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What turnaround for Woolworths?

Author: Nicki Bourlioufas
Date: 24 Jan 2017

According to one expert, the turnaround that many shareholders had hoped for isn't likely to happen

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

This high-yield ASX industrial stock is in the green zone

Author: Nicholas Grove
Date: 30 Nov 2016

Spotless Group (ASX: SPO) , on which Morningstar equity analyst Tim Mann currently has a fair value of $1.50, and which is on an FY17 dividend yield of 7.7 per cent, is a market leader in outsourced facility and laundry management services in Australia and New Zealand

The outlook for ETFs in 2017

Author: Nicki Bourlioufas
Date: 13 Dec 2016

As at the end of October 2016, there were 150 exchange-traded products (ETPs) listed on the Australian Securities Exchange, up from 128 a year earlier

Telstra profit, shares nosedive

Author: Nicki Bourlioufas
Date: 16 Feb 2017

Revenue dropped to $12.8 billion, from $13.7 billion

Telco shares tumble as competition intensifies

Author: Nicki Bourlioufas
Date: 28 Sep 2016

TPG Telecom (ASX: TPM) shares have tumbled recently as competition ramps up in the broadband market, and Vocus Communications (ASX: VOC) and Telstra (ASX: TLS) are suffering too as margins come under pressure with the rollout of the National Broadband Network (NBN)

Retirees draw on super slowly, don't blow the cash

Author: Nicki Bourlioufas
Date: 11 Aug 2016

Retirees are increasingly choosing to access their superannuation through income streams rather than lump sums, and the trend will only continue, with more than one in four Australian retirees drawing a pension from their superannuation funds, official figures reveal, with the average withdrawal at $502 a week

LICs facing stiff competition

Author: Nicki Bourlioufas
Date: 12 Apr 2016

Some listed investment companies (LICs) can offer the best of both worlds--lower costs compared to traditional managed funds while at the same time being actively managed, offering the potential to outperform benchmark indices and rival exchange-traded funds (ETFs)

Hyperion wins Morningstar Australian Fund Manager of the Year Award

Author: Morningstar
Date: 07 Mar 2016

In announcing the winners of the Australian Morningstar Awards 2016, Morningstar Australasia director of manager research ratings, Tom Whitelaw, said Hyperion "deserved applause for its unwavering commitment to thorough bottom-up research and commitment to maintaining its disciplined investment style through the trials and tribulations of the investment cycle"

Here's how CBA shares could crack $100

Author: Nicki Bourlioufas
Date: 19 Jan 2017

Bank shares have had a strong run this month, but analysts are mixed on whether the nation's biggest, the Commonwealth Bank of Australia (ASX: CBA) , could strike $100 this year after an attempt was made almost two years ago

Cochlear lifts profit, dividends

Author: Nicholas Grove
Date: 09 Aug 2016

Sales revenue rose 23 per cent year over year to $1.158 billion, with growth delivered across all product categories and regions, the hearing implant maker said in a statement to the ASX

Australians largely unaware of new super cap deadline and opportunity

Author: Glenn Freeman
Date: 23 Nov 2016

A significant proportion of eligible Australians are unaware of this deadline, and don't properly understand the proposed changes in how their super assets will be taxed, according to Michael Hutton, head of wealth management, HLB Mann Judd

ASX correction may have further to run

Author: Lesley Beath
Date: 06 Feb 2017

My school motto was "facta non verba" (deeds not words) and I think of that quite a lot--in regard to many things

AMP unveils big loss as insurance takes toll

Author: Nicki Bourlioufas
Date: 09 Feb 2017

AMP's underlying profit dived to $486 million, down from a $1.1 billion profit a year earlier

Amcor lifts half-year underlying profit, dividend

Author: Nicholas Grove
Date: 13 Feb 2017

Statutory profit for the half year was US$286.6 million, down 6 per cent, while earnings per share (EPS) were up 4.6 per cent to 26.7 US cents on a constant currency basis, the packaging company said in a statement to the ASX

A scary number looming over Australian stocks

Author: Martin Conlon
Date: 24 Nov 2016

Sydney Airport (ASX: SYD) surged 89 per cent over the past three calendar years

6 large-cap ASX stocks that look relatively cheap

Author: Nicholas Grove
Date: 04 Oct 2016

The underperformance of Australian large-cap stocks vis-à-vis their mid- and small-cap counterparts since early 2015 has been widely reported, with falls in heavyweights Telstra (ASX: TLS) , the big banks and the big miners weighing on the S&P ASX 200 Index

5 strategies to prepare for pension assets test changes

Author: Nicki Bourlioufas
Date: 27 Oct 2016

Over 300,000 Australian retirees are expected to lose their Age Pension from 1 January 2017, with the federal government dramatically lowering the value of assets pensioners can hold before they begin to lose their payments

400 million reasons to invest in LICs

Author: Anthony Fensom
Date: 01 Jun 2016

More than 30 LICs have listed on the ASX since 2012, increasing their total number to 87 as of April 2016, while their market value doubled to $30 billion over the same period

4 top ASX-listed technology stocks

Author: Nicki Bourlioufas
Date: 20 May 2016

REA Group (REA) and SEEK Limited (SEK) have outperformed the S&P/ASX 200 over the past year, and newer technology stocks WiseTech Global (WTC) and Aconex (ACX) have also performed well, representing the strong growth potential of technology shares, though investors may have to pay a relatively high price for their strong performance

3 signs of a safe dividend

Author: Josh Peters
Date: 14 Jan 2016

Dependable

1 income stock flying under the radar

Author: Christine St Anne
Date: 16 Jul 2014

Morningstar's readers would have read about the income opportunities in the Australian real estate investment trust (AREIT) sector

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

Why SMSFs should start preparing for 30 June now

Author: Anthony Fensom
Date: 24 Jan 2017

SMSF trustees had a busy 2016, with a raft of government changes and policy flip-flops keeping the industry on its toes

What Trump's protectionism means for Australian investors

Author: Anthony Fensom
Date: 07 Feb 2017

US President Donald Trump's pledge to "fight for free trade" has sparked concerns over a global retreat to protectionism

What is a fixed trust and why do you need to know?

Author: Michael Hallinan
Date: 18 Jan 2017

Whether a trust is a fixed trust or not has significant taxation implications

What diversification means for your portfolio

Author: Phillip Gray
Date: 07 Jan 2015

One of the most important principles of investing is called "diversification"

Westfield's half-year earnings meet guidance

Author: Nicholas Grove
Date: 24 Aug 2016

Westfield Corporation (ASX: WFD) has recorded funds from operations (FFO)--a preferred measure of real estate investment trusts' earnings--of US$342 million for the half-year ended 30 June 2016, in line with guidance

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

Volatility not an accurate risk measure

Author: Dan Kemp
Date: 25 Mar 2015

Canadian philosopher Marshall McLuhan once said that "we drive into the future using only our rear-view mirror"

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