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09.12.2019

Australian equities have lagged the recent rebound in global markets over the last quarter, although returns have still been positive. As we have …

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01.08.2019

Since we issued our primer on ESG two years ago there has been a substantial increase in the literature, emphasis and debate on ESG. Most pertinently …

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26.06.2019

The Australian equity market has continued to rise over the last couple of months, reaching multi-year highs despite some larger drawdowns …

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30.05.2019

- The domestic small cap universe is more diversified than large caps, which are dominated by resources and financials. - Small cap valuations, …

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02.04.2019

Despite limited gains in equity markets in March, the first quarter is shaping up as the strongest in some time thanks to the first two months of the …

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18.03.2019

- The Australian equity market outperformed global markets over February’s reporting season, although this was likely driven by other factors …

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14.03.2019

- Alternatives is best described as an approach to investing rather than an asset class. - Alternatives do not necessarily offer superior returns or …

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11.03.2019

An investment universe is usually defined by nominating a recognised index. However, there can be multiple indices for the same region, while in some …

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05.02.2019

The 2019 calendar year has started on a positive note, with global equity markets beginning to claw back some of the steep losses incurred in the …

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21.12.2018

- Australian large cap portfolios typically have a high concentration to ASX 20 stocks, which over the long term have produced solid returns, but …

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27.11.2018

The Australian equity market has not escaped the negative sentiment that has driven global equities lower over the last two months. After a …

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15.11.2018

The fall in equity markets since early October reflects a coincidence of issues that affect valuations.

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05.11.2018

- Next year’s Federal Election is already impacting the capital management decisions of ASX-listed companies, particularly those with large …

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14.10.2018

There are a large number of fixed income funds available to Australian investors. While some of these funds only invest in the domestic bond market, …

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10.09.2018

The Australian market continued to edge higher through August’s reporting season notwithstanding the factors at play over the last couple of …

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16.08.2018

Benchmark BBSW – This is the Bank Bill Swap Rate. It is a reference rate that many domestic floating rate notes are measured against. The …

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16.08.2018

The Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA) increased capital requirements for banks holding residential mortgage exposures. In addition to …

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14.08.2018

Australian Government bonds have been one of the best performing assets since the financial crisis with compression in yields driving up the price of …

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14.08.2018

This report looks at the types of market participants that exist in the bond market and the trends and changes that we have seen over time in terms …

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14.08.2018

In order to reduce the risk of an investment portfolio, it is beneficial to diversify funds into varied asset classes. This helps smooth the …

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14.08.2018

Consistent with the established approach to portfolio investment management, we recommend diversifying across selected fixed income managed funds.…

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20.06.2018

After a strong rebound off its intra-year low through April (including a run of six positive weeks), the Australian equity market has since …

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10.05.2018

April was a strong month for global equity returns, with Australia joining in the rally. While markets were particularly buoyant, in many cases the …

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29.03.2018

The last two months have seen a spike in equity market volatility to more ‘normal’ levels after the benign conditions that were in …

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01.02.2018

Over the last several weeks, the Australian equity market has failed to follow the generally positive lead provided by international equity markets …

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19.12.2017

The ASX 200 has consolidated at around 6,000 after strong performance in in past months, with the market on track for a double-digit total return for …

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19.03.2018

Giselle Roux of ­Escala Partners writes for the AFR 19 March 2018

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06.11.2017

After tracking sideways for several months in a row, the Australian sharemarket recorded solid gains in October, leading to best its month for the …

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26.09.2017

August’s reporting season has been the key focus for the domestic equity market over the last several weeks. Aggregate earnings growth for the …

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08.08.2017

The Australian sharemarket has traded within a tight range over the last two months, with broad macroeconomic drivers relatively mixed, including …

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23.06.2017

The concentration risk in the Australian sharemarket has been evident in the last six weeks, with domestic equities underperforming most developed …

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15.05.2017

Along with most other regions, the Australian sharemarket has tracked sideways over the last month, however there has been numerous drivers of …

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05.04.2017

Australian equities have continued to advance over the last couple of months, completing a sharp turnaround since early 2016. While the market has …

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10.02.2017

The Australian share market edged higher over the last six weeks, although the wind has come out of the initial post-US election rally that led to …

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13.12.2016

Politics has been the key theme driving investment markets over the last several weeks, with the US election soon followed by Italy's referendum on …

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27.10.2016

The last two months have had many drivers of equity returns – central banks (and interest rates), FY16 company reporting season, commodity …

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16.09.2016

Yesterday the Government released a number of proposed changes to their initial superannuation reforms that were announced on budget night this …

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25.08.2016

The capital structure of a company can be defined as various sources of funding to finance a company’s balance sheet. Companies issue bonds …

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01.08.2016

Equity markets have again navigated through the latest event risk – being the Brexit vote – and in many cases have pushed through to …

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06.07.2016

The federal election from last weekend remains in the balance.  Uncertainty surrounding who will form government, the influence of minor parties …

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27.06.2016

We believe that the political aspects and presumed cause of Brexit have been well covered by the media. It is therefore the financial consequences …

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20.06.2016

The most recent equity rally from mid-February to late-May has been driven by several factors, including weakening bond yields, more stable currency …

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24.05.2016

The familiar theme and sharemarket driver of lower interest rates has returned. Following weak inflation data for the March quarter, which was broad-…

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04.05.2016

Overall the budget announcements last night will be viewed as a positive for the Australian economy with the main winners being small business …

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26.04.2016

The range-bound performance of the ASX 200 has continued over the last month, although the drivers of return are markedly different to the trend of …

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17.03.2016

Equity markets globally have rebounded over the last four weeks, with many of the trends of the last few years reversing. Resource stocks have …

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18.02.2016

The Australian equity market has followed a similar path to international markets in the early part of 2016, although the losses have been more …

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25.01.2016

Investing in small capitalisation (small cap) equities can be an attractive way to diversify an Australian equities portfolio. As we illustrate in …

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24.12.2015

The last month has seen a continuation of many of the themes that influenced the Australian share market in 2015; weak commodity prices impacting the …

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23.11.2015

Alternatives is best described as an approach to investing rather than an asset class. A significant proportion of the investments do use equities, …

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17.11.2015

The Australian sharemarket has again underperformed global developed markets over the last month and is now effectively flat on a two month basis. …

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15.10.2015

The recent pick up in volatility has continued over the last month, although the fall experienced in September has been more than offset in the last …

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11.09.2015

As with many international equity markets, the Australian sharemarket has lost considerable ground over the last two months. Initially, it was a …

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08.09.2015

The recent sell off in equity markets can be ascribed to two issues: The potential growth of China: Implicitly, the many sectors which rely on China …

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14.07.2015

Despite a lot of noise in the market threatening to impact equity returns, investors may be surprised to learn that the Australian equity market has …

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30.06.2015

For some time many investors have largely dismissed the issues facing Greece due to the small size and relative unimportance of its economy. Its GDP …

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19.06.2015

After a strong start to the year, the Australian sharemarket has now given back most of these early gains, having lost some 7% since late April. …

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19.05.2015

Some of the more recent longer term trends that have driven returns in the Australian sharemarket reversed course in April and into early May. …

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13.05.2015

Last night the coalition delivered its second (and less controversial) budget with a smaller than expected deficit of $35.1 billion or 1.9% of …

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07.05.2015

Last August, BHP Billiton announced that it intended to spin off a group of its non-core assets into a new entity, which has since been named South32.…

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04.05.2015

Investing in the developing world is intuitively appealing, particularly given low growth in developed economies, yet is also complex due to a range …

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14.04.2015

As we have previously discussed at length, equity markets have been driven higher in recent years by interest rates that have continued to decline, …

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17.03.2015

The purpose of this report is to provide investors with summary attributes of Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) and Exchange Traded Product (ETPs). We …

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06.03.2015

The Australian sharemarket continued its solid start to the year in February, with the benchmark index rising each week for a total return of 6.9%. …

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12.02.2015

January was a tale of two halves, with the market declining early in the month before staging a remarkable recovery that extended into early February.…

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22.01.2015

The Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) sector comprises companies with a range of activities in the property sector. Predominantly these are 1) …

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22.01.2015

In this piece, we look at current issues in the retail sector. In the US, sales are spreading out over Thanksgiving into Cyber Monday. Retailers …

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20.01.2015

Consistent with the established approach to portfolio investment management, we recommend diversifying across selected fixed income managed funds. …

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23.12.2014

The drivers of the Australian share market over the last two months have followed similar themes to that of the rest of 2014 – weaker commodity …

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19.12.2014

Into year end Tradition requires us to cast our eyes forward at this time of the year and debate the potential investment influences and outcomes for …

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24.11.2014

Separately Managed Accounts (SMAs) provide investors with an alternative to a managed fund product with several additional benefits. In an SMA, …

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21.11.2014

In order to reduce the risk of an investment portfolio, it is beneficial to diversify funds into varied asset classes. This helps smooth the expected …

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21.11.2014

In order to reduce the risk of an investment portfolio, it is beneficial to diversify funds into varied asset classes. This helps smooth the …

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17.11.2014

If one was to go away at the end of August and return two months later they could be forgiven for assuming that little had changed in equity markets. …

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06.10.2014

September reminded investors of the volatility that can be experienced in equity markets, and the shorter term influences that can sometimes impact …

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10.09.2014

In our view a blend of fund managers within an asset class, in this case global equities, is the preferred portfolio construction. The ideal outcome …

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06.10.2014

In our view a blend of fund managers within an asset class, in this case global equities, is the preferred portfolio construction. The ideal …

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10.09.2014

It is common to see strongly held views on the use of external managers in an investment portfolio. Many express an aversion to fund managers due …

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08.09.2014

Robust share price gains over FY14 meant that earnings expectations were fairly high leading into August’s reporting season. While some …

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10.09.2014

It is common to see strongly held views on the use of external managers in an investment portfolio. Many express an aversion to fund managers due …

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11.08.2014

The Australian sharemarket started the financial year with a positive month, outpacing most global indices, although failing to match major Asian …

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01.07.2014

The key themes in the Australian market that were established in May extended into June, with the market continuing its recent run of tracking …

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01.06.2014

May was a month of consolidation for the Australian equity market, with the S&P/ASX 200 Accumulation Index inching higher over the course of the …

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01.05.2014

If anything, the low interest rate thematic that is providing support for global equities markets has been extended somewhat by the dovish tone …

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14.05.2014

Last night the Coalition Government delivered the 2014/2015 federal budget which is positioned with an objective to shrink the current deficit from 3.…

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04.04.2014

Investors may reflect on the patchy sideways trend in investment markets over the first quarter of the year and debate whether this is the …

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01.04.2014

The March quarter has seen mixed influences on equities from a macro perspective and at a stock-specific level. Macro news has generally been …

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19.03.2014

Reporting season for the first half of fiscal 2014 was the best in a number of years, based on a range of measures. The market’s earnings …

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11.03.2014

Following a number of investor presentations a number of common questions arose, which we have addressed in this report.

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01.03.2014

A challenge facing investors at present is whether the Australian equity market is overvalued. As we have noted previously, the concept of a 'market' …

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01.02.2014

Heading into reporting season we will defer commentary on individual stocks until next month post their results and instead provide comments on …

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01.01.2014

In this report we comment on three themes namely 1) Japan and its recent efforts to raise inflation and encourage investment, 2) the somewhat …

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24.12.2013

In the first of a series of ‘summer reading’ reports, we will touch on a number of investment ideas we expect to become important into …

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01.12.2013

One of the most challenging aspects of a portfolio is to manage risk. Every holding represents a view on the outlook for that company, …

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26.11.2013

Australia's energy sector has traditionally taken a back seat to our other commodity exports due to the smaller relative size of this industry …

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11.11.2013

With an anticipated flood of IPO's coming to the market, we provide a number of questions an investor can use to narrow the options.

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01.11.2013

There is a sense the leadership in the equity market is rotating. The early stages of a maturing profile in yield stocks is emerging in the …

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14.10.2013

In 2012, the sharp fall in the iron ore price triggered sequential changes to Australian investment markets. The shift towards yield stocks became …

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08.10.2013

In our view, the vast majority of investors will achieve their Australian equity portfolio requirements from selections out of the ASX200. We do …

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03.10.2013

The Australian banking sector is particularly important for most clients, given that most, if not all of the big four – Commonwealth Bank (CBA),…

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01.10.2013

While individual investors remain attracted to dividend yield due to the fall in interest rates, there are increasing signals that this theme …

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01.10.2013

Running commentary on equities will invariably include whether the market or individual stocks are cheap/expensive/good value/over priced etc. …

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23.12.2012

The unwinding of the super cycle in commodity pricing has seen the share prices of many mining companies suffer in the last couple of years, with …

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