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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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CreditSmart: Aussies’ awareness of changes impacting credit health still a work in progress

Research from credit information website,, has revealed that one year on from the adoption of Comprehensive Credit Reporting (CCR), most Australian consumers are still unaware of the changes that are impacting their credit health, and may not know how it can impact their future credit applications. 

More worryingly, consumers who are struggling with their credit health said they were just as likely to seek advice from credit repair or debt management services as they would from their lender or free financial counsellor.


Revamped PLS welcomed by Household Capital

Household Capital, an independent, specialist retirement funding provider, today welcomed the federal government’s revamped Pension Loans Scheme (PLS). Dr Joshua Funder, Household Capital’s Chief Executive Officer, commented: “Australian retirees need better funding solutions. The PLS revamp sees the government acknowledge the critical role home equity can play in long-term funding retirement." 


SuperFriend founder Helen Hewett receives Order of Australia

SuperFriend founder Helen Hewett has been awarded a Member (AM) of the Order of Australia (General Division), as part of the Queen’s Birthday 2019 Honours List. The Order of Australia is an order of chivalry established on 14 February 1975 by Elizabeth II, Queen of Australia, to recognise Australian citizens and other persons for achievement or meritorious service.


Plato Investment Management: Retirees should review their income strategy in light of rate cut

Australia’s 3.8 million retirees should review their income generating investment strategy in light of the RBA’s decision to lower interest rates by 25bp today, according to Australian funds manager Plato Investment Management (Plato). While beneficial to homeowners and people trying to buy a home, rate cuts also see Australian retirees receive less income from their floating rate income investment assets.


Total return to overshadow index approach: AXA Investment Managers

Australian institutional investors are shifting to a total return, long term approach to managing portfolios across the cycle rather than benchmark referenced performance, according to AXA Investment Managers (AXA IM). 

AXA IM has identified that institutional investors are mirroring the long-held strategies of large-scale investors, such as insurers, to enhance risk-adjusted returns over the course of a cycle and across asset classes.  


Elliott Green Power makes senior appointments to Advisory Board

Elliott Green Power (EGP) has appointed Ivor Frischknecht and Mark Woodall, to its advisory board. Mr Frischknecht, inaugural Chief Executive of the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA), brings 20 years investment experience in the renewable energy sector. Mr Woodall has been a pioneer in low carbon and renewable energy investments, having founded and led Impax Capital. Over a 25 year career, Mr Woodall has completed over 100 transactions with a value in excess of AUD$5 billion.


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.

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