Intermediaries driving ETF evolution


The growing acceptance of exchange-traded funds (ETF) by intermediaries such as financial planners and stockbrokers was one of the key catalysts that would help spur the maturation of Australia’s ETF sector in .. Read More

DomaCom unveils new retirement development


Fractional property investment group DomaCom has partnered with Akuna Lifestyle Estates to launch a new crowdfunded retirement community in regional Victoria. In a statement, the group said the new project would.. Read More

Caution vital for crypto-currency investors


As an emerging asset class, crypto-currencies are carving out a new investment opportunity for investors looking to diversify their portfolios, yet these same investors would be wise to remain prudent and look closer.. Read More

Compliance key for Beacon-Libertas merger


Compliance was the key factor in independent licensee Beacon Financial Group acquiring Libertas Financial Planning, according to the group’s managing director, Peter Daly. Speaking to financialobserver, D.. Read More

Smart beta next frontier for ETF industry


The rise of smart beta investing could pave the way for a new swathe of exchange traded funds (ETFs) that cater for a growing investor appetite for income while minimising risk, according to BlackRock. Speaking .. Read More

Super funds on course for eighth year surge


Super funds are likely to post a positive finish for the eighth consecutive financial year, yielding a 110 per cent return since the end of the global financial crisis (GFC), according to a Chant West media release. .. Read More

Opinion – Beware ETF risks as market turns


Since 2008, US mutual fund investors have liquidated more than US$800 billion of their holdings in actively managed equity mutual funds and purchased about US$1.8 trillion of equity index funds, or exchange traded fu.. Read More

At risk investors should try real returns


Too many investors believed a relative return against a market benchmark was the “ultimate measure of investment success” and were at risk of experiencing deep drawdowns, and those investors should inste.. Read More

Turn to BHP, Rio for hidden value


Current market conditions meant the real value of Australian mining giants BHP Billiton and Rio Tinto was being undercut and that was a real opportunity for investors to capture, according to UBS. Speaking at a .. Read More

Easton to acquire GPS IP Group


Listed financial services group Easton Investments is set to acquire a majority interest in GPS IP Group Holdings, the parent company of non-aligned dealer group GPS Wealth. In an ASX release yesterday, Easton .. Read More

Consumers lack awareness of insto ownership


Consumers remained unaware of the perils of vertical integration and improving their understanding of the full scope of available financial products was necessary to preserve the integrity of the advice profession, a.. Read More

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