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LETTER FROM THE MANAGING DIRECTOR

Understanding Asymmetric Return Investing

Asymmetric return investing has gained attention for its potential to deliver substantial returns while mitigating downside risks. This approach...

PRESS RELEASE

Spark's Transformation to Profit-for-Purpose

The handing back of Aura Group's stake in Spark Financial Group to solidify its transition to a profit-for-purpose organisation is a significant...

LETTER FROM THE MANAGING DIRECTOR

The Bitcoin Halving

The 19 April 2024 halving has decreased the reward to 3.125 Bitcoins. Each halving event has historically been followed by significant bullish trends...

VENTURE CAPITAL

ESG: Good for You, Good for Me

Only a handful of the biggest and most successful firms mentioned ESG or a commitment to sustainability on their website and only a few dozen more...

VENTURE CAPITAL

Why We Invested in Hatch

Hatch has optimised the job-seeking experience for young professional candidates and their employers by having an intimate understanding of its...

VENTURE CAPITAL

11 Greatest Pivots of All Time

Often changing market conditions, particularly the technological capabilities of the time, may serve as the catalyst for a pivot. Of course, pivoting...

LETTER FROM THE MANAGING DIRECTOR

Putting the World’s Economy to the Vote

2024 is set for a landmark year in electoral politics, with 64 countries plus the European Union slated to hold elections. We explore the vast...

FAMILY OFFICE

The Rise of Family Offices

As capital markets evolve, family offices have emerged as influential entities, transforming from private wealth management vehicles into significant...

PRESS RELEASE

BetterX welcomes Tony Yammine as CEO

BetterX, a leading provider of end-to-end digital asset management tokenisation software solutions, is thrilled to have Tony Yammine as its new CEO.

LETTER FROM THE MANAGING DIRECTOR

AI and Investment Management

As we start to examine investments in AI companies, it's important to reflect on the implications of this technology within our realm of investment...

VENTURE CAPITAL

Aura Ventures: Why We Invested in Sahha AI

We are thrilled to announce that Aura Ventures has led the Seed round for Sahha. The round was also composed of US VC firm Supermoon capital, Antler...

PRESS RELEASE

Aura Group's New Sydney Office

We are excited to announce that in July the Aura Group Sydney office relocated to Suite 11.01, Level 11, 9 Castlereagh Street, Sydney 2000.

VENTURE CAPITAL

A Beginner’s Guide to Venture Capital Funds

You have heard of venture capital funds before, but do you know how they work? Let's break it down to basics, from fundraising to value creation.

LETTER FROM THE MANAGING DIRECTOR

AI Language Models: The Future is Here

The AI language model has taken the corporate world by storm with its ability to both generate large swaths of text and operate as a search engine.

VENTURE CAPITAL

Breaking Down My Family’s Asset Allocation

As we endure volatile market conditions, many investors are rightfully looking into their portfolios and examining their asset allocations.

PRIVATE CREDIT WEEKLY INSIGHTS

Aura Private Credit Weekly Insights - 21 October

This week, the RBA’s has identified additional considerations that will influence future rate decisions, with a hint of a slowdown in rate rises.

PRIVATE CREDIT

Fintech SME lending in Australia

Fintech lenders aim to reduce friction in the borrowing process for their customers, reducing the turnaround time from application to funding

VENTURE CAPITAL

Focus on what matters: VC guide to metrics

If you could focus on only one metric to guide your life, what would it be? Salary, retweets, distance walked, # productive hours, happiness score…

LETTER FROM THE MANAGING DIRECTOR

What is 33-33-33?

As the alternative industry becomes increasingly accessible and transparent, the discussion is emerging for a new portfolio allocation strategy:...

PRIVATE CREDIT

Aura High Yield SME Fund Celebrates Five Years

Five years since inception, we've produced consistent monthly positive returns and Assets Under Management have grown more than 100% on an annualised...

VENTURE CAPITAL

The Blockchain 101: Cryptography & Trust

Trust is the core value proposition of blockchain technology. Middlemen have made a lot of money by guaranteeing trust when two unknown parties...

LETTER FROM THE MANAGING DIRECTOR

Never waste a crisis

Whilst recessions are costly, they are argued to be the natural balancing act needed to end the misallocation of investment capital when bubbles...

LETTER FROM THE MANAGING DIRECTOR

Elections, energy, and the necessary evil

Fossil fuel investors are profiting from a surge in global commodity prices triggered by supply chain issues and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

LETTER FROM THE MANAGING DIRECTOR

How global is the Great Resignation?

Since early 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic has sent a new shockwave to the global economy seemingly every week.

PRIVATE CREDIT

Weekly Insights: Australian SME Credit

This current economic environment is heating up, with employment and inflation levels reaching all-time highs in the post-pandemic environment.

LETTER FROM THE MANAGING DIRECTOR

Doubling down on culture: 2021 Year in Review

Managing Director Calvin Ng looks back on the year and how the COVID-19 pandemic emphasised the importance of company culture.

LETTER FROM THE MANAGING DIRECTOR

The Year of Community: 2021 Year in Review

2020 was a year of crisis. In response, Aura Group focused on risk management, increased investor communications and returned as much capital as we...

PRIVATE CREDIT

SMEs Throughout the Pandemic and Beyond

Small to medium enterprises (SMEs) have been underserviced in the lending market for some time, further exacerbated by the COVID-19 global pandemic.

PRESS RELEASE

Focus on Social Responsibility

Aura is proud to have supported philanthropic partner, Opportunity International Australia, donating c.$35,000 over the last 12 months

VENTURE CAPITAL

Lygon - Investment Notes

We believe blockchain will be one of the most disruptive technologies since the start of the Internet

PROPERTY DEBT

The Residential Property Market in 2021

This short note focuses on the Sydney residential property market – a large segment of the security provided against loans within our portfolio. 

VENTURE CAPITAL

Founders in Focus: Rob Coorey from Archistar

Archistar helps property professionals find profitable development sites, assess for feasibility and generate architectural design strategies

LETTER FROM THE MANAGING DIRECTOR

Everything You Need to Know About Tail Risk

With global equity markets at all-time highs, it makes sense to revisit tail risks which are easy to ignore in good times.

VENTURE CAPITAL

Does my business have network effects?

Network effects are when every new user to the network adds more value to existing users. Mathematically, a network effect can be represented as V=N².

PRIVATE CREDIT

Private Debt 101

Many fixed-income investors are unaware of the benefits Private Debt, as an asset class, has to offer.

VENTURE CAPITAL

Finding the Exit

As fun as it is handing over your money to a Venture Capital fund to invest in new companies - there comes a time when you just want your money back.

PRIVATE WEALTH

Keeping an Eye on Inflation

There has been a lot of talk in markets and rhetoric from the central banks focused on whether the spike in inflation is transitory.

LETTER FROM THE MANAGING DIRECTOR

Inflation Boogeyman

While most investors expect prices to increase as the global economy recovers, concerns about the speed and trajectory of the recent rises persist

PRIVATE EQUITY

Finsure crowned Best Mortgage Aggregator 2021

The award caps off a stellar year of growth for Finsure which has reached 1910 mortgage brokers, $18.1b of settlements and a loan book in excess of...

COVID-19 Vaccine and Developments

The virus situation continues to improve materially with reductions in both new confirmed cases and positivity rates since December 2020

LETTER FROM THE MANAGING DIRECTOR

Bitcoin, Blockchain, Cryptocurrency and NFTs

In recent times, I’ve been inundated with questions from friends and clients about digital assets, in particular Bitcoin and NFTs.

VENTURE CAPITAL

Finding the Founder

There is no one secret to being a great founder. There are, however, many traits and behaviours that help shape one.

Fear of Missing Out

There is no shortage of key buzzwords in the market reflecting favoured investment themes and this is currently largely led by the internet

VENTURE CAPITAL

Founders in Focus: Matt Barbuto of Ynomia

The month’s edition of Founders in Focus is with Matt Barbuto of Ynomia. Ynomia offers an end-to-end technology solution to enable connected jobsites.

VENTURE CAPITAL

GAMURS Group acquires Pro Game Guides

Pro Game Guides launched in 2018 and has become a major destination for gamers looking for guides, updates and news on their favourite titles.

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