Published in: FS Super
Author: Alan Greenstein, Zagga
Date: July 2017
Why Australians need a new approach to income investments
The Australian investment market of 2017 is rapidly evolving.
Low interest rates and global monetary policy have pushed yields to record lows. Property prices have reached “bubbly” proportions in many locations. Exchange-traded funds (ETFs) and listed investment companies (LICs) are attracting fans for their lower fees and higher liquidity. More Australians are eschewing the confines of a pooled superannuation and going it alone.
And against this backdrop, a wave of baby boomers reaching retirement age is creating huge demand for income-producing assets.
How will the investment industry respond to these trends? How will it meet the demand for transparency, control and income that today’s sophisticated investors demand? And what are the risks to the system, to the industry and to individuals if they don’t?
This paper explores a number of trends among self-directed and wholesale / sophisticated investors, and looks at why a new asset class is needed to reduce risk and increase returns among income-focused investors in Australia.