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Articles from: Why SMSFs should start preparing for 30 June now to Rio Tinto cuts costs to get ahead

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

Why investors will remain high on pot stocks

Author: Nicki Bourlioufas
Date: 27 Apr 2017

Medicinal cannabis has been found to be effective in treating chronic pain management, epilepsy, and chemotherapy-induced nausea

Why Australian investors should consider Japanese equities

Author: Anthony Fensom
Date: 26 Oct 2016

Japanese stocks have lost ground in 2016, with a rising exchange rate dampening exporters' profits and foreign investors retreating from the market

Where to shop for top retail stocks

Author: Anthony Fensom
Date: 27 Nov 2015

A slowing economy, mixed consumer and business confidence, and a weakening currency have all put pressure on the Aussie retail sector

Where to find the best Buys

Author: Christine St Anne
Date: 31 May 2013

Investing in an overvalued market was a big theme that resonated throughout last week's Morningstar Investment Conference

What risks lurk in each asset class

Author: Christine Benz
Date: 08 Apr 2015

Academics and finance professionals sometimes refer to the "risk-free rate of return" as a benchmark

What retailers can learn from Domino's

Author: Christine St Anne
Date: 03 Jul 2013

Domino's Pizza Enterprises (DMP) managing director Don Meij this week announced a new pizza topping - Cajun chicken camembert

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"

Westpac and the holy grail

Author: Christine St Anne
Date: 12 Nov 2013

Three of Australia's big four banks recently announced some impressive profit results for the 2013 fiscal year

Westfield on track, Qantas surprises

Author: Nicholas Grove
Date: 29 Aug 2013

Companies covered in this report: • Westfield Group (WDC)

US election 2016: What Trump's victory means for your stocks and portfolio strategy

Author: Glenn Freeman
Date: 10 Nov 2016

Donald Trump will only get the keys to the White House in January 2017

Transurban's earnings, distribution in line

Author: Nicholas Grove
Date: 01 Aug 2013

Toll-road operator Transurban Group (TCL) on Thursday announced a 5.6 per cent rise in proportional earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) to $828 million for the 2013 fiscal year

Top global fixed-interest returns

Author: Nicholas Grove
Date: 10 Mar 2014

Boutique global fixed-income manager Bentham Asset Management was recently named the winner in the Fixed-Interest Category at the Australian Morningstar Awards 2014

Top Aussie stocks in infrastructure, education and agriculture

Author: Glenn Freeman
Date: 08 Sep 2016

Wilson believes domestic stocks are often taken for granted because Australian companies "are liquid and they are well governed"

These 3 miners may be over-exposed to China

Author: Glenn Freeman
Date: 19 Apr 2017

The outlook for the Australian economy over the next two quarters may be strong, but the sustainability of the commodities rally is a key question

The hunt for value

Author: Brook Sweeney
Date: 04 Jun 2014

This year's Morningstar Investment Conference asset allocation panel session discussed topics such as the direction of the Australian dollar, views on international equity markets, where the best investment opportunities are and the use of alternatives in portfolios

The good, the bad and the ugly BHP

Author: Nicholas Grove
Date: 07 Apr 2014

Last week, The Australian Financial Review reported that BHP Billiton (BHP) was considering spinning off many of its "non-core" assets

The Bank of Japan breaks more taboos

Author: Simon Doyle
Date: 31 Oct 2016

The Bank of Japan, in its quest to revive Japan's deflation-prone economy, pioneered zero cash rates in 1999, invented quantitative easing in 2001 and resorted to negative deposit interest rates earlier this year

The appeal of managed portfolios

Author: Andrew Alcock
Date: 12 Jan 2016

Oscar Wilde is quoted to have said: "With age comes wisdom, but sometimes age comes alone." When it comes to investing, the needs of investors have traditionally been determined according to their age, with generations typically grouped as Baby Boomers, Generation X and Generation Y

Thank you and best wishes for the New Year

Author: Peter Warnes
Date: 06 Jan 2017

The dawning of 2017 sees the curtain fall on one of the most tumultuous years for global financial markets

Taxing times for trustees

Author: Christine St Anne
Date: 02 Apr 2015

The federal government launched its much-awaited white paper on tax reform this week

Stocks to benefit from ageing population

Author: Peter Warnes
Date: 26 May 2017

Global financial markets remain torn between generally improving economic data and positive corporate earnings growth on the one hand, and elevated political uncertainty in the US and geopolitical issues on the other

Stockland hands down solid FY16 result

Author: Glenn Freeman
Date: 17 Aug 2016

Property conglomerate Stockland Group (ASX: SGP) on Wednesday reported underlying earnings of $660 million for fiscal 2016, up 8.5 per cent on fiscal 2015

Something amazing about to happen in China

Author: Richard Watt
Date: 21 Nov 2016

This is amazing not because it will offer better investment opportunities in China, but because it represents a key part of the incredible story of the Shenzhen Stock Exchange, the companies listed on it, and the city it sits in

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

Self-managed super as attractive now as ever

Author: Glenn Freeman
Date: 29 Nov 2016

If you have a superannuation balance of $200,000--or a realistic expectation of reaching this amount within a few years--it still makes sense to establish a self-managed super fund (SMSF), according to Graeme Colley, executive manager, SMSF technical and private wealth, SuperConcepts

Seeking high-quality stocks in rollercoaster markets

Author: Garry Laurence
Date: 29 Jul 2015

Happy new financial year! For those of you who have been enjoying the northern hemisphere summer and have not been watching the markets, you might be thinking that not much has changed over the past few weeks! In reality, global stock markets have gone on a rollercoaster and have ended up back at June highs

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

Rio Tinto cuts costs to get ahead

Author: Anthony Fensom
Date: 04 Aug 2016

The Anglo-Australian mining giant announced net earnings of US$1.7 billion (A$2.2 billion), up 113 per cent compared to the previous first half, although underlying earnings were down 47 per cent to US$1.6 billion, the lowest since 2004

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