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Qantas profit falls 7.5pc but beats guidance

Author: Nicholas Grove
Date: 23 Feb 2017

Statutory earnings per share stood at 27.3 cents for the half, the airline said in a statement to the ASX on Thursday

Woodside delivers US$868m full-year profit

Author: Anthony Fensom
Date: 23 Feb 2017

The oil and gas producer posted a net profit of US$868 million (A$1.13 billion) for the full year, compared to its US$26 million profit recorded for 2015

Buffett: Indexing the best choice for investors large and small

Author: Jeremy Glaser
Date: 02 Mar 2017

Berkshire Hathaway chairman and CEO Warren Buffett extolled the virtues of low-cost index funds and American dynamism in his annual letter to shareholders, released at the weekend along with the firm's 2016 results

Dexus Property ups full-year earnings guidance

Author: Nicholas Grove
Date: 15 Feb 2017

Australia's biggest office landlord said it expects growth in underlying FFO per security of around 4 per cent in fiscal 2017, up from 3.0-3.5 per cent previously

BHP Billiton witnesses massive turnaround

Author: Anthony Fensom
Date: 22 Feb 2017

The world's biggest mining company reported a net profit of US$3.2 billion (A$4.2 billion), in stark contrast to its US$5.7 billion loss in the previous corresponding half

The volatility paradox

Author: Simon Stevenson
Date: 08 Mar 2017

It is widely acknowledged that the outlook for economies and investment markets is unusually uncertain, given the huge political changes that we are witnessing across the world

Rise in rates won't see sky fall on bond investors

Author: Glenn Freeman
Date: 07 Mar 2017

The protracted period of low interest rates around the world leads many commentators to call this year--and the one just gone--as the year when rates would start to rise again

How to commence a pension with non-concessional contributions

Author: Accurium
Date: 06 Mar 2017

However, there are some common mistakes trustees make when commencing a pension using only part of a member's accumulation balance

CEOs behaving badly weigh on company profits, investor outlook

Author: Glenn Freeman
Date: 06 Mar 2017

While QBE Insurance (ASX: QBE) and Seven Group Holdings (ASX: SVW) were at opposite ends of the spectrum in terms of their half-yearly earnings--QBE reported a $898-million net profit while Seven Group is $42 million in the red--their senior executive teams were united in both facing relationship scandals

Show me the money

Author: Bill Gross
Date: 14 Mar 2017

"School days" inexorably continue at the Gross household, not just because of grandchildren, but because of the necessity to teach my own kids the complexities and pitfalls of investing

Why this resources company is back in favour

Author: Glenn Freeman
Date: 09 Mar 2017

In February, Santos Limited (ASX: STO) reported a loss of US$1.05 billion for fiscal 2016, after writing off more than US$1 billion from its Gladstone liquefied natural gas project

Here are 2 undervalued shares paying fully-franked dividends

Author: Nicholas Grove
Date: 06 Mar 2017

Platinum Asset Management (ASX: PTM) , a highly-regarded global equities manager, delivered a weak earnings result for the first half of fiscal 2017, with net profit down 20 per cent to $95.4 million following a 12 per cent fall in funds under management

Global inflation is back

Author: Simon Stevenson
Date: 01 Mar 2017

Investor views on the inflation outlook have swung wildly since the global financial crisis of 2008

Asian equities shrug off Trumponomics

Author: Anthony Fensom
Date: 15 Mar 2017

Asian stocks have enjoyed a positive start to 2017, and could be set for more gains despite rising US interest rates and the threat of geopolitical instability

Market response to Trump's speech doesn't change policymaking realities

Author: Libby Cantrill
Date: 03 Mar 2017

The market's overwhelmingly favourable reaction to President Trump's first speech to a joint session of Congress was not necessarily surprising: President Trump veered away from the more protectionist and nationalistic tone of his inaugural address to instead deliver a more hopeful, conciliatory, and unifying speech

Vanguard named Morningstar Australian Fund Manager of the Year 2017

Author: Morningstar staff
Date: 06 Mar 2017

"The winners in the Morningstar Awards show the quality and breadth of the investment options available to Australian investors," says Chris Douglas, Morningstar Australasia's director of manager research ratings, Asia-Pacific

The inconvenient truth

Author: Tom Stevenson
Date: 01 Mar 2017

There is a glass half full view of the Trump Presidency which has won the majority of investors' attention since November

Myer interim result underwhelms as sales slide continues

Author: Glenn Freeman
Date: 16 Mar 2017

This comes amid troubled times for the broader Australian retail sector as Myer (ASX: MYR) faces multiple challenges from online and international specialty competitors

Information overload

Author: Simon Doyle
Date: 22 Mar 2017

While I'm a bit "old school" (I still tuck my shirts in), I do have Facebook and Instagram accounts and recently started a Twitter account--not to tweet myself--but given others do, I want to know what the fuss is about

Here are 5 top small-cap stocks in an award-winning strategy

Author: Nicholas Grove
Date: 13 Mar 2017

Morningstar cited the shop's "value and quality discipline, skilful application of a sensible process, and savvy people" as the rationale behind its bestowing of the award

Agricultural stocks riding commodity upturn

Author: Nicki Bourlioufas
Date: 20 Mar 2017

The outlook for the agricultural sector is looking bright with commodity prices for food and livestock riding high, with a great season in 2016 lifting rural prices and profits, underpinned by strong demand for food from Asia

Yellen makes a move on US rates

Author: Peter Warnes
Date: 17 Mar 2017

As expected, the US Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) lifted the federal funds rate by 25 basis points to a new target range of 0.75 per cent to 1.00 per cent

Warren Buffett again backs Vanguard ETF

Author: Kevin McDevitt
Date: 14 Mar 2017

Warren Buffett once again extolled the virtues of passive funds in his recent Berkshire Hathaway shareholder letter and reiterated his recommendation of Vanguard 500 Index as his preferred vehicle

5 reasons to be positive on this ASX gaming stock

Author: Nicholas Grove
Date: 21 Mar 2017

In October 2016, 18 of its employees were arrested and detained as part of an anti-corruption crackdown on the gaming industry by the Chinese government

Asia: a political safe-haven?

Author: Teera Chanpongsang
Date: 21 Mar 2017

As a long-term investor in Asian equities, I have seen first-hand how policies can influence both capital markets and economies

Bank boards need to be more equitable

Author: Peter Warnes
Date: 24 Mar 2017

No wonder there are calls for a Royal Commission into the banking sector

The maths involved in bond investing

Author: Stuart Dear
Date: 24 Mar 2017

After the fireworks of 2016, 2017 has, to date, been more like an aromatic candle in terms of market moves

A little stumble

Author: Peter Warnes
Date: 31 Mar 2017

US equities markets have ignored the failure of President Trump to convince his own party to introduce the American Health Care Act to unwind the Obamacare health insurance safety net

SMSF exposure to residential housing raises concerns

Author: Nicki Bourlioufas
Date: 28 Mar 2017

There has been increasing talk about a housing bubble in Australia

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