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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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SuperFriend announces three new Board appointments

SuperFriend, the workplace wellbeing partner of the superannuation and insurance industry, today announced three key appointments to its Board of Directors. Sarah Guthleben from Equip Super, workplace health expert Professor Niki Ellis, and mental health campaigner Mitch Wallis (Australia & New Zealand Mental Health association Ambassador) will commence effective immediately. 


Australian retirees have inadequate access to their savings

Household Capital, an independent, specialist retirement funding provider, said today that a major issue facing Australian retirees was inadequate access to savings. Josh Funder, Household Capital’s Chief Executive Officer, said retirement funding adequacy was a very real issue facing retired and soon-to-be retired Australians.


Dividend bonanza sees leading income LIC announce increased special dividend taking annual dividend yield to 11.9%

The Board of Plato Income Maximiser Limited (ASX: PL8) today announced an increase in the special dividend to 3 cents per share, taking the annual dividend yield to 11.9% (including franking). This is a tripling from the special dividend, previously announced on 21 February 2019, of 1c per share.


SuperFriend responds to the Government’s Productivity Commission inquiry into Mental Health

SuperFriend, the workplace mental health and wellbeing partner for the superannuation and insurance industry, has responded on behalf of its Partners to the Productivity Commission’s inquiry into mental health. The inquiry was announced in November 2018 by the Australian Government and calls for submissions that extend beyond the health system’s role in addressing mental health – such as education, employment, housing, disability support and the justice system.


WHSP reports 12.2% increase in regular profit Solid portfolio growth and outstanding shareholder returns

Diversified investment house, Washington H. Soul Pattinson and Company Limited (WHSP, ASX: SOL) today announced the Group’s results for half year ended 31 January 2019, reporting a regular profit after tax* of $186.7 million, an increase of 12.2% on the previous corresponding period.


Financial agency Honner strengthens team with new appointments

Honner, has announced the appointment of Malavika Santhebennur as Account Manager. Malavika has a strong background in financial services journalism. She brings over five years’ experience writing about financial advice, superannuation, funds management and self-managed superannuation funds across titles including Money Management, Super Review and most recently selfmanagedsuper.


SuperFriend: Financial services workers more stressed and less engaged than average

The Financial and Insurance Services Industry Profile Report, an industry snapshot taken from SuperFriend’s annual Indicators of a Thriving Workplace survey of 5000 workers, found that mental health awareness and prevention in the industry is still very much a work in progress.

The report was conducted shortly after the Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry was announced.


SuperFriend: Nearly a quarter of working Australian women are experiencing a mental health condition

Working Australian women are far more likely than men to experience a mental health condition in their lifetime. According to research from SuperFriend, the workplace mental health and wellbeing partner for the superannuation and insurance industry, more than two thirds (68%) of women experience a mental health condition before the age of 25.


IPIF: Increased interest in unlisted infrastructure

Sophisticated investors increased their exposure to unlisted assets last year in their quest for
more consistent returns, resulting into record capital flowing into infrastructure funds1.

Investors allocated US$85 billion to unlisted infrastructure funds last year, up $10bn on 2017, according to
Preqin. This was the third annual record amount of investment in the asset class, notes Infrastructure
Partners Investment Fund Management Pty Ltd (IPIFM).


Household Capital enters Australian retirement sector with innovative new retirement loan

Household Capital, an independent, specialist retirement funding provider, announced today it has entered the Australian retirement sector with an innovative loan product that allows retirees to use equity in the family home to fund retirement expenses, enhance income or provide financial support to their children and other family members. 

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