The anatomy of a successful commercial property investment

Published: October 12, 2017

The AMP Capital Wholesale Australian Property Fund recently bought Stage 1 of the Connect Corporate Centre in Mascot, Sydney, a sleek, brand-new building close to the Sydney CBD valued at $43.6 million.  What made the building so attractive? For a start, it has a list of blue-chip tenants that will deliver reliable income, but also […]

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Options: Why diversification may not be enough

Published: September 14, 2017

If you look around the world we face unprecedented risks. The Trump Presidency, North Korea’s nuclear ambitions, rising interest rates, and fully valued markets are all spot fires that could engulf portfolios. These risks can seriously dent investor’s and client’s life savings, and damage their ability to reach important financial goals. The stakes are high. […]

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5 reasons commercial property is a great source of stable retirement income

Published: September 14, 2017

Residential property has become the new religion in Australia. The buoyant market, particularly in Sydney and Melbourne where house prices have jumped 75% and 50% respectively in recent years, means residential is constantly talked about and analysed.  But as more and more baby boomers move into retirement, there is a growing need to seek investments […]

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

Published: September 5, 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 is being supported by increased […]

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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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