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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 shares lower but not for long

Author: Nicki Bourlioufas
Date: 17 Aug 2016

Shares in Australian biopharmaceutical company CSL Limited (ASX: CSL) have dropped after the company posted a 10 per cent fall in full-year net profit to US$1.24 billion ($1.6 billion), dragged down by the company's purchase of the loss-making influenza vaccine business Novartis

CSL celebrates anniversary with record profit

Author: Anthony Fensom
Date: 17 Feb 2016

Blood products maker CSL Limited (CSL) has celebrated its 100th anniversary by posting a record US$719 million net profit, up 4 per cent on the previous half year, with double-digit sales growth across its plasma therapy units

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

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

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

Brambles: Lessons to be learned

Author: Peter Warnes
Date: 24 Feb 2017

This week's results from Brambles (ASX: BXB) were telegraphed to the market on 23 January via a trading update, which indicated problems had arisen in the December quarter

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

Bond market rally shows no sign of ending

Author: Kellie Wood
Date: 19 Jul 2016

Normality is certainly a concept we, and others, have been wrestling with

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.

Bittersweet news as Genworth announces special dividend

Author: Glenn Freeman
Date: 04 Aug 2016

This includes the 14-cent dividend--in line with the board's targeted payout ratio of between 50 to 80 per cent--and a special 12.5-cent per share special dividend

Beware of manipulated utopias

Author: Martin Conlon
Date: 09 Nov 2016

As a fan of dystopian classics such as Huxley's Brave New World and Orwell's 1984 , I find their insights into the perils of searching for a manipulated utopia alarmingly relevant to today's financial world

Avoid outliving your retirement savings

Author: Larissa Fernand
Date: 03 Apr 2015

While rising life expectancy is considered a good thing, there is a financial risk involved

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

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

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

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 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

ASIC targets "capital-protected" retail products

Author: Tim Stewart
Date: 02 May 2013

The regulator is currently contacting providers of "capital-protected" retail structured products with concerns about the way the products are being marketed to consumers

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

AREITS bouncing back, says State Street

Author: Staff
Date: 06 Jun 2013

Australian-listed property companies are returning to 2003-era attractiveness for investors, according to commentary from State Street Global Advisors (SSgA)

Are these active ETFs worth adding to your portfolio?

Author: Glenn Freeman
Date: 01 Feb 2017

The Australian ETF market had another year of rapid growth, expanding to $25.4 billion in 2016, from $21 billion in 2015

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