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Hostplus plans $400m venture capital investments

Hostplus plans to invest $400 million into venture capital in the next five years, accelerating a surge of superannuation money into the sector.
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Telstra CEO Andy Penn wants more super investment in start-ups

Telstra chief executive Andy Penn said there needed to be "structural changes" to superannuation to allow for more of Australia's $2 trillion in savings to be invested in start-up companies.
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Trend of investing in members’ industries continues with Media Super

Media Super has invested $60 million into local film and television production, doubling its previous allocation of $30 million.
This move continues a growing trend among super funds to seek to invest in industries aligned with their membership: NGS Super has been exploring funding preschools; Cbus has been looking into affordable housing; and HESTA has been assessing the viability of health and aged care.

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ASIAN FAMILIES TURN CONSERVATIVE WITH FIXED INCOME

Asia’s wealthiest families are turning conservative in their investing approach, in contrast to their peers around the world who have been allocating more aggressively and accepting more risk in return for growth.
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Fintech investment in Asia-Pacific quadruples in 2015

Finextra, 4th November 2015
Investments in non-bank fintech companies across Asia-Pacific has quadrupled over the past year – from about $880 million in all of 2014 to nearly $3.5 billion in just the first nine months of 2015, according to a new report by Accenture.
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Franchisor revenue to reach $192.6bn by 2021

Franchise Business, 4th November 2015
In the five years through to 2020-21 growth in the franchising sector will be a steady 2.3 percent, reflecting franchisor revenue of $192.6 bn. That's according to the latest IbisWorld industry report.
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The pace and structure of lending stifles Australia

Cuffelinks, by Ashley Owen on November 12, 2015
Lending patterns can often provide valuable insights into likely future trends. Two key indicators are the pace and type of lending. The first chart shows lending to businesses (blue) and to households (red) in Australia since 1980, in real terms after CPI inflation.
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Forget Retirement. Baby Boomers Are Looking to Franchising to Stay Active

According to a 2014 Merril Lynch Retirement Study many U.S. baby boomers wont be heading into traditional retirements but instead will remain working as franchisees.
This is also likely to be trend in Australia.
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Small Business Lending in the US & UK

http://www.crowdfundinsider.com/2015/11/77011-small-business-lending-in-the-us-uk-deck/
Karen Mills, former Administrator of the Small Business Administration and current Senior Fellow at Harvard University, co-authored a study on credit markets and SMEs back in 2014. She recently presented at LendIt Europe on the state of Marketplace / Peer to peer lending.

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'Reject the accounts': Harvey Norman under fire on $943m franchisee loans

Financial Review, 1 Nov 2016
Retail giant Harvey Norman is facing a shareholder revolt over $943 million in loans to franchisees, with a proxy adviser recommending fund managers vote against accepting the group's financial accounts at its November 14 annual meeting.

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Kohler uncovers: Dominos
http://www.news.com.au/video/id-BrMnFrbzrTPoUdkjYMzso3alydiM4XW4/Kohler-uncovers:-Dominos

$400,000 franchise investment now worth $1 billion

The Sydney Morning Herald, 12 Nov 2015
A $400,000 investment nearly 30 years ago by food franchise entrepreneur Jack Cowin in a Brisbane pizza business is now worth more than $1 billion according to a media report.

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Technology drives Domino’s better-than-expected results

Franchise Business, 5 Nov 2015
Domino’s has posted strong first quarter results for its financial year 2016 and predicts 25 percent growth on 2015 by the end of the financial year.
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Domino's Pizza gobbles French pizza chain

The Australian Financial Review, 14 Oct 2015, Sue Mitchell
Domino's Pizza Enterprises is scouting for further acquisitions overseas after cementing its leading share of the French pizza market with the surprise acquisition of rival chain Pizza Sprint for €35 million ($55 million).
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