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A shift is taking place within the Chinese consumer market – and developed markets more broadly – to spend money on experiences rather than on traditional material products. For the Australian market, this means a boost to tourism from Chinese nationals and to the education and housing sectors from Chinese immigrants. An evolving trend within...
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Global investor demand for real assets – including infrastructure equity, infrastructure debt, listed infrastructure, listed real estate and direct real estate – is expected to strengthen this year, with a number of themes set to influence this sector. In this article, we discuss these themes in relation to the particular assets. AMP Capital’s infrastructure and...
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While the unconventional gas industry can provide a significant economic benefit to rural and regional areas, there are environmental and social issues that must be addressed. In this article we look at some of these issues and examine why and how the industry can build the trust of stakeholders. Unconventional gas’ has lower greenhouse gas...
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As 2015 draws to a close, investors can be forgiven for wondering how they are going to continue to make money in financial markets. Cash rates globally are low and are likely to remain so, especially in Australia. This article looks at a ‘back to basics’ investment strategy suitable for a low-growth environment. Despite the...
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The investment environment today is dominated by two themes – rock bottom bond yields and seemingly permanent sluggish growth. Regardless of what one believes about the future, it is likely that diversified investment returns are going to be lower over the next few years than what they have averaged over the last couple of decades....
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Financial companies make up the largest portion of the Australian share market at 47.7% of the ASX200 index1. In the wake of the mining downturn, bank share prices have benefited from their robust reputation for high profits and dividends. In light of this, our Environmental Social and Governance (ESG) research team set out to discover...
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All four major banks increased interest rates during October, citing their reason for the rate hike due to increased pressure from the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA) for financial institutions to adhere to the 10% cap on property investor lending growth. Given that we are set to be operating in a low-growth environment for the...
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Investor preferences and portfolio segmentation create anomalies Given the low correlation between global listed infrastructure and the broader equity market, an allocation to this asset class can offer investors the important benefits of diversification. In addition to this, in recent years global listed infrastructure has delivered  higher risk-adjusted returns than the broader global equity market...
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We all know that market volatility can affect investment performance over the short-term. However, to change your entire investment strategy in response to short-term market movements can have devastating effects on the generation of your long-term wealth. Successful investment strategies that use a dynamic asset allocation approach enable investors to retain a long-term vision while...
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Shareholders should – and are –becoming increasingly savvy to the impact data and cyber security can have on their investments. With the security risks that are presented by data collection and storage, and with cyber crime an inevitable by-product of our escalating online existence, shareholders want to be confident that boards have the issue of...
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