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MB Fund seminar in Canberra tonight!

As we round out 2 years in the saddle, we are happy to announce round three of the MB Fund seminar series. This year’s presentation is titled Global Shocker! It will examine the mushrooming threats in Australia’s external environment including Cold War 2.0 and trade wars, Brexit, a slowing China and US recession, as well as their impacts

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MB Fund May Performance

The rip higher in bond prices meant that our asset allocation portfolios outperformed the median super fund substantially in May – three of our four tactical funds beat the median fund by over 1% in the month: The bond movement though leaves us at an impasse. Bond markets are pricing disaster, equity markets are pricing

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MB Fund Podcast: Oil Canary Dead in the Cage?

This week’s LIVE webinar (12:30pm AEST, Thursday 20th June) – we dive into our take on the current state of the global liquid dinosaur trade. Key short term fundamentals reflection on recent price volatility Will the resurgence in US Shale force an OPEC+ extension? How do these short term measures play into our longer forecasts?

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MB Fund Podcast: Oil Canary Dead in the Cage? LIVE TODAY

This week’s LIVE webinar (12:30pm AEST, Thursday 20th June) – we dive into our take on the current state of the global liquid dinosaur trade. Key short term fundamentals reflection on recent price volatility What are the implications for global growth, markets and interest rates? How do these short term measures play into our longer forecasts? Join

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MB Fund podcast: What next for the RBA?

This week’s LIVE webinar (12:30pm AEST, Thursday 6th June) – Australia’s Reserve Bank has capitulated on its eternal economic optimism with the first rate cut in years just as the US Fed turns dovish in the face of Trumps trade war. How many cuts in the cash rate are ahead? What happens when it runs out of

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MB Fund Podcast: Aussie dollar dazzler? LIVE NOW

This week’s LIVE webinar (12:30pm AEST, Thursday 6th June) – we discuss the outlook for the Australian dollar as the Us/China Cold War develops, the local economy falters and global markets sag. Join MB Fund’s Head of Investments Damien Klassen, Chief Strategist David Llewellyn Smith and Tim Fuller as we dive into the Aussie Dollar Drivers. HEAD

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MB Fund Podcast: Is the beast back? The future of Australian property

This week’s LIVE webinar (12:30pm AEST, Thursday 30th May) – we dive into a big update on Australian’s favourite asset rollercoaster. With the pro-property party firmly back in power – the question remains, does this mean ‘risk on’ for the property pundits or is there still enough pessimistic proof of potential paroxysm? So join MB Fund’s Head

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MB Fund Podcast: Rise of the beast? The future of Australian property. LIVE TODAY

This week’s LIVE webinar (12:30pm AEST, Thursday 30th May) – we dive into a big update on Australian’s favourite asset roller coaster. With the pro-property party firmly back in power – the question remains, does this mean ‘risk on’ for the property pundits or is there still enough pessimistic proof of potential paroxysm? So join MB Fund’s

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MB Growth Fund rated “Recommended” by IIR

Independent Investment Research recently released a report into the fund underlying the MB Growth fund and rated it Recommended. Some of the highlights: Recommendation IIR ascribes a “RECOMMENDED” rating to the Nucleus Tactical Growth model portfolio. While the track record is relatively short, IIR views the quantum and pattern of performance as being consistent with

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MB Fund level hits key benchmark

We are closing in on two years of running client money for the MB fund and we have hit a number of funds under management targets at Praemium which unlocks lower administration costs. We are passing all of the cost savings on to investors. Some of the added benefits: Lower administration cost. Platform administration costs

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MB Fund Podcast: Trade War Explodes

This week’s LIVE webinar (12:30pm AEST, Thursday 23rd May) reviewed the escalation between global powerhouses USA and China. Is this the Cold War 2.0? What is the US trying to achieve? How might it play out and some potential scenarios How are these events likely to impact investment in the near future? So join MB

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MB Podcast: US/China economic war explodes

This week’s LIVE webinar (12:30pm AEST, Thursday 23rd May) – As we review the escalation between global powerhouses USA and China. Is this the Cold War 2.0? What is the US trying to achieve? How might it play out and some potential scenarios How are these events likely to impact investment in the near future? So

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MB Fund Podcast: Mega Trends

On today’s show we look at some prevailing Mega Trends. Join MB Fund’s Head of Investment, Damien Klassen and Tim Fuller having a look at some of the major global trends that impact the way a money manager invests in stock markets. – Rising inequality – Baby Boomers – Women in the workforce – Global

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MB Fund Podcast: Is the housing bust ending?

As the mainstream media are beginning to publish some bullish ‘green shoot’ news on the Australian property market, we take a look at a series of indicators to check whether the bulls have awoken on time, or early. So join MB Fund’s Head of Investments Damien Klassen, Chief Strategist David Llewellyn Smith, Chief Economist Leith

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MB Fund Podcast – Housing Bust Ending? – LIVE TODAY

This week’s LIVE webinar (12:30pm AEST, Thursday 9th May) – we look at whether the Housing Bust is ending? As the mainstream media are beginning to publish some bullish ‘green shoot’ news on the Australian property market, we take a look at a series of indicators to check whether the bulls have awoken on time, or early. So join

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MB Fund Podcast: Special Guest Matt Barrie

We have another special guest week in Matt Barrie. Matt is an award winning entrepreneur, technologist and lecturer, having won numerous awards including being named the inaugural BRW Entrepreneur of the Year in 2011. He is now the founder and CEO of listed company Freelancer.com, which is one of the worlds largest freelancing and crowdsourcing

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MB Fund March 2019 performance

Global equities finished the month with the best quarterly performance since 3Q 2010. Of more interest to our investors though: we have had a change of heart and made some significant portfolio changes. Our assessment is that “we are not in Kansas anymore” and, while we will return to the real world before the end

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MB Fund Podcast: China to the rescue again?

This week’s LIVE webinar (12:30pm AEST, Thursday 18 April) – we look at recent numbers out of China, it’s subsequent investment implications and how we are adjusting portfolios to take advantage. Join MB Fund’s Head of Investments Damien Klassen, Chief Strategist David Llewellyn Smith and Tim Fuller as we discuss recent global data points and how

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MB Fund Webinar: What does China’s credit deluge mean?

This week’s LIVE webinar (12:30pm AEST, Thursday 18 April) we look at recent numbers out of China and examine what this means for Australian and global investment trends. Join MB Fund’s Head of Investments Damien Klassen, Chief Strategist David Llewellyn Smith and Tim Fuller as we discuss recent global data points and how we are

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Stay long grifters, influencers and lobbyists

There have been a number of commentators who have made the point that we have inflation in things we need (housing, utilities, fruit&veg, hospital services) and disinflation in things that we want (ice cream, TVs, cars, washing machines etc): But this isn’t the full story. Of the eleven main categories that the Australian Bureau of

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MB Fund Podcast Special Guest: Denise Brailey

We have another special guest week in Denise Brailey, who is President of the Banking and Finance Consumers Support Association. (BFCSA) BFCSA investigates fraud involving lenders, spruikers and financial planners worldwide. For the past two decades, Ms Brailey, President of BFCSA (Inc), has been a tireless campaigner, championing the cause of older and low-income people

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Ethical super funds, unethical fees

From SuperRatings last week Lonsec has sustainable (AKA ethical or ESG) super funds charging high fees and underperforming: the median performance of ‘sustainable’ investment funds is lower than the median performance of the SuperRatings SR50 Balanced (60-76) Index, comprised of traditional balanced super funds. Furthermore, the ‘sustainable’ funds have higher median fees. The combination of the

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Bond yields: Are we there yet?

We have long been of the view that the Reserve Bank is misdiagnosing the economic environment and interest rates are not going up any time soon. Over the past few months, interest rate markets have joined our pessimism and bond yields have fallen – netting a tidy profit on longer-dated bond holdings. After today’s RBA

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MB Fund podcast special guest: Damien Boey

We have another special guest week in Damien Boey, who is Credit Suisse’s head of Australian economics and equity strategy. He has worked for the firm for 13 years, and prior to his career at Credit Suisse, worked for 4 years at the Reserve Bank of Australia: After the interview we will then look at

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Strong start to 2019 for most super funds

Chant West has the latest performance stats: Super funds have kept up their strong start to 2019, with the median growth fund (61 to 80% in growth assets) gaining 2.7% in February on the back of the ongoing rally in share markets. “World share markets have traded in a V-shaped pattern over the past few

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Hostplus: Avoid bonds and cash

From Bloomberg: Australia’s best-performing superannuation fund is going against the grain by avoiding cash and bonds, betting the 30-year investment horizon of its youthful members means it can ride out looming economic shocks. Hostplus, which represents swathes of the country’s baristas and restaurant waiters, had about 53 per cent of its $40 billion invested in

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MB Fund February 2019 performance

Stock markets continued to rally in February to recover most of the losses from late 2018, at the same time Australian government bonds have continued to price a slowing Australian economy which led to a strong performance from all of our portfolios. International +5.3%, Tactical Growth +3.4% and Tactical Foundation +2.0% were the best performers. We

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Dodging the housing crash in your portfolio

We understand that many of our investors are concerned by the ongoing pullback in Australian house prices, and are now worried about this having an impact on their stock portfolios. As prices move from a long overdue correction, potentially into a serious meltdown, it is easy to see how this will have an increasing effect

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MB Fund Podcast – Frankencredits and you.

This week’s LIVE webinar (12:30pm AEST, Thursday 28 Feb) – we look at the proposed changes to refundable imputation credits. Join MB Funds’s Head of Investments Damien Klassen, and Tim Fuller as we bring you up to speed some of the impacts these changes will bring: – Who the changes will affect most – How

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AQR: New S.M.O.O.T.H. Fund fights the good fight

Quick shout out to AQR (a large US quantitative manager) who have a post out fighting the good fight against some of the big issues with funds with high levels of unlisted assets – this includes many of the large industry super funds in Australia. Three of the key issues they raise: 1. Reporting quirks