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Articles from: AMP, Investors Mutual, Vanguard Finalists for Fund Manager of the Year to Mayne's bumper profit reaps benefit of US acquisition

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

Why we are bullish on China

Author: Peter Esho
Date: 19 Sep 2013

Chinese data continued to surprise in recent weeks

SEEK ups profit, dividends amid subdued conditions

Author: Nicholas Grove
Date: 22 Aug 2016

SEEK Limited's (ASX: SEK) underlying net profit before one-off items for fiscal 2016 rose 3 per cent to $198.1 million, ahead of guidance and Morningstar's estimate of $174.5 million, after previous reinvestments in the business managed to offset subdued economic conditions

Challenger delivers record profit, dividends

Author: Nicholas Grove
Date: 16 Aug 2016

Challenger Limited (ASX: CGF) on Tuesday announced an 8 per cent rise in normalised net profit before one-off items to $362 million for fiscal 2016, on the back of a 22 per cent rise in annuity sales to a record $3.4 billion

When size doesn't matter: small caps beat larger rivals

Author: Anthony Fensom
Date: 16 Jun 2016

In a sector where active management often yields results, choosing the right fund can prove rewarding

Woolworths posts $1.2bn loss, cuts dividend

Author: Nicholas Grove
Date: 25 Aug 2016

Woolworths' (ASX: WOW) net profit from ongoing operations and before one-off items for fiscal 2016 fell 39.2 per cent to $1.558 billion, following a year of "unprecedented change" for the retail giant

These 2 ASX sectors could be good bargains

Author: Nicki Bourlioufas
Date: 10 Nov 2016

The Australian share market is trading at a premium to historical levels and is not yet in bargain territory, though the telecommunication and healthcare sectors may represent some value, says Morningstar's head of equities research Peter Warnes

Market's margin of safety vaporises in Trump euphoria

Author: Peter Warnes
Date: 25 Nov 2016

As US markets surge to new peaks on Trump euphoria, not all are convinced the path ahead will be without a pothole or two

Wesfarmers' underlying earnings fall 3.6pc

Author: Nicholas Grove
Date: 24 Aug 2016

Wesfarmers' (ASX: WES) net profit for fiscal 2016 fell 83 per cent to $407 million after the diversified conglomerate made over $2 billion in non-cash write-downs of its Target retail business and Curragh coal mine, while also booking $145 million in costs as part of its restructuring of Target

Market Index Performance l November 2016

Author: Morningstar
Date: 05 Dec 2016

Motley lot ignites diversity

Author: Andrew Fleming
Date: 13 Apr 2016

At last, some diversity

Crown's profit falls 23pc on lacklustre Macau gambling

Author: Nicholas Grove
Date: 17 Aug 2016

The casino operator declared a final dividend of 39.5 cents a share, which brought the total full-year dividend to 72.5 cents a share

Iluka shares fall after $20.9m net loss

Author: Nicholas Grove
Date: 25 Aug 2016

Shares of Iluka Resources (ASX: ILU) were nearly 7 per cent lower at midday on Thursday, after the mineral sands miner reported a net loss of $20.9 million for the half year to 30 June 2016

4 issues facing SMSFs in 2015

Author: Christine St Anne
Date: 20 Jan 2015

As well as choppy markets, self-managed superannuation fund (SMSF) trustees will confront myriad issues in 2015, a few of which are examined below

CBA on track for "impressive" FY profit

Author: Nicholas Grove
Date: 06 Nov 2013

Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA) on Wednesday announced a cash profit of $2.1 billion for the first quarter of fiscal 2014, up 14 per cent on the same quarter in the prior year and in line with market forecasts

Brambles lifts profit, full-year guidance

Author: Nicholas Grove
Date: 22 Feb 2016

Brambles (BXB) on Monday announced a 2 per cent year-on-year rise in net profit after tax to US$290.9 million for the half year ended 31 December 2015

How to defer tax

Author: Westpac advisers
Date: 25 Jun 2015

Diana Saad, senior financial planner, Westpac Premium 1) Set up a discretionary trust

Development sales lead a Lend Lease 13pc earnings bump

Author: Glenn Freeman
Date: 19 Aug 2016

Lend Lease (ASX: LLC) on Friday announced $698.2 million in profit after tax for fiscal 2016, up 13 per cent from $618 million in the previous year

Mirvac's earnings, distributions hit top end of guidance

Author: Nicholas Grove
Date: 16 Aug 2016

Mirvac Group (ASX: MGR) on Tuesday announced an operating profit after tax of $482 million for fiscal 2016, up 6 per cent on the prior year and slightly above Morningstar's forecast for a profit of $478.3 million

Care needed in transferring SMSF investments

Author: Graeme Colley and Vicky Kuok
Date: 24 Apr 2015

Long live the lucky country, with one of the best superannuation systems in the world such is the Australian lifespan

Bonds may have sold off but don't sell out

Author: Nicki Bourlioufas
Date: 29 Nov 2016

One of the quickest trades that followed the 8 November election victory of Donald Trump was the selling out of bond funds, with investors piling into stocks as investors took on more risk with the promise of greater US growth

Will the Year of the Rooster crow for Australian investors?

Author: Anthony Fensom
Date: 18 Jan 2017

The past Year of the Monkey was a mixed one for investors, with shocks such as Brexit and the US presidential poll keeping markets on edge while the domestic economy weakened

Bittersweet news as Genworth announces special dividend

Author: Glenn Freeman
Date: 04 Aug 2016

This includes the 14-cent dividend--in line with the board's targeted payout ratio of between 50 to 80 per cent--and a special 12.5-cent per share special dividend

Telstra returns $1.8bn to investors

Author: Nicholas Grove/Christine St Anne
Date: 12 Feb 2015

Companies covered in this report: • Telstra (TLS)

Slowing profit growth but renewed retail vigour for Magellan

Author: Glenn Freeman
Date: 11 Aug 2016

Global fund manager Magellan Financial Group (ASX: MFG) on Thursday announced $198.4 million in net profits after tax for fiscal 2016, up 14 per cent on fiscal 2015

The other PBR: tax-free transition-to-retirement pension payments

Author: SUPERCentral
Date: 09 Mar 2016

The banana sundae of a transition-to-retirement pension is to have the earnings of the superannuation interest supporting the pension to be tax-free and to have the pension payments themselves tax-free as well

Amcor lifts full-year profit, dividend

Author: Nicholas Grove
Date: 25 Aug 2016

Statutory net profit, which included a previously announced accounting charge related to Amcor's Venezuelan business, was down 64.1 per cent to US$244.1 million

Global equities take a breather

Author: Greg Meier
Date: 10 Aug 2015

Stocks climbed down from last quarter's record-high levels, ending the longest unbroken string of advances in more than 25 years

Fears of a Trump dump in tech stocks are overdone

Author: Glenn Freeman
Date: 16 Nov 2016

Fears of a rout in the technology sector are overdone, according to Morningstar equity analyst Gareth James

Mayne's bumper profit reaps benefit of US acquisition

Author: Glenn Freeman
Date: 26 Aug 2016

The strong performance in the US by its $855-million Doryx acquisition, made in February 2015, was a key contributor to this result, as was the launch of generic drug Dofetilide

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