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Honner Blog 27/05/2020

Honner survey: what COVID-19 has meant for the way financial journalists work

We wanted to understand what COVID-19 has meant for the way financial journalists work, so we did a survey to find out. Here’s what we discovered, writes Managing Director, Paul Cheal. 


Honner Blog 19/05/2020

Media in the new normal of COVID-19

The COVID-19 crisis has changed every aspect of our lives, and this has been especially true for the media, who have been working round the clock like any other front-line essential worker. With everything else around the world practically coming to a standstill, the news cycle has picked up pace, buzzing with demand for trusted, timely and relevant information like never seen before.


Honner Blog 6/03/2020

Favourable news coverage is not a ‘great outcome’ – so let’s stop calling it that

It is a common mistake in PR to refer to positive news coverage as a “great outcome”. AMEC has defined communicational outcomes as the effects in the perceptions, attitudes and behaviour of our target audience. None of these changes are observable through news coverage.


Honner Blog 2/03/2020

Communication strategies to support nervous investors: a guide for fund managers

The coronavirus is currently spreading, bringing with it panic and anxiety for investors of all types around the globe. In an industry where it is difficult to differentiate your offering, quality, timely communications and the way you deliver it can clearly distinguish your brand.


Honner Blog 19/02/2020

Investment Management in Australia: Where are the women?

Research shows that the ability of businesses to build high performing teams depends on attracting and valuing diverse talent who bring different perspectives. Yet the majority of teams in the investment industry remain very male dominated. In our latest blog, Philippa Honner speaks with Yolanda Beattie, the founder of founder of Future IM/Pact, which aims to achieve an equal number of women and men in junior analyst roles by 2023.


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BetaShares’ QPON Floating Rate Bond ETF & EX20 Portfolio Diversifier ETF receive ‘Recommended’ ratings from Zenith

BetaShares, a leading Australian manager of exchange-traded products, today announced positive ratings updates to two of its funds:


Janus Henderson Investors appoints new Head of Marketing Australia

Janus Henderson Investors (ASX / NYSE: JHG) today announced the appointment of Heather Gyton Carroll as Head of Marketing Australia. Based in Sydney, this role will report to Matt Gaden, Head of Australia, and Head of Asia Pacific Marketing, Geraldine Walsh.


Lonsec upgrades BetaShares Global Sustainability Leaders ETF to “Recommended”(Index) rating

BetaShares, a leading manager of Australian exchange-traded products, has been awarded an upgraded ‘Recommended(Index)’ rating from Lonsec for its Global Sustainability Leaders ETF (ASX: ETHI).


Aviva Investors appoints Emma Halley as Head of Investment Process, Multi-Asset and Macro

Aviva Investors, the global asset management unit of Aviva PLC, today announces the appointment of Emma Halley as Head of Investment Process for Multi-asset and Macro. Based in London, she reports to Peter Fitzgerald, Chief Investment Officer, Multi-asset and Macro.


Bold action required to achieve a sustainable future: First State Super

First State Super is one of 30 global businesses to have joined a United Nations-backed Alliance, who will work together over the next two years to support the delivery of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.


Bell Potter Online appointment signals continued growth

Bell Potter Online has appointed Paul Ashworth as Senior Investment Adviser, signalling the growing popularity of the innovative platform among the adviser community.


New research finds substantial declines in fees across some asset classes, more resilient pricing in others

Asset owners continue to apply pressure on external manager fees, with new data showing substantial fee reductions across a number of asset classes. Figures are based on real fees being quoted by asset managers for real mandates – not surveys or ‘rack rates’ which tend to be inflated. This fee compression is driven by factors including the rise of cheaper competitors, increasing transparency on costs and expansion of the manager universe. Price competition in asset management is relatively inefficient and investors can use a range of tools to improve value for money. Above all, investors should not focus on ‘low cost’ at all costs: net returns are the priority. These are the key findings of the latest report from bfinance “Investment Management Fees: Is Competition Working?


Chi-X Australia launches funds offering with Kapstream Active ETF

Chi-X Australia today officially launched the Chi-X Funds market by quoting Fidante Partners’ ActiveX Kapstream Absolute Return Income Fund (Managed Fund), with ticker XKAP. The arrival of Chi-X Funds marks a significant expansion of the Exchange capabilities, enabling issuers to have their funds (both ETFs and QMFs) quoted & traded on Chi-X and providing investors with access to a range of new investments.


Aviva Investors sees one in three chance of global recession and recommends cautious asset allocation

Aviva Investors, the global asset management business of Aviva plc (‘Aviva’), expects weak global growth to persist next year, with a one in three chance that it could lead to a global recession. World trade and manufacturing are already at recessionary levels, in large part because of the ongoing spat between China and the US. The danger is growing that the slowdown could spread to the more domestically-focused service sector.


BetaShares Australian ETF Review September 2019: Robust flows continue to cap off a record 12 months for the industry

The Australian ETF industry rapidly pushed past the $55B funds under management (FuM) milestone, growing over $2B in the month, according to the BetaShares Australian ETF Review – September 2019.

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