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3 questions to ask when setting up an SMSF corporate trustee

Author: Peter Townsend
Date: 16 Dec 2016

There is no obligation on a company to appoint a company secretary

Another telco adjusts to structural shift in the sector

Author: Glenn Freeman
Date: 08 Dec 2016

This week's TPG Telecom (ASX: TPM) annual general meeting reiterated management's previous earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) outlook for fiscal 2017, but concerns about the revenue effect of NBN have increased

2017 will bring volatility and risk alongside opportunities

Author: Glenn Freeman
Date: 16 Dec 2016

The report notes that, looking to 2017, we are living in a higher-risk world.

The outlook for ETFs in 2017

Author: Nicki Bourlioufas
Date: 13 Dec 2016

As at the end of October 2016, there were 150 exchange-traded products (ETPs) listed on the Australian Securities Exchange, up from 128 a year earlier

Here's why every SMSF member needs an enduring power of attorney

Author: Brian Hor
Date: 19 Dec 2016

You may have seen news coverage earlier in 2016 about the "Women and SMSFs Report," jointly released by the Commonwealth Bank and the SMSF Association, indicating that more than half of SMSF members do not have an up-to-date will or a succession plan

Winners and losers in the Year of the Monkey

Author: Anthony Fensom
Date: 12 Dec 2016

For Australian investors, picking the right sectors in the mischievous Year of the Monkey has proven challenging, with the Year of the Rooster set to deliver its own surprises

Financials, healthcare sectors to watch while bond proxies will suffer

Author: Glenn Freeman
Date: 14 Dec 2016

The US financial and healthcare sectors are particularly attractive, while Australian equity markets are insufficiently diversified, according to BlackRock executives Belinda Boa and Steve Miller

Low-return environment highlights value in retirement risk advice

Author: Melanie Dunn
Date: 12 Dec 2016

Much has been made of late about how the current low-return environment could have long-lasting consequences, with retirees warned to prepare for future returns lower than historic averages

3 issues confronting Australian stocks

Author: Andrew Fleming
Date: 08 Dec 2016

This time of the year brings forth a multitude of "year ahead" prognostications

Healthy outlook continues for these moat-rated stocks

Author: Glenn Freeman
Date: 09 Dec 2016

The combination of Australia's ageing demographics, supportive government policies, and ever-increasing healthcare costs mean Medibank Private (ASX: MPL) and NIB (ASX: NHF) remain attractive value stocks

Market Index Performance l November 2016

Author: Morningstar
Date: 05 Dec 2016

6 top stocks for your Christmas stocking

Author: Anthony Fensom
Date: 09 Dec 2016

The Christmas bells are ringing again, and for Australian investors they have rung up a volatile 2016

This high-yield ASX industrial stock is in the green zone

Author: Nicholas Grove
Date: 30 Nov 2016

Spotless Group (ASX: SPO) , on which Morningstar equity analyst Tim Mann currently has a fair value of $1.50, and which is on an FY17 dividend yield of 7.7 per cent, is a market leader in outsourced facility and laundry management services in Australia and New Zealand

Self-managed super as attractive now as ever

Author: Glenn Freeman
Date: 29 Nov 2016

If you have a superannuation balance of $200,000--or a realistic expectation of reaching this amount within a few years--it still makes sense to establish a self-managed super fund (SMSF), according to Graeme Colley, executive manager, SMSF technical and private wealth, SuperConcepts

This telco stock is now trading at an attractive discount

Author: Glenn Freeman
Date: 05 Dec 2016

Vocus Communications' (ASX: VOC) share price slumped 23 per cent at the end of November, following management's disappointing guidance of between $205 million and $215 million in net profit after tax (NPAT) for fiscal 2017

Prospecting for greater cash returns

Author: Nicki Bourlioufas
Date: 05 Dec 2016

Following Donald Trump's election victory in the US, bond yields finally started rising across the globe after being at record low levels for a long time

Red is the new green

Author: Bill Gross
Date: 07 Dec 2016

I've got nothing against national anthems, and I wouldn't kneel even if I was Colin Kaepernick

This is why investors shouldn't be complacent

Author: Lesley Beath
Date: 29 Nov 2016

It was a "nice" week

Bonds may have sold off but don't sell out

Author: Nicki Bourlioufas
Date: 29 Nov 2016

One of the quickest trades that followed the 8 November election victory of Donald Trump was the selling out of bond funds, with investors piling into stocks as investors took on more risk with the promise of greater US growth

This ASX-listed gold stock is an attractive investment option

Author: Nicholas Grove
Date: 28 Nov 2016

Newcrest Mining (ASX: NCM) last week held an investor day in Sydney, and while nothing "earth-shattering" may have shaken loose from the presentation, it nonetheless reaffirmed Morningstar's view of the overall quality of the gold miner

Italy braces for referendum that risks Brexit-style consequences

Author: Michael Collins
Date: 22 Nov 2016

Italy's populist forces scored their biggest success so far in 2016 when candidates for the Five Star Movement were elected mayors of Rome and Turin in June

Australians largely unaware of new super cap deadline and opportunity

Author: Glenn Freeman
Date: 23 Nov 2016

A significant proportion of eligible Australians are unaware of this deadline, and don't properly understand the proposed changes in how their super assets will be taxed, according to Michael Hutton, head of wealth management, HLB Mann Judd

A scary number looming over Australian stocks

Author: Martin Conlon
Date: 24 Nov 2016

Sydney Airport (ASX: SYD) surged 89 per cent over the past three calendar years

The Trump trade: rhetoric versus reality

Author: Libby Cantrill
Date: 23 Nov 2016

Investors have generally been "risk on" since Donald Trump's victory on 8 November

Shareholder strikes on CBA, AGL and GMG shine spotlight on ESG investing

Author: Glenn Freeman
Date: 25 Nov 2016

Goodman Group (ASX: GMG) , AGL Energy (ASX: AGL) and Commonwealth Bank (ASX: CBA) were all targeted in the last quarter of 2016

What are the ATO's SMSF compliance targets for FY17?

Author: Anthony Fensom
Date: 24 Nov 2016

Fewer SMSF trustees and their funds were penalised by the ATO in fiscal 2016, with the ATO pointing to its more collaborative approach

Here's a top-rated exposure to Japanese equities

Author: Nicholas Grove
Date: 22 Nov 2016

Morningstar UK fund analyst Kenneth Lamont points out in a recent article that Japan has more to gain or lose from changes to US economic and foreign policy under a Trump presidency than most other countries

Some sectors will win but many will lose as volatility continues

Author: Glenn Freeman
Date: 24 Nov 2016

Real estate investment trusts and telcos are out, and banks are back in, according to Geoff Wilson, chairman and portfolio manager, Wilson Asset Management

Fears of a Trump dump in tech stocks are overdone

Author: Glenn Freeman
Date: 16 Nov 2016

Fears of a rout in the technology sector are overdone, according to Morningstar equity analyst Gareth James

Are infrastructure stocks a good buy right now?

Author: Glenn Freeman
Date: 15 Nov 2016

The defensive, bond-like characteristics of infrastructure stocks have appealed to both institutional and retail investors in recent years, drawn by their income potential relative to low fixed-income yields

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