Why ESG has moved from nice-to-do to must-do

Investors increasingly care about ESG. Traditionally we could rely on authorities to take our concerns into account and update the regulatory framework accordingly. But, with political polarisation increasing, this mechanism is coming undone. As a community of companies and investors, the onus is on us to step in and co-operate to develop an ESG structure […]

Impact investing: opportunities and challenges

By Emily Woodland Co-Head of Sustainable InvestmentHong Kong, China Impact investing has become much more sophisticated, as funds in this asset class start to develop more meaningful ways of measuring their outcomes. Global investors’ growing commitment to frameworks such as the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are also helping increase exposure to and discussion around […]

Wanted: Post-retirement advice for SMSFs

Self-managed super funds (SMSFs) have increasing unmet needs for advice about having a regular retirement income, investing in retirement and estate planning. The 2019 Vanguard/Investment Trends SMSF Report estimates that 145,000 SMSFs have unmet needs for advice on post-retirement planning while 80,000 SMSFs have unmet needs for estate-planning advice. This equates to almost a quarter of SMSFs […]

The valuable diversification benefits of international exposure

With protests in Hong Kong and an unresolved trade war between the United States and China, this may not seem like a wise time to invest abroad. Looking beyond current events however, a sound investment strategy starts with an asset allocation, aligned to an individual’s goals, that is built upon reasonable expectations for risk and […]

Beyond super: Our other personal investments

Given the attention on the size of Australia’s super savings, it may surprise you that personal investors in total have almost as much outside super as inside super. The latest Personal Investments Market Projections report, recently published by consultants Rice Warner, calculates that the total value of super* and non-super personal investments was $5.5 trillion at June […]

Are you putting all your marketing eggs in one basket?

By Flying Solo contributor Cath Connell We live in exciting times! New technologies have made it so easy to grow your dream business by providing low-cost and potentially powerful ways to connect with your audience – often without having to leave the comfort of your office (or dining table)! No longer do we have to […]

How to do competitor analysis

How many other businesses are going after your target customers? What are they offering and how are they delivering it? Answering these questions will help you build a competitive strategy and make your business stronger. Here’s how to do it. The benefits of a competitive strategy Your competitors – the ones you worry about, anyway […]