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Investors should be wary about emerging market recovery - Adrian Lowcock

Author: Adrian Lowcock
Date: 01 Jul 2016

Emerging markets are often characterised by long periods of outperformance followed by periods of underperformance

Investors to reap Wesfarmers windfall? - Nicholas Grove

Author: Nicholas Grove
Date: 08 Apr 2014

Australian conglomerate Wesfarmers (WES) this week signalled its departure from the insurance game after announcing the sale of its insurance broking arm to the US-based Arthur J

InvoCare posts 45.8pc rise in 1H profit - Nicholas Grove

Author: Nicholas Grove
Date: 16 Aug 2016

InvoCare Limited (ASX: IVC) on Tuesday announced a 45.8 per cent rise in comparable net profit to $30 million for the half year to 30 June, after the funeral, cemetery and crematorium operator's cost management offset a lower-than-expected number of deaths

Iron ore rebounds but where to next? - Nicki Bourlioufas

Author: Nicki Bourlioufas
Date: 18 Nov 2016

The outlook for Australian miners has improved dramatically in recent weeks as iron ore and coal price have jumped, taking the share prices of the big miners higher, buoyed by the unexpected US election outcome

Is a major upside move imminent? - Lesley Beath

Author: Lesley Beath
Date: 10 Feb 2015

Overview

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

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

Is economic growth a question of culture? - Kellogg School of Management

Author: Kellogg School of Management
Date: 25 Sep 2014

As some countries' economies churn steadily -- even briskly -- over time, others' remain stagnant

Is investing in Grange good for your SMSF? - Aaron Dunn

Author: Aaron Dunn
Date: 08 May 2013

The recent release of the 2008 Penfolds Grange is being regarded as one of the best ever

Is it the season to be jolly? - Andrew Fleming

Author: Andrew Fleming
Date: 18 Dec 2013

It's beginning to feel a lot like Christmas

Is it time to buy? - Lesley Beath

Author: Lesley Beath
Date: 09 Jun 2015

Overview

Is now a good time to buy? - Lesley Beath

Author: Lesley Beath
Date: 09 Jan 2017

A lot has happened since my last report in early December

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

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

Is over-diversification a problem? - Larissa Fernand

Author: Larissa Fernand
Date: 09 Apr 2015

In the overall scheme of investor problems, over-diversification isn't the worst sin

Is the Buffett deal good for IAG investors? - Christine St Anne

Author: Christine St Anne
Date: 26 Jun 2015

Berkshire Hathaway's decision to buy a stake in Insurance Australia Group (IAG) was met with much fanfare in the media and investment community

Is the commodity supercycle dead? - Nicholas Johnson and Greg Sharenow

Author: Nicholas Johnson and Greg Sharenow
Date: 24 Sep 2013

From the late 1990s until the 2008 financial crisis, most commodities experienced double-digit annual real (that is, inflation-adjusted) price growth, a period known as the commodity "supercycle"

Is the Italian banking system insolvent? - Stephen Ellis

Author: Stephen Ellis
Date: 20 Jul 2016

With Britain's vote to leave the European Union a surprise to many investors, UK bank stocks fell, but Italian bank stocks also collapsed

Is the oil price near a low? - Lesley Beath

Author: Lesley Beath
Date: 16 Dec 2014

Overview

Is the Reserve Bank out on a limb? - Peter Warnes

Author: Peter Warnes
Date: 10 Feb 2017

The Reserve Bank left the official cash rate at 1.5 per cent following the 7 February meeting

Is the threat of inflation real? - Michael Collins

Author: Michael Collins
Date: 18 Jul 2013

The Federal Reserve judges that inflation is low enough for it to prolong its third splash of quantitative easing

Is there a right reason or not for a rights issue? - Nicki Bourlioufas

Author: Nicki Bourlioufas
Date: 05 Oct 2016

A rights or entitlement issue is a new issue of shares to a company's existing shareholders, entitling them to buy additional shares at a discount from the company in proportion to their existing holdings

Is there really a minimum viable balance for your SMSF? - Glenn Freeman

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

Is there still value in AREITs? - Christine St Anne

Author: Christine St Anne
Date: 26 Jun 2013

This time last year, Ibbotson Associations (a Morningstar company), published an upbeat assessment of the Australian real estate investment trust (AREIT) sector

Is there still value in QBE? - Christine St Anne

Author: Christine St Anne
Date: 12 Dec 2013

Last month, Morningstar head of banking research David Ellis said of QBE Insurance Group (QBE) : "New senior management still has considerable work to do to return the once well-respected global insurer to the 'must-have' position in investor portfolios." Just two weeks later and QBE reported an unexpected profit downgrade - a US$250-million loss stemming from the restructure of its poorly performing US businesses.

Is there value in the Healthscope IPO? - Christine St Anne

Author: Christine St Anne
Date: 18 Jul 2014

There has been much ado about the upcoming float of Healthscope

Is there value in the MYOB IPO? - Christine St Anne

Author: Christine St Anne
Date: 23 Apr 2015

The initial public offering (IPO) of MYOB may not have garnered the same fanfare as the much larger IPO of Medibank Private (MPL)

Is this the beginning of a corrective phase? - Lesley Beath

Author: Lesley Beath
Date: 12 Sep 2016

The US market finally awoke from its slumber last Friday

Is this the turning point for commodities? - Geoff Blanning

Author: Geoff Blanning
Date: 08 Jun 2016

But it's starting to turn following the surge in the prices of a wide variety of products since the beginning of the year

Is your self-managed super fund at risk? - Glenn Freeman

Author: Glenn Freeman
Date: 07 Jun 2016

From 1 July, the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) requires all accountants providing SMSF advice to hold either a full or limited Australian financial services license (AFSL)

It's a Xanax world - Bill Gross

Author: Bill Gross
Date: 18 Jan 2016

The Romans gave their Plebian citizens a day at the Coliseum, and the French royalty gave the Bourgeoisie a piece of figurative "cake," so it may be true to form that in the still prosperous developed economies of 2016, we provide Fantasy Sports, cellphone game apps, sexting and fast food to appease the masses

Italy braces for referendum that risks Brexit-style consequences - Michael Collins

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

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