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14 June 2017
A fintech approach to housing affordability: How can fractional property investing contribute to the solution?
Australians have an unwavering fascination with property. Lately the spotlight has been focused on housing affordability and the inability of many Australians to jump on the property train.
The Australian dream has also evolved - from owning large property, to holding an entire investment portfolio. But rather than focusing on affordability, perhaps we should focus on accessibility.
Since launching in September last year, BRICKX has burst onto the Australian Fintech scene, disrupting property ownership as we know it by offering one potential solution to the housing affordability issue.
Anthony Millet, BRICKX CEO, will talk about his views on the current state of the fintech industry, the innovative property investment product and discuss the company’s route to success winning the Best Fintech Startup at the Startcon Australasian Startup Awards in 2016 and the CANSTAR 2017 Innovation Excellence Award.
23 May 2017|
Founder and Director, Behavioural Finance Australia (BFA)
Overcoming the hidden biases in financial forecasting
Financial forecasts and predictions for the future underpin decision‐making made by governments, corporations and investors. Forecasts can have substantial financial, economic and social consequences. However, many forecasts are systematically biased by decision‐making traps. In this talk Simon Russell will explore some of the psychology behind common forecasting errors, and strategies to help identify and overcome them.
20 April 2017|
Associate Professor, MAFC
The Strategic CFO - the potential for corporate finance skills to create value
CFO’s have moved into a new era. In addition to their traditional responsibilities the modern CFO is expected to be a strategic partner to the CEO and senior management. In this presentation Associate Professor Tony Carlton reviews key dimensions of what this ‘strategic’ role means, and identifies key corporate finance skills that will help the CFO fulfil this challenging role. Specific dimensions include: value champion, performance measurement, capital allocation, risk management, financial strategist, and intermediary between markets and business. Tony will explain how to apply modern corporate skills and tools will help the CFO create value in these roles
16 March 2017|
Head of Retirement Income Research, Challenger
Managing consumption velocity
The challenge of how much retirees can spend safely has been debated by academics and practitioners for many years. Yet it remains a challenge that many advisers grapple with their retiree clients. Super funds face the same challenge, and the government’s response to the FSI in regard to retirement products highlights that improvements can be made.With any plan the actual endpoint is important and in this retirement is no different. Aaron will introduce the concept of consumption velocity and show how it can be measured and used to help retirees maximise their spending (best lifestyle) in retirement without blowing up their capital early This presentation is based on a working paper on consumption velocity, which was also used in a workshop with FEAL executives late last year.
14 February 2017|
22 February 207
Associate Professor Elizabeth Sheedy
Macquarie Applied Finance Centre
Revisiting the Lehman Sisters Hypothesis: Does Diversity Improve Financial Risk Management
In the financial services industry where risk management should be sine qua non, diversity is an issue for ongoing debate and scrutiny. This study scrutinises the supposed benefits of diversity for risk management on the dimensions of gender and age. The analysis is based on staff survey responses drawn from ten banks headquartered in Australia, Canada and the UK.
Elizabeth Sheedy published the article 'Senior female bankers don't conform to stereotypes and are just as ready to take risks' in The Conversation on 30 January with more than 10,000 reads, which proves the relevance of diversity themes in risk management.