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Australian Persistence Scorecard – Can Active Funds Persistently Outperform?

Content provided by S&P Dow Jones Indices While comparing active funds against their respective benchmark indices is a typical practice to evaluate their performance, persistence is an additional test that can reveal fund managers’ skills in different market environments. We measure the performance persistence of active funds that outperformed their peers and benchmarks over consecutive…

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Bringing ESG Considerations to Australian Strategies

Content provided by S&P Dow Jones Indices This paper will demonstrate the potential improvements in environmental, social and governance (ESG) characteristics that are reflected in ESG benchmarks versus traditional market-capitalization-weighted benchmarks in a hypothetical group of Australian equities. We explore how various sustainability-focused indices might provide improved ESG characteristics, while maintaining comparable sectoral and country…

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Did Active Managers Find Opportunities to Outperform? Year-End SPIVA Australia 2021 report

Content provided by S&P Dow Jones Indices As the global markets started to recover, the S&P/ASX 200 gained 17.2% in 2021. Did active managers find opportunities to outperform in this market environment?  The SPIVA Australia Scorecard reports on the performance of Australian active funds against their respective benchmark indices over different time periods. In this…

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SMSFs & Property series (Part 5): Owning property through a related unit trust with your SMSF

SMSF & Property Series: Part 5 Written by Mary Simmons, Technical Manager, SMSF Association In part 4 of our property series, we discussed how using a fixed unit trust can enable an SMSF to acquire real estate which the SMSF may not otherwise have sufficient funds to acquire itself. It can also assist in diversifying…

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SMSFs & Property series (Part 4): SMSFs owning property through an unrelated unit trust

SMSF & Property Series: Part 4 Written by Mary Simmons, Technical Manager, SMSF Association In our previous articles in this series, we outlined the more traditional ways an SMSF can invest in property. This has typically involved an SMSF buying the underlying real property, or a portion of it, and receiving rent from the tenants…

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SPIVA® Australia Mid-Year 2020

Content provided by S&P Dow Jones Indices Market sell-offs were seen in different Australian equity market segments in the first half of 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, while Australian bonds recorded a small gain. Apart from A-REIT funds, the majority of funds in all categories suffered worse drawdowns versus their respective benchmark indices. All…

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LRBAs hold up well during COVID-19

Content provided by Thinktank Written by Per Amundsen, Head of Research, Thinktank If there has been a common refrain from critics of Limited Recourse Borrowing Arrangements (LRBAs) since their inception in September 2007, it’s that self-managed super funds (SMSFs) using this debt instrument could be fatally exposed in economic or financial crises. Yet 13 years…