ESG issues

Top 10 ESG issues for 2019

More investors than ever are expecting fund managers to allow for Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) issues, but what are the major factors for 2019?

uncertain markets; populism

How populism heightens portfolio risk

The worldwide trend to populism loosens fiscal restraint, leading to asset price inflation and forcing investors to focus on a range of low probability but potentially material risks.

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Watch for LICs that never return to par

Some investors buy LICs at a discount in the hope of extra gain when the discount is removed, but it might never happen. There’s a way of judging the discount relative to its historic norms.

common mistakes to avoid

5 common mistakes in running an SMSF

The tax benefits of holding money in an SMSF come with a responsibility to follow the rules, and the penalties can be severe for what seem like innocent or mistaken breaches.

Active ETFs

Active ETFs are a great Aussie invention

All vehicles come with pros and cons versus alternatives, and Active ETFs have a wide range of appealing characteristics in which Australia has led the world. Many more Active ETFs will be launched.

Hayne pointing

8 problems the Royal Commission missed

The Royal Commission did good work but it is not above criticism: faced with limited time, it spent too long on some subjects and missed crucial issues that will impact millions.

Final report

Royal Commission Final Report highlights

After a year of analysing financial services like it has never been done before, the RC Final Report was released today with 76 recommendations which are expected to be adopted. What will change?

bank trouble

The bank trouble started decades ago

The big institutions looked outside banking for growth, but found complex conglomerate structures hard to manage and needing different skills. Now it’s back to basics, just as another challenge looms.

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