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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"

Human emotion and the markets

Author: Lesley Beath
Date: 28 Dec 2016

With the rise of self-managed super funds in recent times, more and more individuals are taking control of their retirement funds

Here's the right way to help out your kids

Author: Brian Hor
Date: 22 Dec 2016

We all know that life's pretty expensive living in Australia these days--especially if you have a hankering for buying residential real estate in a capital city

Can your SMSF buy your business?

Author: Michael Hallinan
Date: 23 Dec 2016

"I am the sole director of my private trading company and I also own the premises from which my business is being run

Which animal is the best investor?

Author: Lesley Beath
Date: 03 Jan 2017

Animal spirits are alive and well in the stock market

What to do and what to avoid 10 years from retirement

Author: Andrew Zbik
Date: 21 Dec 2016

The average superannuation balance for Australians aged 45-54 is $151,500 for males and $90,800 for females

How fake news can warp financial markets

Author: Glenn Freeman
Date: 29 Dec 2016

The cacophony of "noise" that distracts investors and threatens to veer them off course has been acknowledged for some time--a by-product of the information age and digital era in which we now live .

Quantifying the impact of assets test changes on your retirement

Author: Accurium
Date: 10 Jan 2017

It is also important for all retirees to review their spending plans in light of how these changes impact their retirement over the longer term

Finding the long shots

Author: Martin Conlon
Date: 13 Jan 2017

A year for the underdogs! The Western Bulldogs, the Cronulla Sharks, Leicester City, the Chicago Cubs, Donald Trump, Brexit; it was a good year for the bookies and tough for those backing favourites

Wait for market to show its hand

Author: Lesley Beath
Date: 16 Jan 2017

Last week was a mixed one for global equity markets: some up, some down

Bond investors: Diversify or lose cash, says JPMorgan

Author: Bill Eigen
Date: 17 Jan 2017

Nowhere is this truer than in fixed income right now, and I hope that investors diversify before it's too late

Fund manager bullish on 3 sectors in five-year outlook

Author: Glenn Freeman
Date: 16 Jan 2017

Reece Birtles, who heads up Legg Mason's Australian operation, ignores the noise around the imminent inauguration of Donald Trump as President of the United States, focusing instead on the five-year market outlook

4 stocks to watch amid pre-Trump jitters

Author: Glenn Freeman
Date: 17 Jan 2017

After something of a purple patch in the first half of fiscal 2017, several Australian healthcare companies face challenges on various fronts, including President-elect Donald Trump's policy uncertainty and internal board ructions on the home front

The US economy in 2017: Why uncertainty is the biggest risk

Author: Knowledge@Wharton
Date: 17 Jan 2017

As the Trump Administration settles in to the Oval Office in late January, one of its foremost objectives should be to provide clarity on its policies, according to Patrick Harker, president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia who was formerly dean of Wharton and president of the University of Delaware

The lure of offshore investing

Author: Nicki Bourlioufas
Date: 16 Jan 2017

It's now easier than ever for Australians to access international investments, and the official data shows we're sending investment money offshore as investors diversify their portfolios and take advantage of growth opportunities not available at home

No shortage of knock-out punches for markets in 2017

Author: Glenn Freeman
Date: 24 Jan 2017

Five key events shaped the global macroeconomic landscape in 2016, with the victory of President-elect Trump and Brexit topping the list

Now the real game begins

Author: Peter Warnes
Date: 27 Jan 2017

Following Donald Trump's inauguration, I believe global financial markets will struggle to find a definitive direction for some months

Opportunities in quality credit, specialty finance and mortgages

Author: Mark Kiesel
Date: 09 Jan 2017

The global economy is going through significant change, as Donald Trump's incoming administration and shifts in public sentiment in other major economies create potential for new opportunities and risks

Are SMSFs causing a property bubble?

Author: Andrew Zbik
Date: 27 Jan 2017

I recently watched another report on the TV claiming that the ability of self-managed superannuation funds to purchase residential investment property is causing a property bubble in Australia by using limited recourse borrowing arrangements (LRBAs) (or borrowed money)

Thank you and best wishes for the New Year

Author: Peter Warnes
Date: 06 Jan 2017

The dawning of 2017 sees the curtain fall on one of the most tumultuous years for global financial markets

Has the Australian market pullback ended?

Author: Lesley Beath
Date: 30 Jan 2017

The Dow Jones Industrial Index finally conquered the psychological 20,000 level last week

Asia valuations cheap relative to western markets

Author: Fidelity International
Date: 05 Jan 2017

2016 was an eventful year for Asia as markets were once more subject to the vagaries of shifting opinions.

Aurizon, Iluka announce write-downs

Author: Nicholas Grove
Date: 31 Jan 2017

Australia's biggest rail freight operator Aurizon Holdings (ASX: AZJ) and mineral sands miner Iluka Resources (ASX: ILU) announced hundreds of millions of dollars in write-downs on Tuesday, ahead of the upcoming local corporate earnings season

Can an SMSF member still bring forward their non-concessional cap?

Author: Julie Hartley
Date: 25 Jan 2017

The legislation not only introduces eligibility requirements, it also requires members to meet further criteria at the beginning of each year making up their bring-forward period before being able to use any shortfall from a previous year in that bring-forward period

The world awaits Trump

Author: Peter Warnes
Date: 20 Jan 2017

The world awaits the inauguration of the 45th President of the United States of America on 20 January

Key takeaways from PIMCO's cyclical outlook

Author: Joachim Fels
Date: 11 Jan 2017

As co-author Andrew Balls and I noted, the only certainty in our view is that the "tails" in the distribution of potential macro outcomes have become fatter--that is, more extreme scenarios, which usually have a low probability of taking place, have become more likely

Is now a good time to buy?

Author: Lesley Beath
Date: 09 Jan 2017

A lot has happened since my last report in early December

The good, the bad and the ugly in emerging markets

Author: Alex Duffy
Date: 30 Jan 2017

The list of issues to worry about is a long one: exchange rates, interest rates, growth rates, political uncertainty--my developed market peers have a lot on their plate! If nothing else, 2016 reminded markets that the issues above are not just the preserve of emerging markets

China crisis still a possibility

Author: Manuela Badawy
Date: 08 Feb 2017

This time last year, China was grabbing headlines due to a precipitous drop in its stock market and heightened volatility of its currency

Happiness runs

Author: Bill Gross
Date: 09 Feb 2017

The three grand essentials of happiness are: something to do, someone to love, and something to hope for

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