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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

Negative gearing: What's at stake for investors?

Author: Anthony Fensom
Date: 08 Mar 2016

The Turnbull government may have shelved its planned reforms to negative gearing, but with Labor pushing for changes, the debate is far from finished

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"

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

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

Small caps face unknown in 2016

Author: Nicki Bourlioufas
Date: 15 Feb 2016

Australian small-cap stocks had a good year last year, with the ASX Small Ordinaries Index returning 10.2 per cent, with the hefty gains of Blackmores (BKL) a key example of a large gainer, while the S&P/ASX 200 returned just 2.6 per cent

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

Will the dead cat bounce?

Author: Lesley Beath
Date: 09 Feb 2016

Overview

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

Santos slides into red on weaker oil

Author: Anthony Fensom
Date: 19 Feb 2016

Santos Limited (STO) has joined its rivals in racking up red ink on the back of falling oil prices

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

Maximise your post-tax income through super

Author: Vicky Kuok
Date: 04 Mar 2016

"'In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes," said Benjamin Franklin

Reality bites as BHP ditches progressive dividend

Author: Anthony Fensom
Date: 24 Feb 2016

BHP Billiton (BHP) accepted financial reality on Tuesday by axing its progressive dividend policy and culling its senior executive team after racking up a US$5.7-billion half-year net loss

Finding growth in Asia

Author: Matthews Asia
Date: 03 Mar 2016

As investors, we tend to look for themes to guide medium to long-term asset allocations

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

No visibly encouraging signs

Author: Lesley Beath
Date: 01 Mar 2016

Overview

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

Increasingly addled

Author: Bill Gross
Date: 12 Feb 2016

Long ago and far away in the adolescent cauldron known as Los Altos High School, I attended a senior US history class with a man-child named Delos Roman

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

Difficult few weeks ahead

Author: Lesley Beath
Date: 02 Feb 2016

Overview

Emerging markets: the optimistic view

Author: Market Vectors Investments
Date: 03 Feb 2016

With all the gloom and doubt surrounding China and other emerging market economies, portfolio manager of the Van Eck Emerging Markets Equity Strategy, David Semple, remains optimistic that 2016 will end well

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

The importance of quality

Author: Arian Neiron
Date: 11 Feb 2016

"It's quality, rather than quantity, that matters." The quote may sound like a tag line from a 1950's advertisement, but surprisingly it comes from Roman Emperor Nero's tutor and adviser, Lucius Seneca.

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

Market likes what it hears with Cochlear

Author: Anthony Fensom
Date: 12 Feb 2016

Cochlear Limited (COH) shares surged by 14 per cent on Thursday after the world's biggest hearing implant maker raised its fiscal 2016 earnings guidance on stronger sales and profits

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

Expect more volatility, but some growth too

Author: Guy Bruten/Anthony Chan
Date: 08 Feb 2016

After a third quarter during which there were 13 days when the S&P 500 moved by 1.5 per cent or more, the fourth quarter saw another seven days with big equity market swings

Volatile markets rock Computershare

Author: Anthony Fensom
Date: 11 Feb 2016

Volatile financial markets have clouded the outlook for Computershare Limited (CPU) , the world's biggest share registry company, which saw its shares drop nearly 8 per cent on Wednesday despite posting higher profits

Rio Tinto dumps dividend policy

Author: Anthony Fensom
Date: 12 Feb 2016

Mining giant Rio Tinto Limited (RIO) has confirmed investors' fears by officially scrapping its progressive dividend policy, after a collapse in commodity prices cut profits in half for fiscal 2015

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