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Articles from: A hard landing for China? to Cochlear records strong profit lift

A hard landing for China?

Author: Andy Brunner
Date: 12 Jan 2015

It is well-known that growth rates in the Chinese economy are in long-term structural decline as the authorities attempt to transition to a slower and more sustainable pace of growth

Is the oil price near a low?

Author: Lesley Beath
Date: 16 Dec 2014

Overview

5 golden stock picks revealed

Author: Nicholas Grove
Date: 10 Dec 2014

Investment strategies with Morningstar Analyst Ratings of Gold, Silver, or Bronze carry the prestige of being labelled a "Morningstar Medallist"

Tips to avoid an ATO audit breach

Author: Michael Hallinan
Date: 23 Dec 2014

An auditor contravention report (ACR) may never happen for your fund, but wouldn't it be nice to be prepared just in case? Around 11,000 ACRs were issued in the last financial year (2013-14)

A bit of a conundrum

Author: Lesley Beath
Date: 13 Jan 2015

Overview

3 bank myths debunked

Author: Christine St Anne
Date: 12 Dec 2014

The lessons behind the classic fable Chicken Little could easily have been applied to media reporting in the lead-up to the Financial Services Inquiry (FSI)

The ECB's shifting regimes

Author: Andrew Bosomworth
Date: 15 Dec 2014

The European Central Bank (ECB) is likely to commence a broad-based asset-purchase programme, that is, quantitative easing (QE), in the first quarter of 2015

Make sure you SuperStream, not SuperScream

Author: Graeme Colley
Date: 16 Dec 2014

Do you have a self-managed superannuation fund (SMSF) that receives contributions from an employer with more than 20 employees? If you do, then the SuperStream changes may have an impact now

What diversification means for your portfolio

Author: Phillip Gray
Date: 07 Jan 2015

One of the most important principles of investing is called "diversification"

Another hit to SMSFs?

Author: Christine St Anne
Date: 11 Dec 2014

Self-managed superannuation fund (SMSF) trustees face two big challenges following the release of this week's Financial System Inquiry (FSI) report

Greek New Year: Departure from the euro?

Author: Jeremy Beckwith
Date: 14 Jan 2015

While Europe relaxed during their Christmas holidays, a new president and a general election has been called for 25 January in Greece

Avoid outliving your retirement savings

Author: Larissa Fernand
Date: 08 Jan 2015

Emerging markets still global growth drivers

Author: Mark Mobius
Date: 16 Jan 2015

We at Templeton Emerging Markets Group believe high economic growth rates will remain a key attraction of many emerging markets in 2015

4 issues facing SMSFs in 2015

Author: Christine St Anne
Date: 20 Jan 2015

As well as choppy markets, self-managed superannuation fund (SMSF) trustees will confront myriad issues in 2015, a few of which are examined below

6 headwinds for 2015

Author: Christine St Anne
Date: 19 Jan 2015

1) Commodity prices and a slowing China Iron-ore prices are likely to stay lower in 2015, according to a Morningstar report

Wait for some positive signs

Author: Lesley Beath
Date: 20 Jan 2015

Overview

The Midas touch and market cycles

Author: Martin Conlon
Date: 21 Jan 2015

Any doubts that may have been harboured as to the inherent cyclicality of these businesses and the ability for prices to exist at a permanently higher plane have been dispelled

Are oil stocks attractively priced?

Author: Matthew Coffina
Date: 22 Jan 2015

Energy stocks are down by nearly 25 per cent over the past three months to December 2014 and there are now 37 energy companies carrying Morningstar's five-star rating, meaning they are significantly undervalued

The industry: A crucial piece in stock evaluation

Author: Karl Siegling
Date: 28 Jan 2015

Fundamental or technical research on a company that ignores the industry in which a company operates is like doing research "in a bubble"

ECB finally delivers on quantitative easing

Author: Brian Parker
Date: 29 Jan 2015

What has the European Central Bank done? Last week, the European Central Bank (ECB) announced a massive program of quantitative easing (QE)

Market action appears encouraging

Author: Lesley Beath
Date: 27 Jan 2015

Overview

10 benefits of family trusts

Author: Michael Hutton
Date: 27 Jan 2015

There is a current tendency for family trusts to be overlooked in favour of self-managed superannuation funds (SMSFs) as a way of managing wealth

NAB's 1Q profit up 6pc, recovery under way

Author: Christine St Anne
Date: 05 Feb 2015

National Australia Bank (NAB) on Thursday announced an unaudited profit for the first quarter of fiscal 2015 of $1.65 billion, up 6 per cent on the same quarter in fiscal 2014

Maximising franking credits in SMSFs

Author: Graeme Colley
Date: 04 Feb 2015

When the dividend imputation or franking credits system started in 1987, it was seen as a boon to all investors

CSL, Stockland and AGL grow earnings

Author: Nicholas Grove
Date: 11 Feb 2015

Companies covered in this report: • CSL Limited (CSL)

Games people play

Author: Bill Gross
Date: 02 Feb 2015

My mother taught me how to play Monopoly -- the game -- and the markets over 40 years past have taught me how to play Monopoly -- the financial economy

JB Hi-Fi's 1H profit down, flags flat year

Author: Nicholas Grove
Date: 02 Feb 2015

JB Hi-Fi Limited (JBH) on Monday announced a 2 per cent fall in net profit to $88.5 million for the half year ended 31 December 2014

Navitas records 13pc fall in 1H profit

Author: Nicholas Grove
Date: 03 Feb 2015

Pre-university and university pathway programs provider Navitas Limited (NVT) on Tuesday reported a 12 per cent rise in net profit before one-off charges to $40.4 million for the half year ended 31 December 2014

Market Index Performance l January 2015

Author: Morningstar
Date: 04 Feb 2015

Cochlear records strong profit lift

Author: Nicholas Grove
Date: 10 Feb 2015

Bionic ear manufacturer Cochlear Limited (COH) on Tuesday announced a 94 per cent rise in net profit before one-off items to $71.4 million for the first half of fiscal 2015

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