationally that its name had been used in bond scams which ASIC uncovered in January. They are “raising millions of dollars”, ASIC said. The scam, targeting Australian investors, involves an offer of unrealistically high returns on the supposed investment in bonds, which the big manager says are…

    Greg Bright | 22nd Feb 2021 | More