September 14, 2020

ASX update; COVID-19 impacting Macquarie Group

Vaccine trial restart boosts markets, ASX strength to continue, COVID-19 impacting Macquarie Group A positive lead from Wall Street and news that AstraZeneca plc (NYSE:AZN) had resumed their vaccine trial sent the ASX 200 (ASX:XJO) 0.7% higher on Monday. Positive

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HESTA continues its evolution

The $52 billion health sector focused industry fund HESTA announced the appointment of Alan Sheen as head of portfolio management this week. Sheen comes direct from the private sector, leaving the absolute-return firm he founded, Dalton Street Capital, to add

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Interest free credit cards take on the BNPL

“If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em,” as Bugs Bunny would say. This is exactly what NAB and CBA have done to take on the Buy-Now-Pay-Later (BNPL) phenomenon. NAB was the first to launch its new StraightUp credit card, which

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JANA recruits from within for new insurance role

JANA Investment Advisers, Australia’s largest asset consulting firm, is expanding its insurance business, which until now has been most developed in the health insurance sector, with the creation of a new role as ‘head of insurance strategy’, to be filled

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SMSF Association launches online training

The SMSF Association have launched a comprehensive series of online modules as they seek to evolve the delivery of the SMSF Specialist Advisory (SSA) designation. The highly coveted designation requires an extensive amount of knowledge across taxation and superannuation law,

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Property never sleeps

Although the economic shutdown in Melbourne has put a dampener on property transactions, the world continues outside Victoria, with several major transactions as we pass through September. Specialist property fund manager Castlerock has added another key regional property to its

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Building Climate Aware Portfolios

With climate change being increasingly recognised as a systemic risk, the investment community is becoming more focused on supporting the transition to a net-zero-emissions economy and establishing sound transition plans.   The announcement by Cbus Super is the most recent example.

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Russell on tech stock slump

Financial advisers around the world are rightly concerned about the state of markets, with record-high prices for both equities and bonds. As previously reported, according to an Investment Trends survey of Australian investors, there has been a jump in the

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Property never sleeps

Although the economic shutdown in Melbourne has put a dampener on property transactions, the world continues outside Victoria,

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