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Risk has increased markedly

Author: Lesley Beath
Date: 16 May 2016

Overview

3 global industry trends to watch

Author: Anthony Fensom
Date: 29 Jan 2016

Emerging-market volatility, penny-pinching by consumers and governments, tightening regulations and digital disruption are key global trends affecting companies in 2016, according to the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU)

Industry body rubbishes claims more SMSF regulation needed

Author: Glenn Freeman
Date: 27 Jun 2016

The article, published in The Sydney Morning Herald print and online editions, highlighted particular concerns around SMSF trustees with balances of less than $200,000

Don't blame China for market rout

Author: Anthony Fensom
Date: 25 Jan 2016

Stock markets worldwide have been in freefall in 2016, with China taking much of the blame amid fears of a "hard landing" in the world's second-largest economy

Telco, media consolidation to gather momentum

Author: Nicki Bourlioufas
Date: 02 Oct 2015

With a lower Australian dollar making Australian equities cheaper and political change at the very top, discussion is turning to which sectors of the Australian stock market would house the most likely takeover targets

End-of-year SMSF tax considerations

Author: Melanie Dunn
Date: 20 Jun 2016

Here are just a few key tax considerations to be aware of to help you and your self-managed superannuation fund make the most of available tax deductions and concessions

Upward momentum on ASX could be unleashed

Author: Lesley Beath
Date: 19 Jul 2016

As usual we will start with the US equity market

IAG's cash profit falls 12.2pc, announces $300m buyback

Author: Nicholas Grove
Date: 19 Aug 2016

Insurance Australia Group (ASX: IAG) on Friday announced a 12.2 per cent fall in fiscal 2016 cash profit before one-off items to $987 million, ahead of consensus but in line with Morningstar's forecast

2 of the Big 4 remain particularly good picks

Author: Glenn Freeman
Date: 20 Jul 2016

"In our view, the business, economic, political and operational concerns impacting banks are not as bad as the market fears," says David Ellis, a senior banks analyst at Morningstar

Fortescue's profit surges despite iron ore price slump

Author: Anthony Fensom
Date: 22 Aug 2016

Iron ore miner Fortescue Metals Group (ASX: FMG) has posted a profit surge in the full year to 30 June after successfully slashing costs to offset lower prices, with its results beating analyst expectations

Rio Tinto dumps dividend policy

Author: Anthony Fensom
Date: 12 Feb 2016

Mining giant Rio Tinto Limited (RIO) has confirmed investors' fears by officially scrapping its progressive dividend policy, after a collapse in commodity prices cut profits in half for fiscal 2015

5 "don'ts" for SMSFs

Author: Olivia Long
Date: 13 Mar 2014

The fifth annual Morningstar SMSF Trustee Strategy Day will provide practical strategies for avoiding common traps in managing your SMSF

QBE's 1H cash profit falls but dividend increases

Author: Nicholas Grove
Date: 17 Aug 2016

QBE Insurance (ASX: QBE) on Wednesday announced a 39 per cent fall in cash profit to US$287 million for the half year ended 30 June 2016, but managed to raise its dividend by 5 per cent as strong cash generation offset the effects of challenging economic conditions

Seven West posts profit but challenges remain

Author: Nicholas Grove
Date: 02 Aug 2016

Operating cash flows before interest and tax stood at $274.7 million for fiscal 2016

ATO sets sights on wealthy

Author: Arron Dickens
Date: 14 Jan 2014

Unsurprisingly, in a revenue-constrained economy with a persistent government fiscal deficit, the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) plans to conduct more tax compliance reviews and audits this year

4 top portfolio maintenance tips

Author: Christine Benz
Date: 02 Apr 2015

The bucket strategy for retirement income appears to be a model of simplicity, at least on the surface

Moat-ivated investing

Author: Arian Neiron
Date: 05 Dec 2016

Since the outcome of the US election, equity markets have rebounded surprisingly quickly from an initial fall

Australian IPOs outperform broader market

Author: Tim Eisenhauer
Date: 03 May 2016

The Australian initial public offerings (IPOs) market is delivering a robust performance, with returns from companies listing on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) striking 1.3 per cent over the first quarter

Growth assets for the new financial year

Author: Anthony Fensom
Date: 12 Jul 2016

So, which asset classes might perform better in the new financial year? Small was beautiful in the year to 30 June, with the S&P/ASX 200 Index posting its first fall in four years, dropping by 4.1 per cent to finish at 5,233.

Westpac posts flat full-year profit of $7.82bn

Author: Nicholas Grove
Date: 07 Nov 2016

Westpac Group (ASX: WBC) on Monday reported an underlying cash profit of $7.822 billion for fiscal 2016, unchanged on the previous year and in line with consensus expectations

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

Topside resources break imminent

Author: Lesley Beath
Date: 20 Jan 2014

Disclaimer : To the extent that any content in this report constitutes advice, it is general advice that has been prepared by Lesley Beath without taking into account the particular investment objectives, financial situation and particular needs of any individual investors

Westpac's Kelly named CEO award finalist

Author: Todd Wenning
Date: 04 Dec 2014

In his 1994 letter to Berkshire Hathaway shareholders, Warren Buffett noted that: "Over time, the skill with which a company's managers allocate capital has an enormous impact on the enterprise's value." We couldn't agree more

LICs join the expensive defensives

Author: Christine St Anne
Date: 27 Sep 2013

Australian listed investment companies (LICs) stand alongside the big banks and Telstra (TLS) when it comes to delivering stellar income returns for investors

ANZ delivers "impressive" result

Author: Nicholas Grove
Date: 01 May 2014

Australian and New Zealand Banking Group (ANZ) on Thursday announced an 11 per cent rise in cash earnings -- a preferred measure of underlying performance among the big banks -- to $3.5 billion for the half year ended 31 March 2014

Market Index Performance l July 2014

Author: Morningstar
Date: 11 Aug 2014

Click here to download the Market Index Returns table for July 2014.

Goodman meets estimates, Dexus' profit falls

Author: Christine St Anne
Date: 14 Aug 2014

Goodman Group (GMG) on Thursday announced a 10 per cent increase in full-year operating profit to $601 million

The role of central banks

Author: Mark Laidlaw
Date: 02 Jun 2014

Former Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) governor Ian Macfarlane gave his insights into the changing role of central banks across the globe at the opening session of the 2014 Morningstar Investment Conference and went on to detail some of the major macroeconomic issues facing the world today

4 last-minute tax tips

Author: Peter Bembrick and Bryan Ashenden
Date: 06 Jun 2014

1) Take advantage of income splitting Couples should consider making investments in the name of the lower-earning spouse to minimise the tax payable on income distributions and capital gains, although this may not be the best approach for negatively geared investments.

2 top small caps for fiscal 2015

Author: Nicholas Grove
Date: 17 Jun 2014

As the end of the 2014 financial year fast approaches, an look at the Australian small-cap space can reveal a number of interesting companies that not only have attractive earnings prospects heading into fiscal 2015 and beyond, but which are reasonably priced relative to the market

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