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The importance of binding nominations

Author: Brian Hor
Date: 24 Mar 2016

When thinking about estate planning for your super death benefits, Brian Hor, special counsel, superannuation and estate planning with Townsends Business & Corporate Lawyers, stresses that it is absolutely crucial to put into place a valid binding death benefit nomination to provide certainty regarding how your death benefits will be paid--especially where there is any potential for a conflict of interest to arise between your intended beneficiaries

The end of Australia's boom

Author: Satyajit Das
Date: 17 Sep 2013

In the post-war era, there is a strong relationship between economic and electoral success

Telstra's net profit down, lifts dividend

Author: Christine St Anne/Nicholas Grove/Anthony Fensom
Date: 13 Aug 2015

Companies covered in this report: • Telstra (TLS)

Telstra returns $1.8bn to investors

Author: Nicholas Grove/Christine St Anne
Date: 12 Feb 2015

Companies covered in this report: • Telstra (TLS)

Telco, media consolidation to gather momentum

Author: Nicki Bourlioufas
Date: 02 Oct 2015

With a lower Australian dollar making Australian equities cheaper and political change at the very top, discussion is turning to which sectors of the Australian stock market would house the most likely takeover targets

Tax losses in an SMSF

Author: Melanie Dunn
Date: 20 Oct 2014

The Australian Tax Office (ATO) has indicated its intention to focus on tax losses claimed by self-managed superannuation funds (SMSFs) in pension phase and claiming exempt current pension income

Targeted estate-planning strategies

Author: Christine St Anne
Date: 17 Dec 2014

As former Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser once said: "Life wasn't meant to be easy." And life certainly isn't easy when it comes to many families

Stockland's profit falls after "tough" year

Author: Nicholas Grove
Date: 13 Aug 2013

Stockland's (SGP) underlying net profit for the financial year to 30 June 2013 fell 27 per cent on the previous year to $494.8 million, the property investment company said on Tuesday

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

Spending strategy crucial in retirement

Author: Christine St Anne
Date: 05 Dec 2014

To have champagne taste on a beer budget is a well-known idiom

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

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

SMSFs take up bulk of ETF boom

Author: Rachael Micallef
Date: 14 May 2013

Self-managed super funds (SMSFs) are the main investors of exchange-traded funds (ETFS), with the industry forecasted for continued long-term growth

SMSF establishment rates drop

Author: Katarina Taurian
Date: 28 May 2013

Establishments of self-managed super funds (SMSFs) have decreased significantly, according to the Australian Taxation Office's (ATO) Self-Managed Super Fund Statistical Report for March 2013, but the SMSF Professionals' Association of Australia (SPAA) is not concerned by the data

SMSF assets fall as shares slide, property on the rise

Author: Nicki Bourlioufas
Date: 29 Jun 2016

But property and cash deposit exposures grew, reflecting a flight to the perceived safety of these asset classes

Seven Group's profit falls 10pc

Author: Nicholas Grove
Date: 03 Aug 2016

The result beat Morningstar's forecast for a profit of $134 million

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

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

Santos posts loss but sees better times ahead

Author: Anthony Fensom
Date: 17 Feb 2017

However, the Adelaide-based company sees better times ahead, helped by rising oil prices, with analysts seeing the result as in line with expectations

Santa in a black SUV; Is the Fed's independence challenged?

Author: Peter Warnes
Date: 02 Dec 2016

Did Santa leave his North Pole base a month early? Did he disguise himself in a dark blue suit, a red tie and red baseball cap? Were his eight loyal reindeers replaced by black, window-tinted SUVs? Did he alter his welcoming greeting from "Ho, Ho, Ho" to hand claps and thumbs up? Has his traditional December stock-market rally come a month early? Possibly.

Safe withdrawal rates for Australian retirees

Author: David Blanchett/Anthony Serhan/Peter Gee
Date: 02 Feb 2016

There is a growing body of literature on safe withdrawal rates for retirees

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

Relapse in iron ore rally inevitable

Author: Nicki Bourlioufas
Date: 06 May 2016

While the iron ore price has bounced back in recent times there is still more pain to come for the smaller iron ore miners, who still face burgeoning supply and an ongoing focus on cost reduction, which will push some out of the higher-cost producers out of the industry

Red is the new green

Author: Bill Gross
Date: 07 Dec 2016

I've got nothing against national anthems, and I wouldn't kneel even if I was Colin Kaepernick

Ramsay books banner result

Author: Christine St Anne/Nicholas Grove
Date: 27 Aug 2015

Companies covered in this report: • Ramsay Health Care (RHC)

Ramsay announces $481m profit and new pharmacy venture

Author: Glenn Freeman
Date: 30 Aug 2016

Australia's largest private hospital operator Ramsay Health Care (ASX: RHC) on Tuesday reported core net profit after tax (NPAT) of $481.4 million for fiscal 2016, up 17 per cent from $412.1 million in fiscal 2015

Picking the right global strategy

Author: Andrew Lill
Date: 11 Jun 2015

Most investors think about investing in global equity markets and global currencies as the same thing

Perpetual lifts profit despite tough markets

Author: Nicki Bourlioufas
Date: 25 Aug 2016

Perpetual (ASX: PPT) rallied on Thursday after the fund manager announced healthy growth in some business divisions and a rise in statutory profit despite difficult financial markets

Overcoming emotional investing

Author: Karl Siegling
Date: 30 Jul 2015

We spend a significant amount of time explaining to investors our process for entering and exiting investments

Outlook shows signs of improvement

Author: Lesley Beath
Date: 09 Dec 2014

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