A Sophisticated Investor is a term used to describe an individual or entity that meets specific criteria and is deemed to have a higher level of financial knowledge and experience than an average retail investor. Sophisticated investors are afforded certain exemptions and privileges under Australian financial regulations. When an individual or entity qualifies as a sophisticated investor, they gain access to investment opportunities and financial products that may not be available to retail investors. They are considered to have a greater understanding of complex investment strategies and risks associated with such investments.
The definition of a sophisticated investor in Australia is outlined in the Corporations Act 2001 and is based on the investor’s income, net assets, and previous investing experience. To be classified as a sophisticated investor, an individual must meet at least one of the following criteria:
Being a sophisticated investor does not mean that one is immune to investment risks. In fact, risk management is an essential aspect of investing for both retail and sophisticated investors. While sophisticated investors may have a higher level of financial knowledge and experience, they still need to carefully manage and mitigate risks in their investment strategies. Here are some key considerations for sophisticated investors regarding risk management:READ MORE
A self-managed superannuation fund (SMSF) is a type of superannuation fund in Australia that is managed by its members, who also act as trustees. An SMSF provides individuals with greater control over their retirement savings and investment decisions. In the context of SMSFs, a sophisticated investor refers to an individual or entity that meets certain criteria and is considered to have a higher level of financial knowledge and experience.READ MORE
In the context of investment protection, there are certain differences in the level of regulatory safeguards and investor protections provided to sophisticated investors compared to retail investors. These differences are based on the assumption that sophisticated investors have a higher level of financial knowledge and experience, and therefore, they can bear a greater level of risk and make more informed investment decisions.READ MORE
Investors are able to enjoy the benefits of participating in the ownership of strategically located A-Grade commercial assets securely leased to national tenants.
We target properties with a value between $15 and $50 million. Our intense activity in this market segment gives us access to opportunities generally unavailable to private investors and below the target range of larger institutional funds. Peak Equities relationships in this industry sector also give us, and through us, our investors, early access to off-market opportunities.
Peak Equities Pty Ltd reviews dozens of opportunities each month. Each investment property we recommend will exhibit all of the following attributes:
High quality tenant(s);
Realistic market rentals;
High yielding, secure and tax-effective income streams; and
Genuine Capital Growth Prospects.
Our independent Acquisitions Advisor must certify that any potential acquisition satisfies the above criteria before proceeding to the Due Diligence stage of our enquiry.
All properties short-listed by Peak are subject to rigorous due diligence investigations before purchase, with independent experts ensuring that there are no legal, town planning, structural or technical impediments adversely affecting the property. Contracts will not be signed before clearance on all of these matters. We also prepare comprehensive financial forecasts and research the tenant’s reputation and financial capacity (to the extent possible).
Your investment funds are held in a solicitor’s trust account from which property settlement is transacted. The Trust’s financial affairs are independently audited, and the Trustee (Peak) is subject to supervision by ASIC. The investment property is independently valued each year.
As a Peak Investor, you are free to focus on lifestyle and family, to travel or simply relax in the knowledge that your property affairs are in expert and caring hands at all times.
Our executive team, together with our consultants and agents, have many years of experience and expertise in sourcing and managing your investment assets. Our skills in establishing and maintaining excellent relationships with our tenants and contractors ensures that the best possible outcomes are achieved in managing the property, retaining tenants and optimising income for our investors.
Our skills in managing lease negotiations and any major capital works can achieve substantial financial benefits for investors.
Beyond ensuring optimal income returns, we apply our skills and expertise to capital enhancement of the property, ensuring that at all times our investors can look forward to sound capital growth on their investment.
Rather than investing a substantial sum in the ownership of a single commercial asset, investors can allocate that equity across a number of premium assets. This not only leads to optimal returns it also protects against the consequences of protracted vacancy or major capital expenditure in a single investment property.
Investments in Peak Syndicates come with a guarantee of liquidity after a maximum of 5 years.
Enjoy the benefits of monthly income distributions at fixed rates throughout the term of your investment. Peak engages expert quantity surveyors to review every aspect of the property and to provide a depreciation report that yields the most tax-effective outcome for investors.
We are open, communicative and transparent in all of our dealings with our valued investors, who are free to contact any member of our management team at all times.
Peak Equities provides concise, informative updates to investors each quarter, with more frequent communications if there are any matters of significance to report.
Audited Financial Statements are issued within 3 months of financial year-end, and we provide your accountants and tax agents with all information and explanations they may require.
A Sophisticated Investor Certificate is a designation that acknowledges your advanced financial knowledge and experience, allowing you to access a wider range of investment opportunities that may not be available to retail investors. This certification is designed for individuals who meet specific criteria, demonstrating their ability to make informed investment decisions and shoulder the associated risks. It is an essential credential for those seeking to explore sophisticated investment options in the Australian market.
To apply for a Sophisticated Investor Certificate in Australia, you must fulfill certain eligibility criteria, which typically include meeting one or more of the following: An annual income of at least $250,000 for the last two financial years. Net assets of at least $2.5 million. Holding current Certified or Self-Managed Superannuation Fund auditor or actuary accreditation. Once you meet these criteria, you can apply through a licensed Australian financial institution, such as a bank or a brokerage firm. The application process typically involves providing documentation to substantiate your financial position and experience. It is advisable to seek professional financial advice before applying to ensure that you meet the eligibility requirements and fully understand the implications of the certification.
Finding high-quality sophisticated investments in Australia requires careful consideration and due diligence. Here are some key considerations:
Remember that sophisticated investments often come with higher risks, and it’s essential to have a well-thought-out investment plan. Consulting with a financial advisor and conducting thorough research can help you make informed decisions that align with your financial objectives as a sophisticated investor in Australia.