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The flight to ‘independence’ from major institutions by financial advisers has been a developing theme over recent years and it is set to continue. The findings of the Financial Services Royal Commission increase the importance of demonstrating greater independence between products and advice, but the reasons for the move are as varied as the types […]

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The Royal Commission into misconduct in the banking, superannuation and financial services industry revealed unscrupulous behaviour that has impacted many unsuspecting customers. To avoid this situation, some financial planners have deliberately chosen a path that enables them to always put their clients’ interests first and not be impeded by the requirements and constraints of the […]

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Real & Consistent Returns Infrastructure has the potential for consistent returns through finance and market cycles. Why? Because infrastructure assets underpin our society and are used daily, examples of utilities such as electricity and gas or transport such as rail and omnibus assets. Due to the fact, these things are necessities, they don’t rely on […]

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The good, the bad and the ugly is, of course, the title of the stylised 1966 western starring Clint Eastwood. It is also an apt way to describe common habits of investors. No matter whether investment markets are rising or falling or somewhere in between, an investor’s habits – good and bad – really matter. The Journal […]

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Would you be willing to help your adult children financially if they were experiencing financial difficulties? And would you be willing to help your elderly parents if they were in financial need?   As Smart Investing discussed over the past week, intergenerational financial issues are set to become increasingly common given the ageing of our […]

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