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Chief economist update: Whatever it takes, however long it takes
BENJAMIN ONG  |  FRIDAY, 13 SEP 2019
Financial Standard already said its piece several days before the European Central Bank's (ECB) September 12 meeting, concluding that: "Super Mario would want to go out with a bang (his last month in office) and do "whatever it takes" to mitigate ...
Chief economist update: Germany in the budget's shadow
BENJAMIN ONG  |  TUESDAY, 10 SEP 2019
The Global Financial Crisis of 2008 gave birth to "non-conventional monetary policy" - where many developed country central banks lowered interest rates to zero/negative and/or engaged in quantitative easing. While these prevented the "Great Recession" ...
Priced out: Advice affordability at risk
ELIZABETH MCARTHUR  |  MONDAY, 9 SEP 2019
The issue of affordability is plaguing the financial advice industry, further compounded by recent action taken by both AMP and MLC Wealth. Speaking at the recent Association of Financial Advisers' National Conference, AFA general manager of policy ...
Time to reset member return expectations?
HARRISON WORLEY  |  FRIDAY, 6 SEP 2019
Research house Rice Warner has openly questioned whether superannuation funds should begin resetting the return expectations of members. With difficult economic headwinds prevailing, Rice Warner is concerned superannuation funds have made a rod for ...
Chief economist update: RBA not risking market disappointment
BENJAMIN ONG  |  WEDNESDAY, 4 SEP 2019
As widely expected, the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) kept the official cash rate unchanged at 1.0% at its September meeting. Operative phrase: "as widely expected". You, I and Irene can wax pedantic about some changes in RBA governor Philip Lowe's ...
Chief economist update: The budget surplus can wait
BENJAMIN ONG  |  FRIDAY, 30 AUG 2019
... spending. But seen in a different light, capex expectations of A$113,404 million (estimate 3) for 2019-20 remains 3.7% below 2018-19's full year actual capex of A$117,793 million. This is consistent with the latest NAB business survey that showed ...
Risk commissions must be retained: MetLife
JAMIE WILLIAMSON  |  THURSDAY, 29 AUG 2019
About 60% of advice clients believe the removal of life risk commissions would increase underinsurance in Australia, latest research shows. That is a key finding of MetLife's second annual What Clients Want: 2019 MetLife Adviser/Client Research ...
Hejaz climbs Islamic fund ladder
KRISTI CHENG  |  THURSDAY, 29 AUG 2019
Hejaz Financial Services announced its flagship fund, the Global Ethical Fund, has outperformed Australia's other Islamic investment funds during FY19. It achieved gross returns of 6.82% per annum, while Crescent Wealth generated 4.56% per annum. ...
Nominees await top AFA honours
ELIZABETH MCARTHUR  |  WEDNESDAY, 28 AUG 2019
Standout financial advisers will be recognised with the presenting of the Association of Financial Advisers' annual suite of awards. The Adviser of the Year, Rising Star of the Year, Female Excellence in Advice and the Excellence in Education award ...
Japanese insurer gets Treasury tick to up Challenger stake
KANIKA SOOD  |  MONDAY, 19 AUG 2019
A Japanese insurer that owns about 16% of Challenger has received the green light from the Treasury to increase its stake in the company. In March, MS&AD announced its intention to take its stake in Challenger over 15% and seek board representation. ...
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