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Higher prices power AGL profit

Author: Anthony Fensom
Date: 10 Feb 2017

The profit gain was helped by the removal of $656 million of impairments and restructuring costs in the previous half year in relation to its natural gas assets, along with a change in the value of financial instruments

ASX correction may have further to run

Author: Lesley Beath
Date: 06 Feb 2017

My school motto was "facta non verba" (deeds not words) and I think of that quite a lot--in regard to many things

Trump executive orders, US ructions to have muted Aussie equities impact

Author: Glenn Freeman
Date: 08 Feb 2017

As Donald Trump's presidency nears the 30-day mark, amid persistent uncertainty and volatility in financial markets, an attempt to reverse the Dodd-Frank financial reforms could be next on the already long list of executive orders

CIMIC's 2016 profit, dividends beat forecast

Author: Nicholas Grove
Date: 08 Feb 2017

CIMIC Group (ASX: CIM) on Wednesday announced a net profit for 2016 of $580.3 million, up 11.5 per cent on 2015, at the top end of company guidance, and ahead of Morningstar's forecast for a profit of $575.9 million

Happiness runs

Author: Bill Gross
Date: 09 Feb 2017

The three grand essentials of happiness are: something to do, someone to love, and something to hope for

AMP unveils big loss as insurance takes toll

Author: Nicki Bourlioufas
Date: 09 Feb 2017

AMP's underlying profit dived to $486 million, down from a $1.1 billion profit a year earlier

Suncorp posts profit as bank, insurance earnings rise

Author: Nicki Bourlioufas
Date: 09 Feb 2017

The company's revenue rose 10.8 per cent to $8.64 billion for the half year to 31 December, compared to the same period a year earlier

NAB's 1Q cash profit dips 1pc after costs rise

Author: Nicholas Grove
Date: 06 Feb 2017

National Australia Bank (ASX: NAB) on Monday announced a first-quarter underlying cash profit of $1.6 billion, down 1 per cent on the same quarter in the previous financial year, after an increase in redundancy costs impacted the bottom line

What Trump's protectionism means for Australian investors

Author: Anthony Fensom
Date: 07 Feb 2017

US President Donald Trump's pledge to "fight for free trade" has sparked concerns over a global retreat to protectionism

China crisis still a possibility

Author: Manuela Badawy
Date: 08 Feb 2017

This time last year, China was grabbing headlines due to a precipitous drop in its stock market and heightened volatility of its currency

News Corp reports 16pc earnings bump, 2pc revenue slide

Author: Glenn Freeman
Date: 10 Feb 2017

News Corporation's (ASX: NWS) earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) increased 16 per cent in the three months to December 2016 to $325 million, up from $280 million in the prior corresponding period

Focus on the facts, not the froth

Author: Peter Warnes
Date: 13 Jan 2017

While 2016 saw most global stock-market indices recording useful gains, some investors would have struggled to match, let alone exceed, market returns

Is there really a minimum viable balance for your SMSF?

Author: Glenn Freeman
Date: 02 Feb 2017

A detailed statistical analysis of more than 20,000 SMSFs between 2008 and 2015 showed clear correlations between fund balances, asset diversification, cost-effectiveness, and performance

Are these active ETFs worth adding to your portfolio?

Author: Glenn Freeman
Date: 01 Feb 2017

The Australian ETF market had another year of rapid growth, expanding to $25.4 billion in 2016, from $21 billion in 2015

5 small-cap stocks that topped our return charts in 2016

Author: Glenn Freeman
Date: 31 Jan 2017

These five companies delivered top total return figures among Morningstar's small-cap segment of stocks under coverage in 2016

What you need to know about absolute return funds

Author: Glenn Freeman
Date: 10 Jan 2017

"I've never heard of a fund manager not wanting to generate an absolute return--you don't hear of a negative return fund

Disrupters rule the world; Reporting season underway

Author: Peter Warnes
Date: 03 Feb 2017

With the stroke of the pen on an executive order, President Donald J

The good, the bad and the ugly in emerging markets

Author: Alex Duffy
Date: 30 Jan 2017

The list of issues to worry about is a long one: exchange rates, interest rates, growth rates, political uncertainty--my developed market peers have a lot on their plate! If nothing else, 2016 reminded markets that the issues above are not just the preserve of emerging markets

Is now a good time to buy?

Author: Lesley Beath
Date: 09 Jan 2017

A lot has happened since my last report in early December

Market Index Performance l December 2016

Author: Morningstar
Date: 06 Jan 2017

The real stock market villain

Author: John Rekenthaler
Date: 31 Jan 2017

Michael Lewis' 2014 treatise on high-frequency trading, Flash Boys , generated enormous attention

Key takeaways from PIMCO's cyclical outlook

Author: Joachim Fels
Date: 11 Jan 2017

As co-author Andrew Balls and I noted, the only certainty in our view is that the "tails" in the distribution of potential macro outcomes have become fatter--that is, more extreme scenarios, which usually have a low probability of taking place, have become more likely

What turnaround for Woolworths?

Author: Nicki Bourlioufas
Date: 24 Jan 2017

According to one expert, the turnaround that many shareholders had hoped for isn't likely to happen

The world awaits Trump

Author: Peter Warnes
Date: 20 Jan 2017

The world awaits the inauguration of the 45th President of the United States of America on 20 January

James Hardie reports softer 3Q, flags modest FY17 downgrade

Author: Glenn Freeman
Date: 03 Feb 2017

Building materials and cement company James Hardie Industries (ASX: JHX) has reported US$52.6 million in adjusted net profits for the third quarter of fiscal 2017, down 6 per cent from $55.8 million in the previous corresponding quarter

Can an SMSF member still bring forward their non-concessional cap?

Author: Julie Hartley
Date: 25 Jan 2017

The legislation not only introduces eligibility requirements, it also requires members to meet further criteria at the beginning of each year making up their bring-forward period before being able to use any shortfall from a previous year in that bring-forward period

These 5 stocks led large-cap share price growth in 2016

Author: Glenn Freeman
Date: 09 Jan 2017

The top four are mining businesses, with the fifth a global steelmaker

Aurizon, Iluka announce write-downs

Author: Nicholas Grove
Date: 31 Jan 2017

Australia's biggest rail freight operator Aurizon Holdings (ASX: AZJ) and mineral sands miner Iluka Resources (ASX: ILU) announced hundreds of millions of dollars in write-downs on Tuesday, ahead of the upcoming local corporate earnings season

Why look for value rather than growth in China?

Author: Jing Ning
Date: 01 Feb 2017

The general perception surrounding China is that it is an ideal market to search for growth

Asia valuations cheap relative to western markets

Author: Fidelity International
Date: 05 Jan 2017

2016 was an eventful year for Asia as markets were once more subject to the vagaries of shifting opinions.

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