Hybrids still hold appeal


The demand for hybrid securities was stronger than ever and would continue to play out as an important trend for investments in 2013, a financial services executive said yesterday. Earlier this year, Rivkin chie.. Read More

Opinion – Income can be protected from rising rates


Many market commentators have warned that investors face significant losses on their income portfolios as yields around the world begin to rise from record lows. Their warnings gained some validity when bond yie.. Read More

Affinity purchase offers advice to all stages


Wealth management firm Affinity Group has launched a Brisbane practice offering ‘life cycle’ advice services by purchasing 50 per cent of a practice formerly operating under AMP advice group Hillross. .. Read More

ASIC bans PIS adviser for dishonest conduct


A former Professional Investment Services (PIS) financial planner has been permanently banned from providing financial services for engaging in dishonest conduct and misleading clients. Between September 2010 an.. Read More

Govt announces financial services tax changes


The federal government has announced a range of changes to financial services tax arrangements that it said would help to “mature the industry”. The changes were a response to industry concerns abo.. Read More

Renewable energy in DomaCom’s sights


Fractional investment platform DomaCom has set its sights on renewable energy investment by signalling its intention to crowdfund the purchase of a $4.3 million property in northern New South Wales, with investors ex.. Read More

Euro banks to boom in high-rate environment


European financial services stocks presented a strong opportunity for value-focused global equities investors given the reform of the regional economy in favour of well-capitalised and customer-centric banks, accordi.. Read More

Economic recovery boosting infrastructure


The current period of global economic recovery had placed infrastructure firmly on the agenda for several major economies, resulting in a significant opportunity for Australian infrastructure investors, according to .. Read More

Opinion – Floating rates offer fixed income complement


In today’s world of very low interest rates, investors face a challenging trade-off in seeking decent income returns outside of the volatile equity market. While cash and deposit products offer relative securit.. Read More

ETFs flourish in macro instability


Australian equities products have dominated inflows in the local exchange traded fund (ETF) market during the first half of 2017, with macroeconomic instability helping to nudge investors back towards their home mark.. Read More

Countplus launches Harvard scholarship


Countplus has announced the creation of a new educational scholarship to honour the group’s founder, Barry Lambert, saying it hoped it would help to build a culture within its advice firms that fostered organis.. Read More

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