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US election 2016: Sit tight, whatever the outcome

Author: Glenn Freeman
Date: 08 Nov 2016

The most successful investment strategies are those played out over the long term--it's a common sentiment, but one that can be difficult to put into practice during periods of market volatility and events that provoke great uncertainty

ANZ reports 18pc fall in profit

Author: Nicholas Grove
Date: 03 Nov 2016

Australian and New Zealand Banking Group (ASX: ANZ) on Thursday announced an 18 per cent fall in fiscal 2016 cash profit--a preferred measure of underlying performance among the big Australian banks--to $5.9 billion, following a "reshaping" of the business

US market awakes from its slumber

Author: Lesley Beath
Date: 08 Nov 2016

The US market finally awoke from its slumber last week

Is an active or passive investment approach best for your portfolio?

Author: Glenn Freeman
Date: 12 Oct 2016

The majority of individual investors (68 per cent) have a false sense of confidence in passive investing, according to a global study of financial advisers

Has the resources cycle turned?

Author: Anthony Fensom
Date: 02 Nov 2016

Rising coal and iron ore prices have boosted confidence in the mining industry, with climbing share prices suggesting investors also have a renewed interest in the sector

Trump gets a full house but caution prevails

Author: Peter Warnes
Date: 10 Nov 2016

Donald Trump, President of the United States (POTUS)

How the next US president can impact ordinary investors

Author: Aron Szapiro
Date: 07 Nov 2016

While the next president may not find enough Congressional cooperation to tackle major initiatives such as tax reform or adjusting entitlement programs, there are many actions the president can take on his or her own, and many of these will affect ordinary investors

CBA records steady first-quarter cash earnings

Author: Nicholas Grove
Date: 08 Nov 2016

Commonwealth Bank of Australia (ASX: CBA) on Tuesday said its cash earnings before one-offs for the first quarter ended September stood at around $2.4 billion, unchanged on the same quarter in fiscal 2016

Beware of manipulated utopias

Author: Martin Conlon
Date: 09 Nov 2016

As a fan of dystopian classics such as Huxley's Brave New World and Orwell's 1984 , I find their insights into the perils of searching for a manipulated utopia alarmingly relevant to today's financial world

The victory few saw coming and its impact on markets

Author: Scott Mather
Date: 10 Nov 2016

Here's our view on what a Trump presidency and Republican Congress likely mean for markets over the near, medium and longer terms

Could a Santa Claus rally be coming to town?

Author: Nicki Bourlioufas
Date: 08 Nov 2016

Markets traditionally rally into Christmas, but looking at price levels as at 2 November, the S&P/ASX 200 was up just 2.4 per cent over the year and well off its year-high levels of 5611 in July

Westpac posts flat full-year profit of $7.82bn

Author: Nicholas Grove
Date: 07 Nov 2016

Westpac Group (ASX: WBC) on Monday reported an underlying cash profit of $7.822 billion for fiscal 2016, unchanged on the previous year and in line with consensus expectations

5 strategies to prepare for pension assets test changes

Author: Nicki Bourlioufas
Date: 27 Oct 2016

Over 300,000 Australian retirees are expected to lose their Age Pension from 1 January 2017, with the federal government dramatically lowering the value of assets pensioners can hold before they begin to lose their payments

Markets seem too quiet for comfort

Author: Lesley Beath
Date: 24 Oct 2016

Most people don't really like change, preferring the status quo; for the purpose of writing this weekly report, some change would be welcome

Don't depend on central banks for profit

Author: Tom Walker
Date: 27 Oct 2016

Equities rising, gold soaring, bond yields plunging--asset class reaction to the Brexit vote has left many investors and market commentators scratching their heads

Macquarie posts 2pc fall in half-year profit, reiterates flat guidance

Author: Nicholas Grove
Date: 28 Oct 2016

Macquarie Group (ASX: MQG) on Friday announced a net profit of $1.05 billion for the half-year ended 30 September 2016, down 2 per cent on the same half in the previous year following a fall in fee and commission income

Pre-retirement trustees have most to lose from proposed super changes

Author: Glenn Freeman
Date: 17 Oct 2016

The study used a sample of 14,351 SMSF funds provided to the SMSF Association by BGL Corporate Solutions, an SMSF software and administration provider

Going all the way with ETFs

Author: Nicki Bourlioufas
Date: 20 Oct 2016

Building a portfolio exclusively using ETFs or exchange-traded products (ETPs) is now possible, with exposure to all the major asset classes available through securities listed on the ASX, says Morningstar research analyst Alex Prineas

Will CBA continue to underperform its peers?

Author: Nicki Bourlioufas
Date: 14 Sep 2016

Analysts are divided on the outlook for the big four banks and impending changes to capital requirements has been weighing on the sector, especially the nation's biggest financial institution, the Commonwealth Bank of Australia (ASX: CBA)

Oh, inverted world

Author: Martin Conlon
Date: 28 Sep 2016

"Oh, Inverted World" may be familiar to fans of indie music as the title of The Shins debut album

Here's why this ASX energy stock presents an opportunity

Author: Nicholas Grove
Date: 10 Oct 2016

Shares of Australian upstream oil and gas explorer AWE Limited (ASX: AWE) have fallen from a peak of about 94 cents in July 2016 to around 66 cents as of 5 October 2016, a fall of close to 30 per cent.

Why you should invest in the cybersecurity sector

Author: Anthony Fensom
Date: 18 Oct 2016

The recent Census fiasco provided another reminder of the growing threat of cybercrime in Australia, which reportedly costs the nation up to $17 billion a year

India, China hold pockets of investment opportunity

Author: Romina Graiver
Date: 22 Sep 2016

The gap between emerging market economies and those of developed markets are narrowing, creating considerable opportunities for investors, according to Romina Graiver, product specialist, global and emerging markets equities, William Blair

What you need to know about listed investment companies

Author: Peter Warnes/Michael Malseed
Date: 26 Sep 2016

The older we get the less active we become

Here's why SMSF asset allocations need to change

Author: David Wanis
Date: 29 Sep 2016

As part of our team discussions around how investors can achieve the best outcomes from their portfolios, Schroders recently conducted some analysis of ATO data on SMSF portfolios--looking in particular at asset allocations

Australian market action encouraging

Author: Lesley Beath
Date: 21 Sep 2016

It was relatively quiet on the S&P 500 last week, with the index basically flat on the week

Climate change: investment risks and opportunities

Author: Richard Turnill
Date: 21 Sep 2016

A tide of new regulations to combat climate change is rising

Market Index Performance l August 2016

Author: Morningstar
Date: 19 Sep 2016

Here are the earnings season standouts and disappointments

Author: Anthony Fensom
Date: 14 Sep 2016

Amid subdued expectations, which were the biggest winners and losers? Morningstar's head of equities research, Peter Warnes, said the 2016 season "was reasonable and a little better than generally expected" under the circumstances.

Australia's wealthy population shrinks, still ATO target

Author: Nicki Bourlioufas
Date: 19 Oct 2016

Australia's ultra-high net worth (UHNW) population shrank last year as the commodities downturn eroded the wealth of the nation's richest people

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