Key lessons from a recent US utilities trip

Published: August 14, 2017

We argued, however, that global listed infrastructure would weather interest rate rises over time because of its underlying assets and strong cash flows. Despite investors’ concerns, global listed infrastructure has had a strong start to 2017 with the US 10-year bond yield actually drifting lower due to lowered expectations on the Trump administration’s ability to […]

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August 2017 Statement by Philip Lowe, Governor: Monetary Policy Decision

Published: August 1, 2017

At its meeting today, the Board decided to leave the cash rate unchanged at 1.50 per cent. Conditions in the global economy are continuing to improve. Labour markets have tightened further and above-trend growth is expected in a number of advanced economies, although uncertainties remain. Growth in the Chinese economy has picked up a little and is […]

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Don’t be driven by short-term sentiment and emotion

Published: July 19, 2017

Arguably, the most common fear holding an investor back from achieving a great return is a misunderstanding of what happens when markets fall (as they invariably do). In order to use fear to our advantage, we would be well served to seek to understand the following three principles around shares and their value: A share […]

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4 simple steps to picking the right diversified fund

Published: July 13, 2017

Many diversified funds appear similar on the surface, but when you lift the hood, they’re poles apart. Evaluating diversified fund performance can be like comparing the proverbial ‘apples’ with ‘oranges’. But in this complex and volatile investment environment, choosing the right diversified fund has never been more important for investors and advisors. The wrong fund […]

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Why man and machine is the future of finance

Published: July 13, 2017

Dr Bernard Meyerson, IBM’s chief innovation officer, was in the room in 2011 when his company’s powerful artificial intelligence (AI) computer, Watson, famously won Jeopardy, defeating the game show’s two most successful contestants. “There was an incredible euphoria,” Meyerson said in a presentation at AMP’s recent Amplify program. “Watching the system do that was mind […]

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5 reasons why investors should consider infrastructure

Published: July 12, 2017

Infrastructure offers a range of investment characteristics that can be particularly attractive in the low interest rate and volatile market conditions we have seen in recent times. Clients tell us they like its attractive, consistent returns and yield; defensive characteristics; and diversification benefits. Infrastructure is also becoming more accessible to retail investors. In the past, high […]

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Safe as houses? Global real estate is literally exposed to the elements

Published: July 5, 2017

Key points It is clear that the forces from the regulatory and physical environment will shape the future of global real estate. Developers and landlords with quality management teams and the expertise to prepare for these challenges will be at an increasing advantage during volatile weather patterns. An age-old assumption is that carefully selected real […]

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June 2017 Statement by Philip Lowe, Governor: Monetary Policy Decision

Published: June 6, 2017

At its meeting today, the Board decided to leave the cash rate unchanged at 1.50 per cent. The broad-based pick-up in the global economy is continuing. Labour markets have tightened further in many countries and forecasts for global growth have been revised up since last year. Above-trend growth is expected in a number of advanced […]

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What does the Budget mean for your investments?

Published: May 31, 2017

We spoke to some of our investment professionals to get their views on how the Federal Budget has impacted their respective asset classes. John Julian, Investment Director – Direct InfrastructureShift in approach to funding infrastructure projects Michael Kingcott, Head of Property Investment StrategyTackling softness and a lack of investment Andrew Scott, Senior Portfolio Manager – […]

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Don’t abandon this vital asset class

Published: May 12, 2017

After the election of Donald Trump in November 2016, a surge in global yields triggered a sharp sell-off in global listed infrastructure. Global listed infrastructure fell 4 per cent that month and underperformed global equities by 12 per cent – the second worst monthly relative performance since 2002. With the threat of further yield rises […]

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