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Articles from: The investment outperforming gold bullion to Japan's bizarrely brief "technical recession"

The investment outperforming gold bullion

Author: Arian Neiron
Date: 29 Mar 2016

The resurgence of interest in gold bullion and its price rise over the past two months caught many investors by surprise

Key compliance risk for SMSFs in 2016? Pensions!

Author: Melanie Dunn
Date: 10 Mar 2016

Sunshine, lollipops and ...

Author: Bill Gross
Date: 14 Mar 2016

Our sun--a rather tiny star in the galactic scheme of things--seems inexhaustible

Crystal ball is cloudy

Author: Simon Doyle
Date: 18 Feb 2016

The New Year is typically celebrated with fireworks--the major cities all trying to outdo each other with both colour and impact

Contributing superannuation for children

Author: Kathy Evans
Date: 23 Feb 2016

As we get older we know how important it is to focus on building our superannuation for retirement, but have you ever considered getting your children started on building their superannuation? The earlier our children start contributing towards building their superannuation, the better off they will be in their retirement.

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

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


Author: Kate Howitt
Date: 15 Mar 2016

Disruption is the term that describes the battering that technological advances herald for many people

Medibank Private posts 58pc profit rise

Author: Nicholas Grove
Date: 19 Feb 2016

Australia's largest private health insurer Medibank Private (MPL) on Friday announced a 58 per cent rise in net profit to $227.6 million for the half year ended 31 December 2016

ANZ cash profit rises, flags bad debt charge

Author: Nicholas Grove
Date: 17 Feb 2016

Australian and New Zealand Banking Group (ANZ) on Wednesday announced a cash profit of $1.85 billion for the first quarter ended 31 December 2015, up 5 per cent on the average of the third and fourth quarters in fiscal 2015

Same song still on repeat

Author: Martin Conlon
Date: 16 Mar 2016

Investment strategy of recent years has been somewhat monotonous

Market Index Performance l February 2016

Author: Morningstar
Date: 03 Mar 2016

Negative interest rates have become entrenched

Author: Michael Collins
Date: 17 Mar 2016

Capitalism's essential difference from a planned economy is that it allows the price mechanism, rather than some central authority, to allocate resources

Oil slump weakens Woodside

Author: Anthony Fensom
Date: 18 Feb 2016

Slumping oil prices almost wiped out the profits of energy company Woodside Petroleum (WPL) , which booked write-downs of US$1.1 billion after cutting its oil price forecasts

Death benefit pensions: Recent ruling undermines cashing restrictions

Author: SUPERCentral
Date: 08 Mar 2016

One would have thought that issues relating to self-managed super fund (SMSF) pensions are relatively well settled

Hyperion wins Morningstar Australian Fund Manager of the Year Award

Author: Morningstar
Date: 07 Mar 2016

In announcing the winners of the Australian Morningstar Awards 2016, Morningstar Australasia director of manager research ratings, Tom Whitelaw, said Hyperion "deserved applause for its unwavering commitment to thorough bottom-up research and commitment to maintaining its disciplined investment style through the trials and tribulations of the investment cycle"

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

Rise of the Scrap Age

Author: Morningstar
Date: 01 Mar 2016

Beaten-down iron ore and metallurgical coal prices have prompted investors to wonder whether we've finally reached a bottom

NAB posts $1.7bn 1Q cash profit

Author: Nicholas Grove
Date: 16 Feb 2016

National Australia Bank (NAB) on Tuesday announced an unaudited cash profit from continuing operations--which excludes the recently demerger and IPO of Clydesdale Group in the UK--of approximately $1.7 billion for the first quarter ended December 2015

Telstra lifts 1H profit, reaffirms guidance

Author: Nicholas Grove
Date: 18 Feb 2016

Telstra (TLS) on Thursday announced a net profit after tax of $2.1 billion for the first half of fiscal 2016, up 0.8 per cent on the previous corresponding half year, on the back of growth in retail fixed bundle and mobile customer numbers

Market activity boosts ASX profit

Author: Nicholas Grove
Date: 11 Feb 2016

ASX Limited (ASX) on Thursday announced a net profit of $213.1 million for the first half of fiscal 2016, up 7.3 per cent on the prior year, after the stock-market operator saw increased activity across all areas of the business

Suncorp's earnings hit by hazards

Author: Nicholas Grove
Date: 11 Feb 2016

Suncorp Group (SUN) on Thursday announced a 16 per cent fall in net profit to $530 million for the first half of fiscal 2016, after its general insurance business took a hit from a higher-than-expected number of natural hazards and investment market volatility

6 events you may have missed

Author: Michael Collins
Date: 15 Feb 2016

In 2011, the US suffered the embarrassment of losing its triple-A debt rating for the first time when Republicans abandoned the formality of renewing Washington's debt limit in an attempt to blackmail Democrats into agreeing to spending cuts

Guess who's spending again?

Author: Michael Collins
Date: 17 Feb 2016

Nine years after the last increase, seven years after zero was reached and two years since quantitative easing was abandoned, recent history's most awaited rate rise occurred

Avoiding the bequest trap

Author: Austock Life
Date: 02 Feb 2016

An often overlooked investment can give parents in blended families the certainty that their nominated beneficiaries will receive their bequest without challenges from disgruntled family members

Secret bond option for grandparents

Author: Austock Life
Date: 09 Feb 2016

Grandparents are increasingly utilising insurance bonds to leave bequests to their grandchildren that are beyond will disputes

China woes create Asian buying opportunity

Author: Robin Parbrook
Date: 04 Feb 2016

What's happening with China's currency? The immediate cause of the current wobbles or "crisis" in China is the currency, which has now fallen quite sharply

ETF market outlook strong despite volatility

Author: Nicki Bourlioufas
Date: 08 Feb 2016

Despite the wild ride of share markets over recent months, and some very poor investment returns, the size of the Australian exchange-traded fund (ETF) market has jumped as investors pour money into this asset class despite, or perhaps because of, volatile markets

AGL's earnings fizzle on gas write-downs

Author: Anthony Fensom
Date: 10 Feb 2016

Energy retailer AGL Energy (AGL) has attributed its decision to quit exploration and production of natural gas for a statutory net loss of $449 million for the half year to 31 December, down 246 per cent on the previous period

Japan's bizarrely brief "technical recession"

Author: Michael Collins
Date: 22 Jan 2016

Revisions are a normal part of compiling economic statistics, especially when it comes to the all-encompassing national accounts that track GDP

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