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Tabcorp lifts underlying half-year profit, pays 12.5c dividend

Author: Nicholas Grove
Date: 02 Feb 2017

Underlying earnings before interest, tax, depreciation, and amortisation (EBITDA) rose 1.7 per cent to $270.4 million, while earnings per share (EPS) before one-offs rose 5.1 per cent to 12.3 cents a share

Banks to weather rising bond yields

Author: Nicki Bourlioufas
Date: 03 Feb 2017

While their funding costs are rising modestly, the major banks have the flexibility to raise interest rates on home loans to protect their income and profit margins, according to analysts

The smart-beta ETF revolution

Author: Arian Neiron
Date: 25 Jan 2017

In 2017, smart-beta investing will continue to gain momentum

Has the Australian market pullback ended?

Author: Lesley Beath
Date: 30 Jan 2017

The Dow Jones Industrial Index finally conquered the psychological 20,000 level last week

6 stocks to watch in 2017

Author: Glenn Freeman
Date: 12 Jan 2017

Mining services is a catch-all term Morningstar uses to describe a collection of companies performing a vast array of different activities

Thank you and best wishes for the New Year

Author: Peter Warnes
Date: 06 Jan 2017

The dawning of 2017 sees the curtain fall on one of the most tumultuous years for global financial markets

Are SMSFs causing a property bubble?

Author: Andrew Zbik
Date: 27 Jan 2017

I recently watched another report on the TV claiming that the ability of self-managed superannuation funds to purchase residential investment property is causing a property bubble in Australia by using limited recourse borrowing arrangements (LRBAs) (or borrowed money)

Opportunities in quality credit, specialty finance and mortgages

Author: Mark Kiesel
Date: 09 Jan 2017

The global economy is going through significant change, as Donald Trump's incoming administration and shifts in public sentiment in other major economies create potential for new opportunities and risks

How might 2017 turn out for investors?

Author: Simon Doyle
Date: 23 Jan 2017

While 2016 was generally a positive year for investors, politics and economics have provided some big surprises and highlighted how intertwined politics and economics have become

Bond market down but not out despite hitting 30-year low

Author: Glenn Freeman
Date: 25 Jan 2017

The declining value of fixed-income portfolios through the final quarter of 2016 was a sharp contrast to the buoyant returns equity investors enjoyed--somewhat unexpectedly--over the same period

Now the real game begins

Author: Peter Warnes
Date: 27 Jan 2017

Following Donald Trump's inauguration, I believe global financial markets will struggle to find a definitive direction for some months

Why SMSFs should start preparing for 30 June now

Author: Anthony Fensom
Date: 24 Jan 2017

SMSF trustees had a busy 2016, with a raft of government changes and policy flip-flops keeping the industry on its toes

No shortage of knock-out punches for markets in 2017

Author: Glenn Freeman
Date: 24 Jan 2017

Five key events shaped the global macroeconomic landscape in 2016, with the victory of President-elect Trump and Brexit topping the list

2017 shapes as pivotal year for Eurozone

Author: Michael Collins
Date: 24 Jan 2017

In November 2009, Greece ignited the Eurozone debt crisis when the incoming socialist government revealed the previous conservative regime had lied about government finances to the extent that the true budget deficit was 13 per cent of GDP, not 4 per cent

Don't bet on resources moving higher

Author: Lesley Beath
Date: 23 Jan 2017

Last week brought no resolutions as far as the resource side of the markets were concerned

The lure of offshore investing

Author: Nicki Bourlioufas
Date: 16 Jan 2017

It's now easier than ever for Australians to access international investments, and the official data shows we're sending investment money offshore as investors diversify their portfolios and take advantage of growth opportunities not available at home

Will the Year of the Rooster crow for Australian investors?

Author: Anthony Fensom
Date: 18 Jan 2017

The past Year of the Monkey was a mixed one for investors, with shocks such as Brexit and the US presidential poll keeping markets on edge while the domestic economy weakened

The US economy in 2017: Why uncertainty is the biggest risk

Author: Knowledge@Wharton
Date: 17 Jan 2017

As the Trump Administration settles in to the Oval Office in late January, one of its foremost objectives should be to provide clarity on its policies, according to Patrick Harker, president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia who was formerly dean of Wharton and president of the University of Delaware

4 stocks to watch amid pre-Trump jitters

Author: Glenn Freeman
Date: 17 Jan 2017

After something of a purple patch in the first half of fiscal 2017, several Australian healthcare companies face challenges on various fronts, including President-elect Donald Trump's policy uncertainty and internal board ructions on the home front

Here's how CBA shares could crack $100

Author: Nicki Bourlioufas
Date: 19 Jan 2017

Bank shares have had a strong run this month, but analysts are mixed on whether the nation's biggest, the Commonwealth Bank of Australia (ASX: CBA) , could strike $100 this year after an attempt was made almost two years ago

Fund manager bullish on 3 sectors in five-year outlook

Author: Glenn Freeman
Date: 16 Jan 2017

Reece Birtles, who heads up Legg Mason's Australian operation, ignores the noise around the imminent inauguration of Donald Trump as President of the United States, focusing instead on the five-year market outlook

Bond investors: Diversify or lose cash, says JPMorgan

Author: Bill Eigen
Date: 17 Jan 2017

Nowhere is this truer than in fixed income right now, and I hope that investors diversify before it's too late

Wait for market to show its hand

Author: Lesley Beath
Date: 16 Jan 2017

Last week was a mixed one for global equity markets: some up, some down

What is a fixed trust and why do you need to know?

Author: Michael Hallinan
Date: 18 Jan 2017

Whether a trust is a fixed trust or not has significant taxation implications

Echoes from Africa

Author: Bill Gross
Date: 12 Jan 2017

"If I sang a song about Africa/Of the spotted giraffe, the hyena's laugh/Of the fiery sun rising to meet the day/With a stillness belying the lion's evening meal/Would Africa sing a song about me?" "If I remembered a time once in Africa/Bride at my shoulder, chasing a leopard's shadow/With human eyes and Nikon shutters wide apart/Invading the solitude of blackened ancestors/Would Africa remember a time once with me?

Finding the long shots

Author: Martin Conlon
Date: 13 Jan 2017

A year for the underdogs! The Western Bulldogs, the Cronulla Sharks, Leicester City, the Chicago Cubs, Donald Trump, Brexit; it was a good year for the bookies and tough for those backing favourites

This stock's growth trajectory may be off the chain

Author: Glenn Freeman
Date: 12 Jan 2017

The transaction reinforces the attractive fundamentals of the animal healthcare industry in developed markets, and bodes well for the integrated pet-care business model of Greencross (ASX: GXL)

Quantifying the impact of assets test changes on your retirement

Author: Accurium
Date: 10 Jan 2017

It is also important for all retirees to review their spending plans in light of how these changes impact their retirement over the longer term

Why ANZ's sale of SRCB stake makes sense

Author: Nicholas Grove
Date: 04 Jan 2017

On Tuesday, the bank announced it had agreed to sell its 20 per cent stake in SRCB to China COSCO Shipping Corporation Limited and Shanghai Sino-Poland Enterprise Management Development Corporation Limited for $1.8 billion

How fake news can warp financial markets

Author: Glenn Freeman
Date: 29 Dec 2016

The cacophony of "noise" that distracts investors and threatens to veer them off course has been acknowledged for some time--a by-product of the information age and digital era in which we now live .

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