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Are mutual wills a silver bullet for step-family estate planning?

Author: Brian Hor
Date: 19 Sep 2016

A step-family is "a couple family containing one or more children, at least one of whom is the step-child of one of the partners in the couple, and none of whom is the natural or adopted child of both members of the couple," according to The Australian Institute of Family Studies

Are companies too obsessed with growth?

Author: Martin Conlon
Date: 23 Jan 2014

Infatuation with the stimulation of growth at any cost remained the theme of 2013

Are baby boomers to blame for growing financial inequality?

Author: Glenn Freeman
Date: 24 May 2016

The gathering backlash against Australia's baby boomer generation from less well-off Gen X and Gen Y cohorts is understandable but unwarranted, says Professor Deborah Ralston, new SMSF Association (SMSFA) board member and financial services academic

ANZ reports 18pc fall in profit

Author: Nicholas Grove
Date: 03 Nov 2016

Australian and New Zealand Banking Group (ASX: ANZ) on Thursday announced an 18 per cent fall in fiscal 2016 cash profit--a preferred measure of underlying performance among the big Australian banks--to $5.9 billion, following a "reshaping" of the business

ANZ lifts profit, Cochlear ups dividend

Author: Christine St Anne/Nicholas Grove
Date: 11 Feb 2014

Companies covered in this report: • Australian and New Zealand Banking Group

ANZ lifts 1H cash profit 5pc

Author: Nicholas Grove
Date: 05 May 2015

Australia and New Zealand Banking Group (ANZ) on Tuesday announced a 5 per cent lift in cash profit -- a preferred measure of profitability of ongoing operations among the banks -- to $3.7 billion for the half year ended 31 March 2015

ANZ dividend up 11pc, to lift payout ratio

Author: Nicholas Grove
Date: 30 Apr 2013

Australian and New Zealand Banking Group (ANZ) on Tuesday announced half-year cash earnings of $3.2 billion, exceeding Morningstar's expectations for a figure of around $3.1 billion and up 10 per cent on the same half in the prior year

ANZ cash profit rises, flags bad debt charge

Author: Nicholas Grove
Date: 17 Feb 2016

Australian and New Zealand Banking Group (ANZ) on Wednesday announced a cash profit of $1.85 billion for the first quarter ended 31 December 2015, up 5 per cent on the average of the third and fourth quarters in fiscal 2015

Annuities capital available in private sector: Challenger

Author: Tim Stewart
Date: 22 May 2013

The private sector is more than capable of providing the capital required to back a thriving annuities market, according to Challenger Life chief executive Richard Howes

Anchors aweigh

Author: Matthew Booker
Date: 21 Jan 2016

In hindsight it has been nirvana for the unsophisticated investor

Anatomy of a gold bust

Author: Matthew Tuttle
Date: 03 Jun 2013

Momentum investors buy hot individual stocks that enjoyed high returns in the past several months and try to capitalise on a rally

An ugly deleveraging

Author: Andrew Bosomworth
Date: 04 Apr 2016

Here's a critical question for investors in Europe: Can the European Central Bank (ECB) orchestrate a beautiful deleveraging? It is clear that bail-ins and haircuts are likely to play a larger role going forward in reducing unsustainable debt burdens

An all-star cast of dividend stocks

Author: Morningstar staff
Date: 26 May 2017

A basket of between 15 and 30 income-producing equity holdings, the Morningstar Model Income Equity Portfolio has only minimal turnover of stocks

AMP result impresses, outlook upbeat

Author: Christine St Anne
Date: 20 Aug 2015

Companies covered in this report: • AMP Limited (AMP)

AMP impresses again, Wesfarmers' profit dips

Author: Nicholas Grove and Christine St Anne
Date: 19 Feb 2015

Companies covered in this report: • AMP (AMP)

Amcor's result beats forecasts

Author: Nicholas Grove
Date: 19 Aug 2013

Amcor Limited's (AMC) net profit before one-off items rose 8.6 per cent for the year to 30 June 2013 to $689.5 million after the company reduced costs, improved its product mix, and grew sales in emerging markets, the packaging maker said on Monday

Amcor to demerge AAPD business

Author: Nicholas Grove
Date: 01 Aug 2013

Packaging manufacturer Amcor (AMC) on Thursday said it plans to demerge its Australasia and Packaging Distribution (AAPD) business from its Amcor flexible and rigid plastics division

Alumina shares up despite Alcoa loss

Author: AAP NewsWire
Date: 09 Jul 2013

Alumina shares were up $3.50, or 3.5 per cent, at $1.035 at noon AEST

All things being equal

Author: Arian Neiron
Date: 24 Nov 2015

The rapid growth in the number and value of self-managed superannuation funds (SMSFs) has been astonishing

AGL's earnings fizzle on gas write-downs

Author: Anthony Fensom
Date: 10 Feb 2016

Energy retailer AGL Energy (AGL) has attributed its decision to quit exploration and production of natural gas for a statutory net loss of $449 million for the half year to 31 December, down 246 per cent on the previous period

Africa outperforms frontier markets

Author: Oliver Bell
Date: 01 May 2014

Structural reforms and strong economic growth are fuelling equity outperformance and attracting increasing investor interest in the Africa and Middle East region

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

A special dividend from CBA?

Author: Nicholas Grove
Date: 15 Jul 2013

Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA) is set to release its earnings results for fiscal 2013 in mid-August, being the only bank among Australia's "big four" with a financial year to the end of June.

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

A saver's nightmare?

Author: Bill Gross
Date: 29 Sep 2015

So the Federal Reserve (the Fed) has chosen to hold off on their goal of normalising interest rates and the European Central Bank (ECB) has countered with the threat of extending their scheduled quantitative easing (QE) with more checks and more negative interest rates, and the investment community wonders how long can this keep goin' on

A new approach to indexing

Author: Lars Hamich
Date: 12 Aug 2013

Most exchange-traded funds (ETFs) listed in Australia are based on long-established conventional indices that follow common methodology concepts

A little stumble

Author: Peter Warnes
Date: 31 Mar 2017

US equities markets have ignored the failure of President Trump to convince his own party to introduce the American Health Care Act to unwind the Obamacare health insurance safety net

A growth bet on India?

Author: Christine St Anne
Date: 23 May 2014

Morningstar's silver-rated Platinum Asia Fund [9894] beat the market benchmark, according to its December 2013 quarterly note

A footy fan's guide to portfolio construction

Author: Bart Dowling
Date: 30 Sep 2013

Now that we're at the business end of the footy season, it seems appropriate that we outline our thoughts as to the similarities between portfolio construction and football

A closer look at special dividends

Author: Christine St Anne
Date: 16 May 2013

Both Woodside Petroleum (WPL) and Westpac Banking Corporation (WBC) recently announced special dividends

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