1. Research take: agribusiness

    While traditionally agribusiness is a topic that clients tend to think about only as tax time approaches, agribusiness investments can play a greater part in portfolio construction than merely being a tax consideration. We asked two agribusiness research houses for their opinion about individual projects...

    Leeanne Bland | 15-12-03 | More
  2. How much to agribusiness?

    While the "noise" about farming is that it's hard, risky and drought ridden, Research House AAG says the perception that our farmers are struggling is wrong. The top performers in Agribusiness are quietly getting on with the job and so don't provide "good copy" for the press. Australia lags the world in realising the opportunities in this sector, agribusiness research house AAG contends...

    Leeanne Bland | 12-12-03 | More
  3. Spotlight on: Product Rulings

    When will the Australian Taxation office issue product rulings, and under what circumstances does it withdraw them? These were two of the issues canvassed by Gary Hammersley, national business manager with the ATO when speaking at the recent Lonsec Agribusiness Conference. Hammersley contends the ATO tries to look at issues from the taxpayers perspective...

    Leeanne Bland | 12-12-03 | More
  4. Agribusiness - a growth industry

    Contrary to popular wisdom, Australia's agricultural sector is not a burnt out, sunset industry, said Dr Bruce Kefford, executive director agriculture with the Victoria Department of Primary Industries, speaking at the recent Lonsec Agribusiness Conference...

    Leeanne Bland | 12-12-03 | More
  5. The performance of agribusiness

    How does agribusiness perform when compared with other asset classes? It was the hot question of the day at the recent Lonsec Agribusiness Conference...

    Leeanne Bland | 11-12-03 | More
  6. Talking to: advisers about agribusiness

    While most financial advisers at a recent Lonsec workshop on agribusiness agreed that agribusiness can play an important role in portfolios, they also expressed that there are many downsides to the current crop of agribusiness offerings available to retail investors, and that many offerings simply don't meet their client's needs...

    Leeanne Bland | 11-12-03 | More
  7. It's Dirt(y) work managing Warakirri Agriculture

    Given the long-term timeframe of superannuation investors – 20 or 30 years – and the long-term nature of many agribusiness ventures, the two make a good match, says Frank Delaunty, managing director of Dirt Management Agricultural Investment Managers, managers of Warakirri Agriculture, in explaining his product to attendees at the recent Lonsec Agribusiness Conference...

    10-12-03 | More
  8. How much to Asia, and how?

    So you accept that your clients should have an exposure to Asia - but should that be a standalone allocation, or is it best to leave the allocation to Asia to an international equity fund managers?

    Leeanne Bland | 28-11-03 | More
  9. Research take: Asian funds

    Research opinion on Asian equity funds was thin on the ground from research houses, with Lonsec, S&P, and IWL the noteable exceptions, while Zenith provided a coherent rationale for why it doesn't rate individual funds in the sector, and doesn't think advisers should either. Interestingly, given they also research direct equities, both IWL and Lonsec both agreed that the use of managed funds for international equities exposure is a preferred strategy over direct equity investments...

    Leeanne Bland | 27-11-03 | More
  10. Japan: is the sun rising at last?

    For the first three quarters of the year, the Nikkei Index is up 19 per cent. Is the Japanese market beginning to turn around, or is it another false start?

    Leeanne Bland | 20-11-03 | More
  11. The crouching tiger leaps ahead

    Asian funds have been getting a fair bit of attention lately, which is hardly surprising with six-month returns of 20% to 30%. Many commentators expect Asia to stay on the boil, but there's varying among fund managers active in region as to which regions, countries, and sectors hold the most promise...

    Leeanne Bland | 20-11-03 | More
  12. Tech stocks up 70% - but can it last?

    From its low point of October 2002, the technology sector (as measured by the NASDAQ) has recoded a rise of 70 per cent. So when AMP Henderson Global Investor's head of investment strategy, Shane Oliver says technology stocks have been the star performer this year, it is something of an understatement. The real question is: can that performance be repeated going forward?

    Leeanne Bland | 12-11-03 | More
  13. Sector diversification, home-country bias and global investment

    Everyone knows the Australian share market is overweight financial and resource stocks, and underweight technology, health care and energy stocks, compared to the world share markets. Given our home country bias, Australian advisers need to plan and manage sector allocation as well as country allocation. Here's a tool which may help...

    05-11-03 | More
  14. A question of capacity

    The bigger the better, right? Fund size, that is. The sentiment is understandable, but those adhering to it might be disappointed. Conventional wisdom in the funds industry suggests that the larger the fund, the harder it is to achieve excess returns, and a recent paper from Lazard suggests this is more true for growth managers, than value managers...

    Leeanne Bland | 03-11-03 | More
  15. 2003 Conference - Critical Issues Forum Webcast

    Delegate feedback from our second annual conference - THE Investment Conference 2003 on 18/19 August 2003 in Sydney - was very, very positive. And with 50 investment experts presenting during 30 sessions over the two days, it was in the words on one delegate "no junket". Critical Issues Forum presentations can be accessed via this article...

    19-09-03 | More
  16. The currency conundrum

    Most managers shy away from forecasting currencies - but for a session at THE Investment Conference 2003 (18/19 August 2003), we uncovered a few brave souls who were willing to put their necks on the block, addressing issues like "can the A$ keep going up, and if so, how much?", "Is the US$ losing its supremacy, and what effect would this have on world markets?" and "Which currencies may emerge in its place?"...

    PC Forum | 17-09-03 | More
  17. I've been thinking about... 2010!

    As our opening keynote at THE Investment Conference 2003 (18/19 August 2003), we asked Don Stammer, independent chairman of the PC Forum Asset Allocation Board, to provide a context for our two day program, by looking ahead to 2010 and hypothesising as to what the global economic landscape will look like, identifying the big political, social and economic trends ahead, and describing what they mean in terms of positioning portfolios today for the future...

    PC Forum | 17-09-03 | More
  18. 2003 Critical Issues Forum: I've been thinking about... MPT!

    This was the standout, most popular session of THE Investment Conference 2003 presented by PC Forum on 18/19 August 2003, earning a stunning 4.7 out of 5.0 average rating across all delegates. As our day 2 opening keynote, independent strategist Jonathan Pain looked at investment theory, its history, its relevance and what current valuation models imply for future returns. He argued we need to radically alter the way we construct portfolios, if we are to build portfolios that are in our client's best interests - and then walked us through what this means for the conventional asset management model...

    PC Forum | 17-09-03 | More
  19. Garbage in, garbage out - what are the right asset class inputs?

    Most asset allocation processes require you to decide asset class returns and volatility. In a (increasingly heated!) debate at THE Investment Conference 2003 (18/19 August 2003), carefully selected investment experts "dropped their trousers" and showed us their income, growth, and total returns expectations over the next year, and the risks to them...

    PC Forum | 17-09-03 | More
  20. 2003 Critical Issues Forum: Property - misused?

    Most of us hear "property" and think "listed". At THE Investment Conference 2003 (18/19 August 2003), we devoted a session to challenging this assumption. Is listed property really an asset class? What diversification does it provide in a portfolio? And if it's so great, why don't researchers and fund managers allocate more to it? Fund managers have begun going offshore for property - what benefits does that bring to a portfolio?...

    PC Forum | 17-09-03 | More
  21. Would the right asset allocation approach please stand up?

    What should your asset allocation models look like going forward? Is strategic and tactical asset allocation past its "use by" date? Proponents of different asset allocation approaches argued their merits and weaknesses at THE Investment Conference 2003 (18/19 August 2003)...

    PC Forum | 17-09-03 | More
  22. 2003 Critical Issues Forum: Model portfolios - the researchers' & asset consultants' turn

    Always amongst the top three most popular sessions at THE Investment Conference 2003 (18/19 August 2003), the researchers and asset consultants show what they've got up their sleeves for the next year, presenting their asset class models - that is, the securities they've blended together in each asset class...

    PC Forum | 17-09-03 | More
  23. Good economics, bad psychology

    "The economics are good, it’s the psychology that’s bad," said Dr. Robert Goodman, Senior Economic Advisor at Putnam in Boston U.S in his wide-ranging presentation at the recent BT Financial Group Leaders Forum 2003 in which he concluded that "a bidding war is about to break open among companies using dividends as a way to bribe back shareholders." If you missed Dr Bob's presentation, following is an edited transcript...

    24-04-03 | More
  24. Housing effect Aussie's saviour

    The U.S. is the only driver of the world economy, contended Robert Gottliebsen, National Business Commentator for The Australian, speaking at last week's 2003 AXA Expo. And in his view, the housing effect is the single biggest reason Australia came out less scathed then the US in recent financial times...

    Erica Fyvie | 17-04-03 | More
  25. Stock pickers to carry the day

    “Equities are undervalued due, in part, to the misvaluation between equities and bonds,” said Paul Bagnoli, Director of value manager Bernstein's International Product Development, speaking to advisers at last week's 2003 AXA Expo. Predicting that this so-called misvaluation between equities and bonds will result in a 9% return from the US equity market over the next year, he added “we can justify this modest prediction”...

    Erica Fyvie | 17-04-03 | More
  26. Session minutes - why allocate to defensive assets

    The diversification effect of fixed income in a portfolio has increased quite dramatically in the past three years, explained Greg Cooper, Director of Schroder Investment Management Australia at last week's Portfolio Construction Forum Researchers' Roundtable. Here are full minutes (notes plus slides) of Greg's presentation...

    10-04-03 | More
  27. The effect of a war in Iraq

    With the risk of war in Iraq at very high levels, Dr Don Stammer, the Portfolio Construction Forum Asset Allocation Board's independent chairman, shares his thoughts about the similarities and differences to the 1991 Gulf War, and how the global economy is affected by the threat and actuality of a war in the Middle East.

    Erica Fyvie | 18-02-03 | More
  28. How important is asset allocation?

    Nothing like a "slap in the face" from reality to send people back to basics. According to some, abandoning traditional asset allocation is the answer. So how important is asset allocation? Research shows it explains 40 per cent, 90 per cent AND 100 per cent of fund performance.

    Graham Rich | 13-02-03 | More
  29. Environment favours corporate bonds

    The global economy is at an inflection point that continues to produce a favourable US bond environment, according to Doug Hodge, Executive Vice-President of PIMCO, speaking at last week's FEAL February 2003 Briefing Series. The difference this time, he contends, is that US policy makers get it. They have the will to combat deflationary risks, with Japan as an example.

    Erica Fyvie | 13-02-03 | More
  30. Review: Team vs solo manager?

    In the US, more than half of all equity funds are managed by a team, leaving a lot of solo "star" managers. US-based Bloomberg Wealth Manager recently highlighted a US study looking at which performs better - solo managers or investment teams?

    Deirdre Keown, PortfolioConstruction Forum | 13-02-03 | More
  31. Deflation: fleeting sensation or long term risk

    Inflation has long been the scourge of Central banks everywhere, but ever since Alan Greenspan used the ‘d’ word last September, deflation has replaced inflation as the spectre troubling economic policy makers.

    Rebecca Hewett | 10-02-03 | More
  32. Assirt overweight Aussie equities

    Fund research house ASSIRT recommends overweighting Aussie equities in 2003.

    Erica Fyvie | 05-02-03 | More
  33. Trustees face SAA

    The big issues facing trustees this year will be asset allocation and equity market performance. Investor Weekly's Rebecca Hewett reports.

    Rebecca Hewett | 02-02-03 | More
  34. Recovery still uncertain as Europe fights record slump

    Last year was an annus horribilus for European investors and the ex-UK sharemarket was the worst hit global sector. Where to in 2003? IFA's Amanda Swinburn reports.

    Amanda Swinburn | 29-01-03 | More
  35. Better year for fund flows

    A confluence of events is occurring which should make this year the best for managed fund inflows since 1999. Factor X for markets in 2003 is unlikely to be war - history shows that the exceptional events tend to be apolitical. InvestorInfo's Greg Bright opines.

    Greg Bright | 20-01-03 | More
  36. Boutique fund managers - saviours or passing fad?

    Boutique managers are becoming increasingly popular, but do they add value? Yes and No, according to van Eyk Research managing director Stephen van Eyk in his presentation to the recent inaugural meeting of the Portfolio Construction Forum Researchers’ Roundtable. The following article summarises Stephen's rationale, and links to his presentation, including performance analysis of more than 30 boutique, medium and large Australian equity fund managers.

    Anthony Davies | 07-01-03 | More
  37. 2003: what the bulls say, what the bears say

    Investment markets are as hard to pick as they have been any time in the past 30 years, with both bulls and bears able to advance cogent arguments to support their positions. At the recent inaugural Portfolio Construction Forum Researchers' Roundtable, investment strategy consultant and former fund manager Jonathan Pain presented both perspectives!

    Anthony Davies | 07-01-03 | More