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Secret bond option for grandparents

Author: Austock Life
Date: 09 Feb 2016

Grandparents are increasingly utilising insurance bonds to leave bequests to their grandchildren that are beyond will disputes

Avoiding the bequest trap

Author: Austock Life
Date: 02 Feb 2016

An often overlooked investment can give parents in blended families the certainty that their nominated beneficiaries will receive their bequest without challenges from disgruntled family members

Emerging markets: the optimistic view

Author: Market Vectors Investments
Date: 03 Feb 2016

With all the gloom and doubt surrounding China and other emerging market economies, portfolio manager of the Van Eck Emerging Markets Equity Strategy, David Semple, remains optimistic that 2016 will end well

Difficult few weeks ahead

Author: Lesley Beath
Date: 02 Feb 2016

Overview

Guess who's spending again?

Author: Michael Collins
Date: 17 Feb 2016

Nine years after the last increase, seven years after zero was reached and two years since quantitative easing was abandoned, recent history's most awaited rate rise occurred

Increasingly addled

Author: Bill Gross
Date: 12 Feb 2016

Long ago and far away in the adolescent cauldron known as Los Altos High School, I attended a senior US history class with a man-child named Delos Roman

6 events you may have missed

Author: Michael Collins
Date: 15 Feb 2016

In 2011, the US suffered the embarrassment of losing its triple-A debt rating for the first time when Republicans abandoned the formality of renewing Washington's debt limit in an attempt to blackmail Democrats into agreeing to spending cuts

No visibly encouraging signs

Author: Lesley Beath
Date: 01 Mar 2016

Overview

Suncorp's earnings hit by hazards

Author: Nicholas Grove
Date: 11 Feb 2016

Suncorp Group (SUN) on Thursday announced a 16 per cent fall in net profit to $530 million for the first half of fiscal 2016, after its general insurance business took a hit from a higher-than-expected number of natural hazards and investment market volatility

Finding growth in Asia

Author: Matthews Asia
Date: 03 Mar 2016

As investors, we tend to look for themes to guide medium to long-term asset allocations

Reality bites as BHP ditches progressive dividend

Author: Anthony Fensom
Date: 24 Feb 2016

BHP Billiton (BHP) accepted financial reality on Tuesday by axing its progressive dividend policy and culling its senior executive team after racking up a US$5.7-billion half-year net loss

Maximise your post-tax income through super

Author: Vicky Kuok
Date: 04 Mar 2016

"'In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes," said Benjamin Franklin

Market activity boosts ASX profit

Author: Nicholas Grove
Date: 11 Feb 2016

ASX Limited (ASX) on Thursday announced a net profit of $213.1 million for the first half of fiscal 2016, up 7.3 per cent on the prior year, after the stock-market operator saw increased activity across all areas of the business

Santos slides into red on weaker oil

Author: Anthony Fensom
Date: 19 Feb 2016

Santos Limited (STO) has joined its rivals in racking up red ink on the back of falling oil prices

Telstra lifts 1H profit, reaffirms guidance

Author: Nicholas Grove
Date: 18 Feb 2016

Telstra (TLS) on Thursday announced a net profit after tax of $2.1 billion for the first half of fiscal 2016, up 0.8 per cent on the previous corresponding half year, on the back of growth in retail fixed bundle and mobile customer numbers

NAB posts $1.7bn 1Q cash profit

Author: Nicholas Grove
Date: 16 Feb 2016

National Australia Bank (NAB) on Tuesday announced an unaudited cash profit from continuing operations--which excludes the recently demerger and IPO of Clydesdale Group in the UK--of approximately $1.7 billion for the first quarter ended December 2015

Will the dead cat bounce?

Author: Lesley Beath
Date: 09 Feb 2016

Overview

Rise of the Scrap Age

Author: Morningstar
Date: 01 Mar 2016

Beaten-down iron ore and metallurgical coal prices have prompted investors to wonder whether we've finally reached a bottom

Small caps face unknown in 2016

Author: Nicki Bourlioufas
Date: 15 Feb 2016

Australian small-cap stocks had a good year last year, with the ASX Small Ordinaries Index returning 10.2 per cent, with the hefty gains of Blackmores (BKL) a key example of a large gainer, while the S&P/ASX 200 returned just 2.6 per cent

CSL celebrates anniversary with record profit

Author: Anthony Fensom
Date: 17 Feb 2016

Blood products maker CSL Limited (CSL) has celebrated its 100th anniversary by posting a record US$719 million net profit, up 4 per cent on the previous half year, with double-digit sales growth across its plasma therapy units

Negative gearing: What's at stake for investors?

Author: Anthony Fensom
Date: 08 Mar 2016

The Turnbull government may have shelved its planned reforms to negative gearing, but with Labor pushing for changes, the debate is far from finished

Death benefit pensions: Recent ruling undermines cashing restrictions

Author: SUPERCentral
Date: 08 Mar 2016

One would have thought that issues relating to self-managed super fund (SMSF) pensions are relatively well settled

Action in resources builds optimism

Author: Lesley Beath
Date: 08 Mar 2016

Overview

QBE ups cash profit, dividends

Author: Nicholas Grove
Date: 23 Feb 2016

QBE Insurance (QBE) on Tuesday announced a cash profit of US$893 million for 2015, up 9 per cent on the previous year or 21 per cent on a constant currency basis

Oil slump weakens Woodside

Author: Anthony Fensom
Date: 18 Feb 2016

Slumping oil prices almost wiped out the profits of energy company Woodside Petroleum (WPL) , which booked write-downs of US$1.1 billion after cutting its oil price forecasts

Negative interest rates have become entrenched

Author: Michael Collins
Date: 17 Mar 2016

Capitalism's essential difference from a planned economy is that it allows the price mechanism, rather than some central authority, to allocate resources

Be wary of digitally signing trust deeds

Author: Peter Townsend
Date: 29 Feb 2016

Townsends Lawyers are advising the self-managed super fund (SMSF) sector to be very wary of digitally signing trust deeds

Bear hasn't run its course

Author: Lesley Beath
Date: 16 Feb 2016

Overview

Market Index Performance l February 2016

Author: Morningstar
Date: 03 Mar 2016

Same song still on repeat

Author: Martin Conlon
Date: 16 Mar 2016

Investment strategy of recent years has been somewhat monotonous

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