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Risk appetite unwavering, beware of the PIE

Author: Peter Warnes
Date: 13 Apr 2017

As global risk levels rise after the US missile attacks on Syria's Al-Shayrat air base and the diversion of US warships of the Third Fleet to Korean waters, investors' appetite for risk assets has not been affected

Equity markets priced for too much hope, says Gross

Author: Bill Gross
Date: 20 Apr 2017

A recent internet blog posed the predicament of many medium/long-term relationships: At some point couples run out of historical stories or even topical things to say

LICs in fashion as investors seek diversified investments

Author: Nicki Bourlioufas
Date: 10 Apr 2017

LICs are essentially professionally managed funds, which are listed--investors can simply buy or sell existing shares in the fund on the ASX

Investors turning away from negative ESG screening

Author: Glenn Freeman
Date: 21 Apr 2017

Around 90 per cent of asset managers in the Asia-Pacific region intend to move beyond "negative screening" ESG approaches over the next two years, the study found

Growth versus value stocks: What next for markets?

Author: Jacob de Tusch-Lec
Date: 10 Apr 2017

The powerful rally in cyclical "value" stocks and financials seen in the second half of last year--and which carried over into January, paused for breath in February

How Morningstar estimates a stock's intrinsic value

Author: Adam Fleck
Date: 13 Apr 2017

If stock prices always reflected the true intrinsic values of the underlying businesses, there would be no point to stock picking

Protecting your portfolio against a downturn

Author: Nicki Bourlioufas
Date: 12 Apr 2017

Many experts are pointing to a correction in bank shares, especially if the property market should come off the boil

Are Aussie companies on the edge of a dividend spiral?

Author: Glenn Freeman
Date: 11 Apr 2017

Among ASX 200 financials, industrials, and commodities stocks, dividend payouts are tipped to exceed $72 billion by June this year, according to February 2017 data from Credit Suisse

Most stocks stink

Author: John Rekenthaler
Date: 11 Apr 2017

The reply to the headline's question surely can't be yes, because that would be no story at all; everybody knows that stocks beat Treasuries

Why is stock-market volatility so low?

Author: Scott Berg
Date: 12 Apr 2017

This perspective is demonstrated by the MSCI AC World Index returning 7 per cent year to date and more than 10 per cent since the US election, to 31 March, with resolute and largely uninterrupted upward momentum

The return of the ASX big caps

Author: Anthony Fensom
Date: 13 Apr 2017

"Big-cap" stocks are back in favour with investors again after previously lagging their smaller rivals

Reflections on an asset class

Author: Stuart Dear
Date: 21 Apr 2017

The economic data and sentiment indicators--in most parts of the world--continue to suggest a renewed expansion phase for the global economy

Some things you should know about the super changes

Author: Genene Wilson
Date: 06 Apr 2017

There is a one-time opportunity for total contributions of up to $575,000 before 30 June for some people

Amazon effect, rates not enough to dent REITs

Author: Anthony Fensom
Date: 12 Apr 2017

Rising bond yields and the "Amazon effect" have hit the real estate investment trust (REIT) sector

Can your SMSF invest in gold?

Author: Eleanor Tjondro
Date: 03 Apr 2017

A recent client enquiry led us to take a closer examination of the types of assets an SMSF can invest in

Putting the perspective into politics

Author: Paras Anand
Date: 04 Apr 2017

Paras Anand, Fidelity International's CIO equities, Europe, argues that the heightened sense of a political "black swan" event is overshadowing the important trends of a reduction in systemic risk since the GFC and the relentless onward march of technology

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

BlackRock sends in the clones

Author: John Rekenthaler
Date: 05 Apr 2017

The world's largest investment manager--Vanguard is the leading mutual fund company both in the United States and globally, but BlackRock runs more assets in all forms--swapped living, breathing people for stock-picking models

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

Super robots marching on member funds

Author: Glenn Freeman
Date: 05 Apr 2017

The noise around automated financial advice--known colloquially as robo-advice--has been building for years

Here are 4 good reasons to own this healthcare stock

Author: Nicholas Grove
Date: 04 Apr 2017

Healthscope Limited (ASX: HSO) this week announced that former Telstra (ASX: TLS) executive Gordon Ballantyne will be taking the helm of Australia's second-biggest private hospital operator effective 15 May 2017, replacing outgoing CEO Robert Cooke

Market Index Performance l March 2017

Author: Morningstar
Date: 05 Apr 2017

Outlook delicately balanced but strong buffers support housing market

Author: David Ellis
Date: 07 Apr 2017

Record high gross household debt levels, terrible housing affordability, low wage growth and rising borrowing costs, regardless of changes in the RBA's official cash rate, are headwinds to stronger economic growth in Australia

SMSF trustees travelling overseas may need company power of attorney

Author: Natasha Ng
Date: 07 Apr 2017

What happens if they, in their capacity as directors of the corporate trustee, need to sign off on decisions concerning them as members but they are overseas? This is a very common scenario and therefore it is very important that if the trustee of your fund is a company that the company appoints a company power of attorney in anticipation of this type of situation.

5 Aussie growth stocks in this silver-medal strategy

Author: Glenn Freeman
Date: 22 Mar 2017

In the context of the US Federal Reserve's latest interest rate increase in early March, "the challenges for bonds and bond surrogates are the toughest they've been in many years," says Neale Goldston-Morris, senior investment analyst, Bennelong Australian Equity Partners

The 3 biggest threats to SMSF investors in 2017

Author: Glenn Freeman
Date: 27 Mar 2017

AMP Capital's latest Black Sky Report found self-managed super fund (SMSF) trustees expect a 10.9 per cent return on their portfolio in 2017--comprising 6 per cent capital and 4.9 per cent income--yet less than one-fifth have rebalanced their SMSF portfolio towards growth assets

Sun may soon set on passive managers: Grant Samuel

Author: Glenn Freeman
Date: 24 Mar 2017

With a 6.37 per cent rolling average return in 2016, the fund underperformed the MSCI World ex-Australia Index last year

What's in the secret sauce of index funds?

Author: Glenn Freeman
Date: 03 Apr 2017

Having recently been named Morningstar's Australian Fund Manager of the Year for the second time in three years, Vanguard knows plenty about what makes equity markets tick

South32 to buy back US$500m in shares

Author: Nicholas Grove
Date: 27 Mar 2017

South32 Limited (ASX: S32) aims to return an additional US$500 million (A$655 million) to shareholders, equating to 4.5 per cent of its current market capitalisation, via an on-market share buyback, the diversified miner told the ASX on Monday

Here's how the Australian ETF industry is transforming

Author: Anthony Fensom
Date: 27 Mar 2017

But while the local market's offerings may appear dull in comparison, local funds are getting more diverse as managers seek to reach new investors

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