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Articles from: Ramsay announces $481m profit and new pharmacy venture to Oil Search profit falls 89pc on energy price slide

Ramsay announces $481m profit and new pharmacy venture

Author: Glenn Freeman
Date: 30 Aug 2016

Australia's largest private hospital operator Ramsay Health Care (ASX: RHC) on Tuesday reported core net profit after tax (NPAT) of $481.4 million for fiscal 2016, up 17 per cent from $412.1 million in fiscal 2015

SMSF assets fall as shares slide, property on the rise

Author: Nicki Bourlioufas
Date: 29 Jun 2016

But property and cash deposit exposures grew, reflecting a flight to the perceived safety of these asset classes

Young remain financially conservative

Author: Geoff Davey
Date: 18 Dec 2014

Millennials have been thought to behave more conservatively when it comes to their finances compared to older generations

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

Anchors aweigh

Author: Matthew Booker
Date: 21 Jan 2016

In hindsight it has been nirvana for the unsophisticated investor

News Corp reports 16pc earnings bump, 2pc revenue slide

Author: Glenn Freeman
Date: 10 Feb 2017

News Corporation's (ASX: NWS) earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) increased 16 per cent in the three months to December 2016 to $325 million, up from $280 million in the prior corresponding period

Top stock picks for fiscal 2016

Author: Anthony Fensom
Date: 24 Jul 2015

Plunging oil prices helped Qantas Airways (QAN) fly away with the prize for the top ASX 200 stock for fiscal 2015

Echoes from Africa

Author: Bill Gross
Date: 12 Jan 2017

"If I sang a song about Africa/Of the spotted giraffe, the hyena's laugh/Of the fiery sun rising to meet the day/With a stillness belying the lion's evening meal/Would Africa sing a song about me?" "If I remembered a time once in Africa/Bride at my shoulder, chasing a leopard's shadow/With human eyes and Nikon shutters wide apart/Invading the solitude of blackened ancestors/Would Africa remember a time once with me?

SMSF establishment rates drop

Author: Katarina Taurian
Date: 28 May 2013

Establishments of self-managed super funds (SMSFs) have decreased significantly, according to the Australian Taxation Office's (ATO) Self-Managed Super Fund Statistical Report for March 2013, but the SMSF Professionals' Association of Australia (SPAA) is not concerned by the data

Don't depend on central banks for profit

Author: Tom Walker
Date: 27 Oct 2016

Equities rising, gold soaring, bond yields plunging--asset class reaction to the Brexit vote has left many investors and market commentators scratching their heads

Safe withdrawal rates for Australian retirees

Author: David Blanchett/Anthony Serhan/Peter Gee
Date: 02 Feb 2016

There is a growing body of literature on safe withdrawal rates for retirees

Market Index Performance | December 2013

Author: Morningstar
Date: 06 Jan 2014

Improving outlook for transitioning economy

Author: Randal Jenneke
Date: 20 Jan 2016

While many people view the Australian economy as being dominated by resources and commodity prices, in reality, this is not actually the case

Spending strategy crucial in retirement

Author: Christine St Anne
Date: 05 Dec 2014

To have champagne taste on a beer budget is a well-known idiom

Will CBA continue to underperform its peers?

Author: Nicki Bourlioufas
Date: 14 Sep 2016

Analysts are divided on the outlook for the big four banks and impending changes to capital requirements has been weighing on the sector, especially the nation's biggest financial institution, the Commonwealth Bank of Australia (ASX: CBA)

What are the ATO's SMSF compliance targets for FY17?

Author: Anthony Fensom
Date: 24 Nov 2016

Fewer SMSF trustees and their funds were penalised by the ATO in fiscal 2016, with the ATO pointing to its more collaborative approach

Buffett's simple secrets to success

Author: Jason Stipp
Date: 11 Mar 2015

Berkshire Hathaway released its fourth-quarter results and 2014 annual letter over the weekend -- required (and highly anticipated) reading for value investors and Warren Buffett acolytes the world over

Are emerging markets a clever contrarian investment?

Author: Dan Kemp
Date: 15 Jun 2016

Following Sir John's logic, emerging market equities appear to be a classic contrarian opportunity

The real stock market villain

Author: John Rekenthaler
Date: 31 Jan 2017

Michael Lewis' 2014 treatise on high-frequency trading, Flash Boys , generated enormous attention

2 top building activity exposures

Author: Nicholas Grove
Date: 03 Jun 2014

In a recent presentation, Sydney-based Alphinity Investment Management said investors can expect activity in housing markets to continue to strengthen for the remainder of 2014 and beyond

4 stocks linked to global growth

Author: Christine St Anne
Date: 20 Jun 2013

International equities were up more than 8 per cent last month, while Australian equities were down 4 per cent, according to the latest report from Morningstar

Avoiding a super fraud

Author: Christine St Anne
Date: 17 Sep 2014

It was only a couple of years ago when the collapse of the Trio Capital left 6,000 people without their superannuation savings

Human ego: A cruel and financially crippling master

Author: Lesley Beath
Date: 30 Dec 2016

I have a friend who always says to people that I am "right-brained"

When the going gets tough, go exotic

Author: AllianceBernstein
Date: 07 Sep 2016

Whether investing globally--or with a particular regional focus, such as Asia, or sector focus, such as emerging markets (EM)--investors can benefit from taking both a top-down and bottom-up view of portfolio construction

Market likes what it hears with Cochlear

Author: Anthony Fensom
Date: 12 Feb 2016

Cochlear Limited (COH) shares surged by 14 per cent on Thursday after the world's biggest hearing implant maker raised its fiscal 2016 earnings guidance on stronger sales and profits

Why you should consider investing in mid-cap stocks

Author: Arian Neiron
Date: 04 Oct 2016

Australia's mid-cap sector has outperformed large-cap and small-cap stocks over the past 15 years, but despite this strong performance, the mid-cap sector has been largely ignored

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

Turnbull's growth challenge

Author: Christine St Anne
Date: 17 Sep 2015

The newly installed Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull was among the key topics of discussion at a media event held with a number of fund managers this week

Oil Search profit falls 89pc on energy price slide

Author: Nicholas Grove
Date: 23 Aug 2016

Oil Search's (ASX: OSH) net profit for the first half of 2016 fell 89 per cent from the same period in 2015 to US$25.6 million, after cost-cutting initiatives were unable to offset significant falls in commodity prices

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