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Why it may be time to sit on the sidelines

Author: Lesley Beath
Date: 04 Oct 2016

There's not a huge amount to report on this week but let's jump in and see what is happening in the US and the major European markets

Telco shares tumble as competition intensifies

Author: Nicki Bourlioufas
Date: 28 Sep 2016

TPG Telecom (ASX: TPM) shares have tumbled recently as competition ramps up in the broadband market, and Vocus Communications (ASX: VOC) and Telstra (ASX: TLS) are suffering too as margins come under pressure with the rollout of the National Broadband Network (NBN)

Footy finals fever: 2 gaming stocks may be worth a punt

Author: Glenn Freeman
Date: 30 Sep 2016

With the AFL and Rugby League grand finals run and done for another year--with the Sharks extinguishing the Storm and the Bulldogs mauling the Swans in--it's worth considering the companies behind Australia's lucrative sports betting market

Comeback kid: emerging markets

Author: Claire Dwyer
Date: 30 Sep 2016

"Lower for longer" interest rates looking increasingly like "lower forever" have been a clear driver of flows into the asset class, but a recovery in oil prices and attractive relative valuations are helping too

Are LICs all they're cracked up to be?

Author: Glenn Freeman
Date: 29 Sep 2016

These ASX-traded investment vehicles are enjoying something of a renaissance, offering growth and income, diversification and reasonable liquidity--and they aren't ETFs

Why you should consider investing in mid-cap stocks

Author: Arian Neiron
Date: 04 Oct 2016

Australia's mid-cap sector has outperformed large-cap and small-cap stocks over the past 15 years, but despite this strong performance, the mid-cap sector has been largely ignored

Market Index Performance l September 2016

Author: Morningstar
Date: 19 Oct 2016

What to do and what to avoid 10 years from retirement

Author: Andrew Zbik
Date: 16 Sep 2016

The average superannuation balance for Australians aged 45-54 is $151,500 for males and $90,800 for females

Retirement planning: Yes, you can be too conservative

Author: Christine Benz
Date: 13 Sep 2016

When it comes to retirement planning, "hope for the best, plan for the worst" is a reasonable motto

2 retail stocks display contrasting fortunes in threatened sector

Author: Glenn Freeman
Date: 16 Sep 2016

The recent acquisition of Good Guys by JB Hi-Fi (ASX: JBH) has shaken up Australia's highly competitive retail sector, particularly the household goods segment

Are mutual wills a silver bullet for step-family estate planning?

Author: Brian Hor
Date: 19 Sep 2016

A step-family is "a couple family containing one or more children, at least one of whom is the step-child of one of the partners in the couple, and none of whom is the natural or adopted child of both members of the couple," according to The Australian Institute of Family Studies

Here's why gold stocks can play a valuable role in your portfolio

Author: Nicki Bourlioufas
Date: 21 Sep 2016

The outlook for the gold sector is rosier now than it has been in recent years

SMSF trustees need to go global, says head of Magellan

Author: Glenn Freeman
Date: 15 Sep 2016

"SMSFs and self-directed investors generally are dramatically underweight global equity

Why China's debt-fuelled economic expansion can't keep happening

Author: Michael Collins
Date: 23 Sep 2016

The People's Daily is the Communist Party of China's flagship media outlet

Here's the right way to help out your kids

Author: Brian Hor
Date: 12 Sep 2016

We all know that life's pretty expensive living in Australia these days--especially if you have a hankering for buying residential real estate in a capital city

Why blockchain has got promise

Author: James Hickling
Date: 22 Sep 2016

Three years ago, a little-known digital currency called Bitcoin erupted on a bull-market run that boosted its value from around US$15 (A$20) a coin to just under US$1,000 in 12 months

Why this could be the calm before the US market storm

Author: Lesley Beath
Date: 29 Aug 2016

It was another week of quiet action in the US equity market

Amcor lifts full-year profit, dividend

Author: Nicholas Grove
Date: 25 Aug 2016

Statutory net profit, which included a previously announced accounting charge related to Amcor's Venezuelan business, was down 64.1 per cent to US$244.1 million

How I found my golf game but lost my wife to a Titleist

Author: Bill Gross
Date: 06 Sep 2016

So what part of the title do you want to hear first? Well, I'm just funnin' you on the latter, but finding your golf game at 72? Well, that's serious business and nothing to joke about

Large and small-cap performance may converge

Author: Nicki Bourlioufas
Date: 07 Sep 2016

Australian large capitalisation stocks have struggled through 2016 following a bad year in 2015, and some experts believe that underperformance could diminish into 2017

Is now a good time to consider boosting your emerging market exposure?

Author: Glenn Freeman
Date: 07 Sep 2016

When deciding whether or not to dip into emerging market funds, timing actually means very little, according to Jeff Johnson, head of investment strategy at index fund manager Vanguard

Mayne's bumper profit reaps benefit of US acquisition

Author: Glenn Freeman
Date: 26 Aug 2016

The strong performance in the US by its $855-million Doryx acquisition, made in February 2015, was a key contributor to this result, as was the launch of generic drug Dofetilide

Woolworths posts $1.2bn loss, cuts dividend

Author: Nicholas Grove
Date: 25 Aug 2016

Woolworths' (ASX: WOW) net profit from ongoing operations and before one-off items for fiscal 2016 fell 39.2 per cent to $1.558 billion, following a year of "unprecedented change" for the retail giant

Could the Aussie banks outperform?

Author: Lesley Beath
Date: 06 Sep 2016

As far as global equity markets are concerned, Australia took the wooden spoon last week

When the going gets tough, go exotic

Author: AllianceBernstein
Date: 07 Sep 2016

Whether investing globally--or with a particular regional focus, such as Asia, or sector focus, such as emerging markets (EM)--investors can benefit from taking both a top-down and bottom-up view of portfolio construction

Top Aussie stocks in infrastructure, education and agriculture

Author: Glenn Freeman
Date: 08 Sep 2016

Wilson believes domestic stocks are often taken for granted because Australian companies "are liquid and they are well governed"

Ramsay announces $481m profit and new pharmacy venture

Author: Glenn Freeman
Date: 30 Aug 2016

Australia's largest private hospital operator Ramsay Health Care (ASX: RHC) on Tuesday reported core net profit after tax (NPAT) of $481.4 million for fiscal 2016, up 17 per cent from $412.1 million in fiscal 2015

Earnings head south for South32

Author: Anthony Fensom
Date: 26 Aug 2016

Hit by an average 21 per cent price reduction for its commodities, particularly aluminium and alumina, revenue dropped by 25 per cent to US$5.8 billion, with the company warning of continued tough times

QBE's 1H cash profit falls but dividend increases

Author: Nicholas Grove
Date: 17 Aug 2016

QBE Insurance (ASX: QBE) on Wednesday announced a 39 per cent fall in cash profit to US$287 million for the half year ended 30 June 2016, but managed to raise its dividend by 5 per cent as strong cash generation offset the effects of challenging economic conditions

Oil Search profit falls 89pc on energy price slide

Author: Nicholas Grove
Date: 23 Aug 2016

Oil Search's (ASX: OSH) net profit for the first half of 2016 fell 89 per cent from the same period in 2015 to US$25.6 million, after cost-cutting initiatives were unable to offset significant falls in commodity prices

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