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ASIC targets "capital-protected" retail products

Author: Tim Stewart
Date: 02 May 2013

The regulator is currently contacting providers of "capital-protected" retail structured products with concerns about the way the products are being marketed to consumers

CSL, Cochlear to run to $120?

Author: Nicki Bourlioufas
Date: 13 May 2016

Last year, the big question in the financial media was which company's shares would hit $100 first: CSL's (CSL) , Commonwealth Bank's (CBA) or Macquarie Group's (MQG) ? As this headline asked last May: "Will Macquarie beat Commonwealth Bank to $100?" Shortly after, this headline appeared: "Cochlear, Macquarie Bank race to the $100 share price mark."

Is there still value in AREITs?

Author: Christine St Anne
Date: 26 Jun 2013

This time last year, Ibbotson Associations (a Morningstar company), published an upbeat assessment of the Australian real estate investment trust (AREIT) sector

NAB's 3Q cash profit falls as funding costs, bad debts rise

Author: Nicholas Grove
Date: 15 Aug 2016

National Australia Bank (ASX: NAB) on Monday announced unaudited cash earnings of $1.6 billion for the third quarter to the end of June, down around 3 per cent on both the quarterly average of the March 2016 half-year result and the same quarter in the prior year, as both funding costs and charges for bad debts increased

How to guard yourself financially against dementia

Author: Nicki Bourlioufas
Date: 28 Oct 2016

As Australia's population ages, more of us will pass away due to dementia

2017 shapes as pivotal year for Eurozone

Author: Michael Collins
Date: 24 Jan 2017

In November 2009, Greece ignited the Eurozone debt crisis when the incoming socialist government revealed the previous conservative regime had lied about government finances to the extent that the true budget deficit was 13 per cent of GDP, not 4 per cent

Australian small caps: Insights from Fidelity

Author: James Abela
Date: 19 Oct 2016

Over the last couple of years, the small-cap market has remained pretty stable with good growth and a high degree of certainty

Economic update

Author: Donal Curtin
Date: 19 Mar 2014

To read the lastest Economic Update, please click here .

Retail props up Wesfarmers' profit

Author: Anthony Fensom
Date: 24 Feb 2016

A strong performance at the checkout helped Wesfarmers Limited (WES) lift profits in the December half, offsetting weaker earnings in its industrials and resources divisions

Caution on tax warranted ahead of 30 June

Author: Nicki Bourlioufas
Date: 15 Jun 2016

Some financial advisers have been recommending strategies to clients to boost their tax refunds, but two planners offer some words of caution

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

Are these active ETFs worth adding to your portfolio?

Author: Glenn Freeman
Date: 01 Feb 2017

The Australian ETF market had another year of rapid growth, expanding to $25.4 billion in 2016, from $21 billion in 2015

Just a game

Author: Bill Gross
Date: 14 Jul 2016

That is not to say that Monopoly can illuminate all of the problems of our current economic stagnation

Australian wealth hits fresh highs

Author: Nicki Bourlioufas
Date: 06 Jan 2017

Australian wealth topped fresh levels in the September 2016 quarter, with most wealth held in property, but a rise in the share market also helped to propel household net wealth higher

Aurizon books $54m 1H17 net profit despite earlier write-downs

Author: Glenn Freeman
Date: 13 Feb 2017

Aurizon Holdings (ASX: AZJ) recorded $54 million in statutory net profit after tax (NPAT) for the first half of fiscal 2017 (1H17)--a return to positive territory after its $108-million statutory loss in the same period last year

AllianceBernstein looks beyond volatility risk

Author: Staff reporter
Date: 24 May 2013

AllianceBernstein has warned investors that the concept of volatility may be inadequate to predict and employ the correct strategies in the current market

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

The importance of quality

Author: Arian Neiron
Date: 11 Feb 2016

"It's quality, rather than quantity, that matters." The quote may sound like a tag line from a 1950's advertisement, but surprisingly it comes from Roman Emperor Nero's tutor and adviser, Lucius Seneca.

Housing looms as a risk for Australia, says AB

Author: AllianceBernstein
Date: 04 Jan 2017

Incoming US president Donald Trump's policies may be less of a threat to the Asian bond and equity markets in 2017 than many people think, according to global asset manager AllianceBernstein (AB)

Ansell considers divestment as profits dip 15 per cent

Author: Glenn Freeman
Date: 15 Aug 2016

Its dividend payout for the year was 1.2 per cent higher on fiscal 2015, with a 23.5 US cents a share second-half dividend bringing the annual total dividend to 43.5 US cents, to be paid on 8 September 2016

Origin Energy scraps dividend after earnings fall on oil price slump

Author: Nicholas Grove
Date: 18 Aug 2016

Origin Energy (ASX: ORG) on Thursday announced an underlying profit from continuing operations of $354 million for fiscal 2016, down 41 per cent on the previous year and below Morningstar's expectations for a profit of $364 million

7 funds to consider in 2017

Author: Glenn Freeman
Date: 21 Dec 2016

Earlier this week, Morningstar Australasia released its latest list of fund prospects

Sonic booms offshore while Australia remains subdued

Author: Glenn Freeman
Date: 17 Aug 2016

Revenue grew to $5.05 billion, 20 per cent up on fiscal 2015's $4.2 billion result, and a dividend (30 per cent franked) of 74 cents a share was announced

Is the Italian banking system insolvent?

Author: Stephen Ellis
Date: 20 Jul 2016

With Britain's vote to leave the European Union a surprise to many investors, UK bank stocks fell, but Italian bank stocks also collapsed

Understanding ETF liquidity

Author: Louis Crous
Date: 17 Mar 2015

One of the many benefits of exchange-traded funds (ETFs) for investors is their tradability

New stage in bull market

Author: Lesley Beath
Date: 10 Jun 2014

Overview

Italy braces for referendum that risks Brexit-style consequences

Author: Michael Collins
Date: 22 Nov 2016

Italy's populist forces scored their biggest success so far in 2016 when candidates for the Five Star Movement were elected mayors of Rome and Turin in June

Advised SMSFs show greater diversity

Author: Owen Holdaway
Date: 30 May 2013

According to new research by CoreData, self-managed super funds (SMSFs) are heavily invested in Australian equities, although their allocation varies considerably depending on whether they are self-managed or have an adviser

BlueScope earnings growth undented by softer steel market

Author: Glenn Freeman
Date: 22 Aug 2016

BlueScope Steel (ASX: BSL) on Monday reported $293.1 million in underlying net profit after tax, up 119 per cent on fiscal 2015 and its best earnings result since fiscal 2008.

Dark cloud on the horizon

Author: Lesley Beath
Date: 08 Jul 2013

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

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