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Articles from: Australia's changing labour market to North Korea's threats fail to rattle markets

Australia's changing labour market

Author: Peter Warnes
Date: 19 May 2017

Besides the use of the word "that" 47 times, the minutes of the Monetary Policy Meeting of the Reserve Bank Board on 2 May made some interesting observations

Patience over exuberance

Author: Stuart Dear
Date: 17 May 2017

Our outlook remains cautious across several dimensions

Resources stocks: boom or bust?

Author: Anthony Fensom
Date: 19 May 2017

A strong start to 2017 had miners hoping for better times ahead in the Year of the Rooster

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

Attack on banks to hit workers' savings, household consumption

Author: Peter Warnes
Date: 12 May 2017

There is little in Treasurer Scott Morrison's second budget to increase total demand in the economy, to grow the pie, to grow savings, or to incentivise workers

The how and why of buying international shares

Author: Glenn Freeman
Date: 23 May 2017

Around 75 per cent of share-market investors hold only domestically listed stocks, the Australian Investor Study 2017 found

French election: Sigh of relief for markets as Frexit fears allayed

Author: Glenn Freeman
Date: 09 May 2017

The independent French centrist secured 66 per cent of the vote, against far-right candidate Marine Le Pen's 34 per cent

Show me the incentive, I'll show you the outcome

Author: Martin Conlon
Date: 09 May 2017

"Show me the incentive and I'll show you the outcome." Charlie Munger's quip is typically insightful and relevant to many of the ructions currently facing the domestic economy and a number of the key sectors within it

Budget 2017: This healthcare company sees upside in Medicare, imaging changes

Author: Glenn Freeman
Date: 11 May 2017

While the banking sector has hit out at what it sees as "bank bashing" by the government , several healthcare companies are likely to benefit from the changes

CBA posts in-line $2.4bn 3Q17 cash profit

Author: Nicholas Grove
Date: 09 May 2017

Unaudited statutory net profit stood at approximately $2.6 billion for the quarter, CBA said in a statement to the ASX

Does an SMSF cease to be compliant if its members go overseas?

Author: Peter Townsend
Date: 10 May 2017

Frank and Mary want to go overseas for a while to work in England

History: Will it repeat or rhyme?

Author: Tom Stevenson
Date: 18 May 2017

NASDAQ 1989-1999 Source: Datastream

5 Australian innovators tipped to outperform

Author: Glenn Freeman
Date: 18 May 2017

"Cast your mind back to the start of 2016, we were pretty ho-hum, with pretty sluggish growth, interest rates were said to be lower for longer, and there was talk of deflation rather than reflation," Beaumont says

How will the transfer balance cap impact retirement plans?

Author: Accurium
Date: 16 May 2017

The latest updates to Accurium's retirement healthcheck allow you to assess the impact on retirement plans for those affected by the $1.6-million transfer balance cap

Estate equalisation by courts not so straightforward

Author: Brian Hor
Date: 18 May 2017

In a 2015 court case, a claim by the daughters of the deceased for an equal share of his estate was dismissed

Is this time different for value investors?

Author: John Rekenthaler
Date: 17 May 2017

For growth-stock investors, every day is a new beginning

Market Index Performance l April 2017

Author: Morningstar
Date: 05 May 2017

Contrasting outlooks for these 2 resource stocks

Author: Glenn Freeman
Date: 24 Apr 2017

While mining company share prices have maintained their buoyancy longer than many analysts anticipated--including Morningstar's senior equity analyst covering mined commodities, Mat Hodge--the latest quarterly production figures from Rio Tinto (ASX: RIO) have not shifted his outlook

Macquarie reports $2.2bn full-year profit

Author: Nicholas Grove
Date: 05 May 2017

Macquarie Group (ASX: MQG) on Friday announced a net profit of $2.2 billion for fiscal 2017, up 7.5 per cent on the previous year and just a touch above both Morningstar and consensus expectations for a figure of around $2.1 billion

Treasurer hands down "tax, spend, build" budget

Author: Glenn Freeman
Date: 10 May 2017

Australia's financial services sector, particularly the big four banks, are among the new taxation targets of Budget 2017, with banks holding liabilities of more than $100 billion to be slugged with a new 6-basis-point levy on liabilities

Thinking outside the cube

Author: Peter Warnes
Date: 28 Apr 2017

In last week's Overview, I explored the reasons why I believe TPG Telecom (ASX: TPM) decided to become Australia's fourth mobile operator

Westpac records in-line $4bn half-year cash profit

Author: Nicholas Grove
Date: 08 May 2017

Westpac Group (ASX: WBC) on Monday announced a 3 per cent rise in cash profit before significant items to $4 billion for the half year ended 31 March 2017, in line with both consensus and Morningstar's forecasts

100-day action plan to make America great again

Author: Tom Stevenson
Date: 05 May 2017

It is good to under-promise and over-deliver

Positive quarterly sales result but Woolworths not out of woods

Author: Glenn Freeman
Date: 02 May 2017

"We are pleased with the progress we have made on our key priorities, with the strong sales growth in Australian Food during the quarter a particular highlight," said Brad Banducci, group CEO, Woolworths (ASX: WOW )

Boon in software spending lifts ASX-listed IT stocks

Author: Nicki Bourlioufas
Date: 11 May 2017

The IT sector in Australia is growing rapidly as spending on computer software increases and many listed companies are benefiting from that rising expenditure, highlighted by accounting software company Xero's (ASX: XRO) strong result on Thursday

NAB lifts half-year cash profit to $3.3bn

Author: Nicholas Grove
Date: 04 May 2017

National Australia Bank (ASX: NAB) on Thursday announced a cash profit before one-off items of $3.29 billion for the first half of fiscal 2017, up 2.3 per cent on the same half in the previous year and broadly in line with Morningstar's forecast

Here's how the tax advantages of ETFs can boost returns

Author: Nicki Bourlioufas
Date: 08 May 2017

Investors could be better off from a tax perspective by investing in passively managed exchange-traded funds (ETFs) rather than actively managed funds, but they need to check their ownership vehicle will deliver those benefits, according to experts

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

Are market expectations realistic?

Author: Peter Warnes
Date: 05 May 2017

Global equities markets remain at elevated levels, buoyed by expectations the economic tide has turned and accelerating growth is on our doorstep

North Korea's threats fail to rattle markets

Author: Anthony Fensom
Date: 03 May 2017

North Korea has threatened nuclear war against Australia and other US allies, amid a growing geopolitical crisis on the Korean Peninsula

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