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Best avoid landmines

Author: Simon Doyle
Date: 15 Apr 2016

The first three months of 2016 were characterised by heightened volatility across asset markets with sharp falls in risk asset prices in January and early February reversed in late February and March

Chinese regulations present new obstacle for Aussie exporters

Author: Glenn Freeman
Date: 14 Apr 2016

Australian investors are likely to see some negative effects from the Chinese government's new rules on cross-border e-commerce (CBEC) transactions, at least over the short term

Buying the biotech innovation boom

Author: Anthony Fensom
Date: 06 Apr 2016

Biotechnology may have suffered the slings and arrows of regulatory fortune in recent times, but there are still gains to be made by investors willing to take a longer-term punt on the "innovation boom"

Global markets at important juncture

Author: Lesley Beath
Date: 05 Apr 2016

Overview

Trustees: Don't breach your obligations

Author: Julie Hartley
Date: 05 Apr 2016

Being in control of a superannuation fund does not come without responsibilities or obligations and the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) is now able to hit trustees where it hurts the most (their wallet!) if they forget this

Oil stocks are up but for how long?

Author: Nicki Bourlioufas
Date: 31 Mar 2016

Oil prices have recovered by almost 50 per cent in two months, with the reversal of oil's fortunes raising hopes that the severe price rout is over

Battle of the giants

Author: Julie Hartley
Date: 31 Mar 2016

Binding death benefit nominations and reversionary pensions are two means available to members of a self-managed superannuation fund (SMSF) to select who is to receive their death benefit

An ugly deleveraging

Author: Andrew Bosomworth
Date: 04 Apr 2016

Here's a critical question for investors in Europe: Can the European Central Bank (ECB) orchestrate a beautiful deleveraging? It is clear that bail-ins and haircuts are likely to play a larger role going forward in reducing unsustainable debt burdens

Slightly more benign prognosis

Author: Simon Doyle
Date: 21 Mar 2016

The uncertainty inherent in global markets was apparent in February with the "risk-off" trade that characterised the start of the month, reversing towards month end

Gold's glittering returns lure investors

Author: Anthony Fensom
Date: 24 Mar 2016

Gold is glittering again for investors, with the yellow metal's recent price rise giving ASX-listed miners a radiant glow

Hedging currency risk more popular on lower dollar

Author: Nicki Bourlioufas
Date: 21 Mar 2016

If you're planning to invest in offshore assets, then the decision about whether or not to hedge your currency exposure is an important one as movements in the Australian dollar can either erode or add value to your investment

The importance of binding nominations

Author: Brian Hor
Date: 24 Mar 2016

When thinking about estate planning for your super death benefits, Brian Hor, special counsel, superannuation and estate planning with Townsends Business & Corporate Lawyers, stresses that it is absolutely crucial to put into place a valid binding death benefit nomination to provide certainty regarding how your death benefits will be paid--especially where there is any potential for a conflict of interest to arise between your intended beneficiaries

Australian dividends: The gift that keeps on giving

Author: Anthony Fensom
Date: 18 Mar 2016

The big miners may have slashed their dividends, but for Australian share investors the local market still offers attractive income returns despite recent volatility

Hedge funds outperform, but who's listening?

Author: Nicki Bourlioufas
Date: 11 Mar 2016

Hedge funds got a bad rap in the press in the years that followed the global financial crisis (GFC) and many Australian investors have steered clear of them

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

Trouble ahead: What's next for the Chinese economy?

Author: Knowledge@Wharton
Date: 22 Mar 2016

China's economy continues its decline, as reports earlier this month revealed that exports had their biggest monthly drop since May 2009

Key compliance risk for SMSFs in 2016? Pensions!

Author: Melanie Dunn
Date: 10 Mar 2016

Are SMSF assets too defensive?

Author: Nicki Bourlioufas
Date: 14 Mar 2016

The assets of self-managed superannuation funds (SMSF) jumped in the December quarter of 2015, spurred on by a strong rise in values of their equities

What will China look like in 2025?

Author: Daniel Rohr
Date: 10 Mar 2016

China's faltering economy has sent shivers through the global markets in 2016, and for good reason

Odds favour bears victory

Author: Lesley Beath
Date: 22 Mar 2016

Overview

Looking for nirvana

Author: Matthew Booker
Date: 18 Mar 2016

For those lacking a long-term investment horizon, recent market volatility is probably a frightening experience given the relative calm since the GFC--has it really been eight years? With momentum trades under pressure, valuation is becoming of greater importance as is the sustainability of cash flows and balance sheet strength.

Sunshine, lollipops and ...

Author: Bill Gross
Date: 14 Mar 2016

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

Why are SMSF trust deeds still so important?

Author: Peter Townsend
Date: 23 Mar 2016

The laws of the main eastern states of Australia prevent a "deed" from existing electronically and therefore prevent it from being signed electronically

Woolworths' profit falls 33pc, appoints new boss

Author: Nicholas Grove
Date: 26 Feb 2016

Woolworths (WOW) on Friday announced a 33.1 per cent fall in net profit before one-off items to $925.8 million for the half year ended 3 January 2016

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.

Sit back and wait for the signal

Author: Lesley Beath
Date: 14 Mar 2016

Overview

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

Tech sell-off doesn't alter strong outlook

Author: Nicki Bourlioufas
Date: 22 Feb 2016

Technology stocks have sold heavily in the US in recent times and this could represent a good opportunity to buy undervalued stocks or diversify portfolios with exposure to global technology shares, according to some analysts

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

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