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Winners and losers in the Year of the Monkey

Author: Anthony Fensom
Date: 12 Dec 2016

For Australian investors, picking the right sectors in the mischievous Year of the Monkey has proven challenging, with the Year of the Rooster set to deliver its own surprises

Sonic booms offshore while Australia remains subdued

Author: Glenn Freeman
Date: 17 Aug 2016

Revenue grew to $5.05 billion, 20 per cent up on fiscal 2015's $4.2 billion result, and a dividend (30 per cent franked) of 74 cents a share was announced

Lend Lease 12pc interim profit growth underpinned by office delivery

Author: Glenn Freeman
Date: 27 Feb 2017

Earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) for the property developer grew across all three business segments in the first half of fiscal 2017, up 25 per cent for the group to $639.6 million from $512 million a year earlier

Why ANZ's sale of SRCB stake makes sense

Author: Nicholas Grove
Date: 04 Jan 2017

On Tuesday, the bank announced it had agreed to sell its 20 per cent stake in SRCB to China COSCO Shipping Corporation Limited and Shanghai Sino-Poland Enterprise Management Development Corporation Limited for $1.8 billion

Utilities trading in overvalued territory

Author: Nicki Bourlioufas
Date: 22 Aug 2016

Utilities, like many infrastructure businesses, have long been a favourite among investors for regularly paying dividends and being considered relatively safe, or defensive, investments

Ramsay reports healthy dividend, profit growth and CEO exit

Author: Glenn Freeman
Date: 23 Feb 2017

Australia's largest private hospital operator, Ramsay Health Care (ASX: RHC) , recorded $267.8 million in core NPAT for the half

Here's a top-rated exposure to Japanese equities

Author: Nicholas Grove
Date: 22 Nov 2016

Morningstar UK fund analyst Kenneth Lamont points out in a recent article that Japan has more to gain or lose from changes to US economic and foreign policy under a Trump presidency than most other countries

Suncorp's fiscal 2015 earnings in line

Author: Christine St Anne
Date: 04 Aug 2015

Suncorp Group (SUN) on Tuesday announced a profit for the financial year to 30 June 2015 of $1.1 billion, an increase of 55 per cent

Challenger lifts profit 8pc on record annuity sales

Author: Nicholas Grove
Date: 14 Feb 2017

Including a profit from the sale of Kapstream Capital in the prior corresponding period, statutory net profit was down about 14 per cent to $202 million

How managed funds can smooth your SMSF risk exposure

Author: Glenn Freeman
Date: 29 Jul 2016

"If you look at SMSFs, most of them over the last few years have underperformed--when you look at the risk and return, these SMSFs have got almost double the risk of a diversified growth managed fund," says Robin Bowerman, head of market strategy and communications, Vanguard Australia

ATO highlights common SMSF traps

Author: Christine St Anne
Date: 06 Aug 2015

The penalty regime for self-managed superannuation funds (SMSFs) under the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) has been in place for a year

Top Aussie stocks in infrastructure, education and agriculture

Author: Glenn Freeman
Date: 08 Sep 2016

Wilson believes domestic stocks are often taken for granted because Australian companies "are liquid and they are well governed"

Is the threat of inflation real?

Author: Michael Collins
Date: 18 Jul 2013

The Federal Reserve judges that inflation is low enough for it to prolong its third splash of quantitative easing

Smart beta offers big opportunities in small caps

Author: Arian Neiron
Date: 28 Mar 2017

Investors continue to gravitate towards small-cap companies for growth, particularly as the resources sector continues to recover

Keating's other legacy

Author: Christine St Anne
Date: 22 Nov 2013

My book, A Super History , closely explored the beginnings of Australia's compulsory superannuation industry

Stockland hands down solid FY16 result

Author: Glenn Freeman
Date: 17 Aug 2016

Property conglomerate Stockland Group (ASX: SGP) on Wednesday reported underlying earnings of $660 million for fiscal 2016, up 8.5 per cent on fiscal 2015

400 million reasons to invest in LICs

Author: Anthony Fensom
Date: 01 Jun 2016

More than 30 LICs have listed on the ASX since 2012, increasing their total number to 87 as of April 2016, while their market value doubled to $30 billion over the same period

Something amazing about to happen in China

Author: Richard Watt
Date: 21 Nov 2016

This is amazing not because it will offer better investment opportunities in China, but because it represents a key part of the incredible story of the Shenzhen Stock Exchange, the companies listed on it, and the city it sits in

5 small-cap stocks that topped our return charts in 2016

Author: Glenn Freeman
Date: 31 Jan 2017

These five companies delivered top total return figures among Morningstar's small-cap segment of stocks under coverage in 2016

CBA lifts half-year cash profit 2pc, dividend 1pc

Author: Nicholas Grove
Date: 15 Feb 2017

Cash earnings per share stood at $2.86, flat on the previous corresponding half, the bank said in a statement to the ASX

Another telco adjusts to structural shift in the sector

Author: Glenn Freeman
Date: 08 Dec 2016

This week's TPG Telecom (ASX: TPM) annual general meeting reiterated management's previous earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) outlook for fiscal 2017, but concerns about the revenue effect of NBN have increased

Navitas shares rally despite underlying profit dip

Author: Nicki Bourlioufas
Date: 02 Aug 2016

Investors have lifted the stock higher, despite a fall in underlying profits

3 stocks set for strong cash-flow growth

Author: Nicholas Grove
Date: 21 Jun 2016

The investment firm believes a focus on free cash flow yield and free cash flow growth is particularly interesting at present given the market's preoccupation with dividend yields against a backdrop of low competing interest rates

Computershare 1H17 result banks on business renewal, rising rates

Author: Glenn Freeman
Date: 15 Feb 2017

Computershare (ASX: CPU) shareholders will receive an interim dividend of 17 cents a share, 30 per cent franked, up 6.3 per cent on the first half of fiscal 2016

Wesfarmers posts bumper profit, but clouds loom

Author: Nicki Bourlioufas
Date: 16 Feb 2017

However, Wesfarmers' (ASX: WES) Coles supermarket business is struggling to maintain market share in the face of strong competition from ALDI

Investors demand more transparency and efficiency

Author: Glenn Freeman
Date: 28 Dec 2016

In recent years, public discussion of investment technology has centred on digitally-enabled investment advice for consumers--or robo-advice--including mobile applications

LICs facing stiff competition

Author: Nicki Bourlioufas
Date: 12 Apr 2016

Some listed investment companies (LICs) can offer the best of both worlds--lower costs compared to traditional managed funds while at the same time being actively managed, offering the potential to outperform benchmark indices and rival exchange-traded funds (ETFs)

How long can the bull keep running?

Author: Nicki Bourlioufas
Date: 07 Apr 2017

If it feels like the current bull market has been running for years, that's because it has

NAB's 1Q cash profit dips 1pc after costs rise

Author: Nicholas Grove
Date: 06 Feb 2017

National Australia Bank (ASX: NAB) on Monday announced a first-quarter underlying cash profit of $1.6 billion, down 1 per cent on the same quarter in the previous financial year, after an increase in redundancy costs impacted the bottom line

The good, the bad and the ugly BHP

Author: Nicholas Grove
Date: 07 Apr 2014

Last week, The Australian Financial Review reported that BHP Billiton (BHP) was considering spinning off many of its "non-core" assets

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