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Demystifying the benefits and risks of ETFs

Author: Arian Neiron
Date: 20 Nov 2013

A lot has been written about the rapid growth of Australia's exchange-traded funds (ETF) market, which recently passed $9 billion in assets

Dark cloud on the horizon

Author: Lesley Beath
Date: 08 Jul 2013

Disclaimer : To the extent that any content in this report constitutes advice, it is general advice that has been prepared by Lesley Beath without taking into account the particular investment objectives, financial situation and particular needs of any individual investors

Cutting through the jargon

Author: Adam Zoll
Date: 11 Sep 2014

The investment industry, like most other industries, has developed its own terms to describe its methods, processes and offerings

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."

CSL reports net profit, dividend growth for 1H17

Author: Glenn Freeman
Date: 15 Feb 2017

It also reported earnings before interest and taxes of US$1.09 million, up 36 per cent year on year

Crown's profit falls 23pc on lacklustre Macau gambling

Author: Nicholas Grove
Date: 17 Aug 2016

The casino operator declared a final dividend of 39.5 cents a share, which brought the total full-year dividend to 72.5 cents a share

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

China's long march towards capitalism

Author: Diana Cawfield
Date: 13 Apr 2015

Amid the slowdown in China, with GDP growth at its most sluggish pace in 24 years, reforms are unfolding that may boost the world's second-largest economy

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

Challenger delivers record profit, dividends

Author: Nicholas Grove
Date: 16 Aug 2016

Challenger Limited (ASX: CGF) on Tuesday announced an 8 per cent rise in normalised net profit before one-off items to $362 million for fiscal 2016, on the back of a 22 per cent rise in annuity sales to a record $3.4 billion

CBA records steady first-quarter cash earnings

Author: Nicholas Grove
Date: 08 Nov 2016

Commonwealth Bank of Australia (ASX: CBA) on Tuesday said its cash earnings before one-offs for the first quarter ended September stood at around $2.4 billion, unchanged on the same quarter in fiscal 2016

CBA on track for "impressive" FY profit

Author: Nicholas Grove
Date: 06 Nov 2013

Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA) on Wednesday announced a cash profit of $2.1 billion for the first quarter of fiscal 2014, up 14 per cent on the same quarter in the prior year and in line with market forecasts

Caution on tax warranted ahead of 30 June

Author: Nicki Bourlioufas
Date: 15 Jun 2016

Some financial advisers have been recommending strategies to clients to boost their tax refunds, but two planners offer some words of caution

Care needed in transferring SMSF investments

Author: Graeme Colley and Vicky Kuok
Date: 24 Apr 2015

Long live the lucky country, with one of the best superannuation systems in the world such is the Australian lifespan

Can your SMSF buy your business?

Author: Michael Hallinan
Date: 26 Sep 2016

"I am the sole director of my private trading company and I also own the premises from which my business is being run

Can your SMSF buy your business?

Author: Michael Hallinan
Date: 23 Dec 2016

"I am the sole director of my private trading company and I also own the premises from which my business is being run

Budget shortfall points to weaker economy

Author: Chris Kennedy
Date: 16 May 2013

A huge revenue shortfall and a less optimistic timetable for a return to surplus may indicate an acceptance that our economy is weaker than it has been in the past, according to leading economists

Brambles' profit meets guidance, CEO retires

Author: Nicholas Grove
Date: 18 Aug 2016

Brambles Limited (ASX: BXB) on Thursday announced an underlying profit of US$623.1 million for fiscal 2016, up 8 per cent on the prior year in constant currency terms, and underlying earnings per share (EPS) of 39.5 US cents, up 7 per cent

Brambles lifts profit, full-year guidance

Author: Nicholas Grove
Date: 22 Feb 2016

Brambles (BXB) on Monday announced a 2 per cent year-on-year rise in net profit after tax to US$290.9 million for the half year ended 31 December 2015

Bonds may have sold off but don't sell out

Author: Nicki Bourlioufas
Date: 29 Nov 2016

One of the quickest trades that followed the 8 November election victory of Donald Trump was the selling out of bond funds, with investors piling into stocks as investors took on more risk with the promise of greater US growth

BlueScope earnings growth undented by softer steel market

Author: Glenn Freeman
Date: 22 Aug 2016

BlueScope Steel (ASX: BSL) on Monday reported $293.1 million in underlying net profit after tax, up 119 per cent on fiscal 2015 and its best earnings result since fiscal 2008.

Bennelong, Hyperion, and Vanguard finalists for Fund Manager of the Year

Author: Phillip Gray
Date: 29 Feb 2016

We've announced the finalists in this year's Australian Morningstar Awards

Avoiding a super fraud

Author: Christine St Anne
Date: 17 Sep 2014

It was only a couple of years ago when the collapse of the Trio Capital left 6,000 people without their superannuation savings

Australian small caps: Insights from Fidelity

Author: James Abela
Date: 19 Oct 2016

Over the last couple of years, the small-cap market has remained pretty stable with good growth and a high degree of certainty

Australia's ETF boom to continue

Author: Anthony Fensom
Date: 04 May 2016

The boom in Australia's exchange-traded fund (ETF) industry is here to stay, bringing increased choice and lower costs to investors, according to Morningstar research analyst Alex Prineas

Aurizon ups profit, payout ratio

Author: Nicholas Grove
Date: 19 Aug 2013

Aurizon Holdings' (AZJ) underlying net profit for fiscal 2013 rose 16 per cent on the previous year to $487 million, the rail freight company said on Monday

ATO's LRBA guidelines: A safe harbour?

Author: Michael Hallinan
Date: 12 Apr 2016

The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) has issued its Practical Compliance Guidelines as to what constitutes a "safe harbour" for related party limited recourse borrowing arrangement (LRBAs)

ATO sets sights on wealthy

Author: Arron Dickens
Date: 14 Jan 2014

Unsurprisingly, in a revenue-constrained economy with a persistent government fiscal deficit, the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) plans to conduct more tax compliance reviews and audits this year

Asia: Breathing room and bright spots

Author: Mark Jason and Steve Cao
Date: 25 Nov 2013

China is entering a multi-year period of slower growth, but we consider its future growth robust and sustainable when compared with overall global GDP growth

Are SMSF assets too defensive?

Author: Nicki Bourlioufas
Date: 14 Mar 2016

The assets of self-managed superannuation funds (SMSF) jumped in the December quarter of 2015, spurred on by a strong rise in values of their equities

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