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Articles from: NAB's 1Q cash profit dips 1pc after costs rise to Amcor lifts full-year profit, dividend

NAB's 1Q cash profit dips 1pc after costs rise

Author: Nicholas Grove
Date: 06 Feb 2017

National Australia Bank (ASX: NAB) on Monday announced a first-quarter underlying cash profit of $1.6 billion, down 1 per cent on the same quarter in the previous financial year, after an increase in redundancy costs impacted the bottom line

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

Macquarie posts 39pc lift in profit

Author: Nicholas Grove
Date: 01 Nov 2013

Macquarie Group (MQG) on Friday announced a net profit of $501 million for the half year to the end of September 2013, up 39 per cent on the same period in the previous year

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)

Keating's other legacy

Author: Christine St Anne
Date: 22 Nov 2013

My book, A Super History , closely explored the beginnings of Australia's compulsory superannuation industry

Is the threat of inflation real?

Author: Michael Collins
Date: 18 Jul 2013

The Federal Reserve judges that inflation is low enough for it to prolong its third splash of quantitative easing

Investors demand more transparency and efficiency

Author: Glenn Freeman
Date: 28 Dec 2016

In recent years, public discussion of investment technology has centred on digitally-enabled investment advice for consumers--or robo-advice--including mobile applications

How to defer tax

Author: Westpac advisers
Date: 25 Jun 2015

Diana Saad, senior financial planner, Westpac Premium 1) Set up a discretionary trust

How managed funds can smooth your SMSF risk exposure

Author: Glenn Freeman
Date: 29 Jul 2016

"If you look at SMSFs, most of them over the last few years have underperformed--when you look at the risk and return, these SMSFs have got almost double the risk of a diversified growth managed fund," says Robin Bowerman, head of market strategy and communications, Vanguard Australia

How long can the bull keep running?

Author: Nicki Bourlioufas
Date: 07 Apr 2017

If it feels like the current bull market has been running for years, that's because it has

How asset allocation differs from diversification

Author: Larissa Fernand
Date: 10 Mar 2015

Investors tend to use the terms "asset allocation" and "diversification" interchangeably

Here's what you need to know about Downer's bid for Spotless

Author: Nicholas Grove
Date: 22 Mar 2017

Downer EDI Limited (ASX: DOW) on Tuesday launched a $1.3-billion takeover bid for facility and laundry services provider Spotless Group Holdings (ASX: SPO) , an offer which sent shares in the latter soaring nearly 50 per cent in the hours after the bid was announced

Here's a top-rated exposure to Japanese equities

Author: Nicholas Grove
Date: 22 Nov 2016

Morningstar UK fund analyst Kenneth Lamont points out in a recent article that Japan has more to gain or lose from changes to US economic and foreign policy under a Trump presidency than most other countries

Healthscope lifts profit, dividends

Author: Nicholas Grove
Date: 23 Aug 2016

Healthscope Limited (ASX: HSO) has recorded a 25.1 per cent lift in net operating profit to $194.6 million for fiscal 2016, broadly in line with Morningstar's forecast, following a "robust" performance from its hospitals and New Zealand pathology businesses

Focus on the facts, not the froth

Author: Peter Warnes
Date: 13 Jan 2017

While 2016 saw most global stock-market indices recording useful gains, some investors would have struggled to match, let alone exceed, market returns

Flight Centre profit dips amid challenging climate

Author: Nicholas Grove
Date: 25 Aug 2016

Flight Centre's (ASX: FLT) underlying net profit before one-off items for fiscal 2016 dipped 3.8 per cent to $246.7 million, the travel agency operator said on Thursday

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."

Computershare 1H17 result banks on business renewal, rising rates

Author: Glenn Freeman
Date: 15 Feb 2017

Computershare (ASX: CPU) shareholders will receive an interim dividend of 17 cents a share, 30 per cent franked, up 6.3 per cent on the first half of fiscal 2016

Cochlear records healthy profit, dividend growth in 1H17

Author: Glenn Freeman
Date: 14 Feb 2017

The uplift comes despite some softening of demand for Cochlear (ASX: COH) hearing implants in China, where a shift in government tender purchases saw the number of tender units fall to 1,100 over the half, down from 1,700 in the first half of fiscal 2016

CIMIC's 2016 profit, dividends beat forecast

Author: Nicholas Grove
Date: 08 Feb 2017

CIMIC Group (ASX: CIM) on Wednesday announced a net profit for 2016 of $580.3 million, up 11.5 per cent on 2015, at the top end of company guidance, and ahead of Morningstar's forecast for a profit of $575.9 million

Challenger lifts profit 8pc on record annuity sales

Author: Nicholas Grove
Date: 14 Feb 2017

Including a profit from the sale of Kapstream Capital in the prior corresponding period, statutory net profit was down about 14 per cent to $202 million

CBA lifts half-year cash profit 2pc, dividend 1pc

Author: Nicholas Grove
Date: 15 Feb 2017

Cash earnings per share stood at $2.86, flat on the previous corresponding half, the bank said in a statement to the ASX

Buffett: Indexing the best choice for investors large and small

Author: Jeremy Glaser
Date: 02 Mar 2017

Berkshire Hathaway chairman and CEO Warren Buffett extolled the virtues of low-cost index funds and American dynamism in his annual letter to shareholders, released at the weekend along with the firm's 2016 results

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

ATO highlights common SMSF traps

Author: Christine St Anne
Date: 06 Aug 2015

The penalty regime for self-managed superannuation funds (SMSFs) under the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) has been in place for a year

Asian equities: Play the long game

Author: Anthony Fensom
Date: 13 Apr 2016

Asian stocks have had a poor start to 2016, with slowing growth in China and capital flight from emerging markets weighing on valuations

ANZ delivers 31pc lift in 1Q17 cash profit

Author: Nicholas Grove
Date: 17 Feb 2017

The result also benefitted from a lower bad debt charge and the sale of the bank's old headquarters at 100 Queen Street, Melbourne, ANZ said in a statement to the ASX on Friday

Another telco adjusts to structural shift in the sector

Author: Glenn Freeman
Date: 08 Dec 2016

This week's TPG Telecom (ASX: TPM) annual general meeting reiterated management's previous earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) outlook for fiscal 2017, but concerns about the revenue effect of NBN have increased

Amcor lifts full-year profit, dividend

Author: Nicholas Grove
Date: 25 Aug 2016

Statutory net profit, which included a previously announced accounting charge related to Amcor's Venezuelan business, was down 64.1 per cent to US$244.1 million

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