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Articles from: 5 portfolio construction mistakes to AMP, Investors Mutual, Vanguard Finalists for Fund Manager of the Year

5 portfolio construction mistakes

Author: Larissa Fernand
Date: 24 Dec 2014

1) Confusing asset allocation with diversification Investors tend to use the terms interchangeably

Seven Group's profit falls 10pc

Author: Nicholas Grove
Date: 03 Aug 2016

The result beat Morningstar's forecast for a profit of $134 million

Brambles' profit meets guidance, CEO retires

Author: Nicholas Grove
Date: 18 Aug 2016

Brambles Limited (ASX: BXB) on Thursday announced an underlying profit of US$623.1 million for fiscal 2016, up 8 per cent on the prior year in constant currency terms, and underlying earnings per share (EPS) of 39.5 US cents, up 7 per cent

Are SMSF assets too defensive?

Author: Nicki Bourlioufas
Date: 14 Mar 2016

The assets of self-managed superannuation funds (SMSF) jumped in the December quarter of 2015, spurred on by a strong rise in values of their equities

On the wings of an eagle

Author: Bill Gross
Date: 05 Dec 2013

I've always liked Jack Bogle, although I've never met him

Relapse in iron ore rally inevitable

Author: Nicki Bourlioufas
Date: 06 May 2016

While the iron ore price has bounced back in recent times there is still more pain to come for the smaller iron ore miners, who still face burgeoning supply and an ongoing focus on cost reduction, which will push some out of the higher-cost producers out of the industry

ATO's LRBA guidelines: A safe harbour?

Author: Michael Hallinan
Date: 12 Apr 2016

The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) has issued its Practical Compliance Guidelines as to what constitutes a "safe harbour" for related party limited recourse borrowing arrangement (LRBAs)

Ramsay upgrades guidance on healthy profits

Author: Anthony Fensom
Date: 26 Feb 2016

Ramsay Health Care (RHC) upgraded its profit guidance on Thursday as it unveiled a healthy earnings result for the December half

What is causing market volatility?

Author: Hermes
Date: 01 Aug 2016

The dire predictions about the fate of global markets if the UK voted to leave the European Union remain to be fulfilled

4 top stocks in 2014 and beyond

Author: Christine St Anne
Date: 23 Jan 2015

The New Year saw an influx of articles within the financial media pointing out the top share-market performers of 2014

Further downside in the gold price is likely

Author: Lesley Beath
Date: 11 Oct 2016

It has been an interesting time and a bit of a slow process but last week we saw some pretty clear-cut action, as the ASX 20 Leaders/All Ords ratio completed a lengthy base formation

Markets seem too quiet for comfort

Author: Lesley Beath
Date: 24 Oct 2016

Most people don't really like change, preferring the status quo; for the purpose of writing this weekly report, some change would be welcome

CBA records steady first-quarter cash earnings

Author: Nicholas Grove
Date: 08 Nov 2016

Commonwealth Bank of Australia (ASX: CBA) on Tuesday said its cash earnings before one-offs for the first quarter ended September stood at around $2.4 billion, unchanged on the same quarter in fiscal 2016

4 mining stock growth drivers

Author: Christine St Anne
Date: 30 Oct 2013

Any gains in the Australian share market recently have largely been made by the major banks and the large defensive stocks

Ramsay books banner result

Author: Christine St Anne/Nicholas Grove
Date: 27 Aug 2015

Companies covered in this report: • Ramsay Health Care (RHC)

Will 2016 be the sixth year of emerging-market underperformance?

Author: Andy Brunner
Date: 19 Jan 2016

2015 was another very difficult year for emerging-market economies, and currencies have naturally been reflected in generally poorly performing equity markets

Morningstar's new income stock pick

Author: Christine St Anne
Date: 19 Nov 2014

Despite the September market sell-off that saw Australia's banks and Telstra (TLS) belted by overseas investors, the Morningstar Income Portfolio performed quite nicely

The importance of binding nominations

Author: Brian Hor
Date: 24 Mar 2016

When thinking about estate planning for your super death benefits, Brian Hor, special counsel, superannuation and estate planning with Townsends Business & Corporate Lawyers, stresses that it is absolutely crucial to put into place a valid binding death benefit nomination to provide certainty regarding how your death benefits will be paid--especially where there is any potential for a conflict of interest to arise between your intended beneficiaries

6 major sources of bank income

Author: Christine St Anne
Date: 05 Jun 2013

Investors can go beyond bank shares to access alternate sources of yield, according to FIIG Securities director of education and fixed-income research Elizabeth Moran

Wesfarmers to maintain momentum

Author: Christine St Anne
Date: 28 May 2015

It was a relatively candid Richard Goyder who fronted the recent Australian Shareholders' Association annual conference in early May

Picking the right global strategy

Author: Andrew Lill
Date: 11 Jun 2015

Most investors think about investing in global equity markets and global currencies as the same thing

Is an active or passive investment approach best for your portfolio?

Author: Glenn Freeman
Date: 12 Oct 2016

The majority of individual investors (68 per cent) have a false sense of confidence in passive investing, according to a global study of financial advisers

Medibank losing health insurance customers

Author: Nicki Bourlioufas
Date: 17 Feb 2017

Health insurance operating profit fell to $249.4 million for the six months ended 31 December, 2016, down from $271.7 million the same period a year earlier

4 top US-dollar-exposed stocks

Author: Nicholas Grove
Date: 17 Dec 2013

In Morningstar's recently published Market Outlook , head of equities research Peter Warnes says that "tailwinds are still blowing" for those Australian companies that derive the bulk of their earnings from offshore

Market Index Performance l December 2015

Author: Morningstar
Date: 22 Jan 2016

Two bubbles

Author: Andrew Fleming
Date: 02 Nov 2016

Two years ago, two price bubbles emerged on the ASX and we progressively positioned the fund against both of them

Targeted estate-planning strategies

Author: Christine St Anne
Date: 17 Dec 2014

As former Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser once said: "Life wasn't meant to be easy." And life certainly isn't easy when it comes to many families

Trump executive orders, US ructions to have muted Aussie equities impact

Author: Glenn Freeman
Date: 08 Feb 2017

As Donald Trump's presidency nears the 30-day mark, amid persistent uncertainty and volatility in financial markets, an attempt to reverse the Dodd-Frank financial reforms could be next on the already long list of executive orders

Self-managed super as attractive now as ever

Author: Glenn Freeman
Date: 29 Nov 2016

If you have a superannuation balance of $200,000--or a realistic expectation of reaching this amount within a few years--it still makes sense to establish a self-managed super fund (SMSF), according to Graeme Colley, executive manager, SMSF technical and private wealth, SuperConcepts

AMP, Investors Mutual, Vanguard Finalists for Fund Manager of the Year

Author: Phillip Gray
Date: 24 Feb 2015

We've announced the finalists in this year's Australian Morningstar Awards

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