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Articles from: Fixed income: Defensive but flexible - 21 Apr 2016 to Trouble ahead: What's next for the Chinese economy? - 22 Mar 2016

Fixed income: Defensive but flexible - 21 Apr 2016

Author: Stuart Dear
Date: 21 Apr 2016

Markets endured a dramatic round-trip over the quarter, revealing the inherent volatility of an unstable relationship between markets and central banks

Move into riskier assets may be inevitable - 20 Apr 2016

Author: Nicki Bourlioufas
Date: 20 Apr 2016

Australian investors are facing headwinds on many fronts and the need to work for longer combined with volatile markets is putting even more pressure on retirement savings, which could push some investors, including superannuation funds, into riskier assets

ATO releases superannuation thresholds - 20 Apr 2016

Author: SUPERCentral
Date: 20 Apr 2016

The good news is that two thresholds have increased

Waiting for some clear signals - 19 Apr 2016

Author: Lesley Beath
Date: 19 Apr 2016


The Federal Reserve's wager on inflation - 19 Apr 2016

Author: Michael Collins
Date: 19 Apr 2016

Four times a year the Federal Reserve releases a "summary of economic projections," which gathers predictions from its 17 policy-setting board members including their forecasts for the federal funds or US cash rate

Can SMSF collectables rules be bypassed? - 18 Apr 2016

Author: SUPERCentral
Date: 18 Apr 2016

What is the deadline? While superannuation funds can (if so permitted by the relevant trust deed or governing rules) invest in collectables and personal use assets--simply referred to as "collectables"--significant changes were introduced from 1 July 2011.

Best avoid landmines - 15 Apr 2016

Author: Simon Doyle
Date: 15 Apr 2016

The first three months of 2016 were characterised by heightened volatility across asset markets with sharp falls in risk asset prices in January and early February reversed in late February and March

Market Index Performance l March 2016 - 14 Apr 2016

Author: Morningstar
Date: 14 Apr 2016

Challenges remain for Asia's economies - 14 Apr 2016

Author: PIMCO
Date: 14 Apr 2016

Q: What is PIMCO's outlook for growth in China? Spajic : The economic challenges China faces have never been more pressing, and in light of these, we think official GDP growth is likely to end up in the range of 5.5 per cent to 6.5 per cent this year, versus the target of 6.5 per cent.

Chinese regulations present new obstacle for Aussie exporters - 14 Apr 2016

Author: Glenn Freeman
Date: 14 Apr 2016

Australian investors are likely to see some negative effects from the Chinese government's new rules on cross-border e-commerce (CBEC) transactions, at least over the short term

Motley lot ignites diversity - 13 Apr 2016

Author: Andrew Fleming
Date: 13 Apr 2016

At last, some diversity

Asian equities: Play the long game - 13 Apr 2016

Author: Anthony Fensom
Date: 13 Apr 2016

Asian stocks have had a poor start to 2016, with slowing growth in China and capital flight from emerging markets weighing on valuations

LICs facing stiff competition - 12 Apr 2016

Author: Nicki Bourlioufas
Date: 12 Apr 2016

Some listed investment companies (LICs) can offer the best of both worlds--lower costs compared to traditional managed funds while at the same time being actively managed, offering the potential to outperform benchmark indices and rival exchange-traded funds (ETFs)

ATO's LRBA guidelines: A safe harbour? - 12 Apr 2016

Author: Michael Hallinan
Date: 12 Apr 2016

The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) has issued its Practical Compliance Guidelines as to what constitutes a "safe harbour" for related party limited recourse borrowing arrangement (LRBAs)

Practical approach to small pension underpayments - 11 Apr 2016

Author: Melanie Dunn
Date: 11 Apr 2016

Where a pension does not meet the minimum pension standards in the SIS Regulations the pension interest will cease at 1 July of that year

Will it be a hard or soft landing for China? - 08 Apr 2016

Author: Western Asset
Date: 08 Apr 2016

Executive summary • We are expecting China's headline GDP growth to decelerate to 5 per cent to 6 per cent over the next few years as the economy makes a structural transition away from low-end manufacturing towards services and the information technology sector.

Australian wealth jumps, property holdings huge - 07 Apr 2016

Author: Nicki Bourlioufas
Date: 07 Apr 2016

Australian wealth topped fresh levels in the December 2015 quarter, but with most wealth held in property, a property correction combined with higher interest rates could hit households hard

Buying the biotech innovation boom - 06 Apr 2016

Author: Anthony Fensom
Date: 06 Apr 2016

Biotechnology may have suffered the slings and arrows of regulatory fortune in recent times, but there are still gains to be made by investors willing to take a longer-term punt on the "innovation boom"

Global markets at important juncture - 05 Apr 2016

Author: Lesley Beath
Date: 05 Apr 2016


Trustees: Don't breach your obligations - 05 Apr 2016

Author: Julie Hartley
Date: 05 Apr 2016

Being in control of a superannuation fund does not come without responsibilities or obligations and the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) is now able to hit trustees where it hurts the most (their wallet!) if they forget this

An ugly deleveraging - 04 Apr 2016

Author: Andrew Bosomworth
Date: 04 Apr 2016

Here's a critical question for investors in Europe: Can the European Central Bank (ECB) orchestrate a beautiful deleveraging? It is clear that bail-ins and haircuts are likely to play a larger role going forward in reducing unsustainable debt burdens

Deflation haunts global equities - 01 Apr 2016

Author: Anthony Fensom
Date: 01 Apr 2016

Negative interest rates in Japan and Europe have added to concerns over whether the monetary authorities still have the financial firepower to slay the feared demon of deflation

Zeno's paradox - 01 Apr 2016

Author: Bill Gross
Date: 01 Apr 2016

I once wrote that a good "bond manager" should metaphorically be composed of one-third mathematician, one-third economist and one-third horse trader

Oil stocks are up but for how long? - 31 Mar 2016

Author: Nicki Bourlioufas
Date: 31 Mar 2016

Oil prices have recovered by almost 50 per cent in two months, with the reversal of oil's fortunes raising hopes that the severe price rout is over

Battle of the giants - 31 Mar 2016

Author: Julie Hartley
Date: 31 Mar 2016

Binding death benefit nominations and reversionary pensions are two means available to members of a self-managed superannuation fund (SMSF) to select who is to receive their death benefit

The investment outperforming gold bullion - 29 Mar 2016

Author: Arian Neiron
Date: 29 Mar 2016

The resurgence of interest in gold bullion and its price rise over the past two months caught many investors by surprise

Gold's glittering returns lure investors - 24 Mar 2016

Author: Anthony Fensom
Date: 24 Mar 2016

Gold is glittering again for investors, with the yellow metal's recent price rise giving ASX-listed miners a radiant glow

The importance of binding nominations - 24 Mar 2016

Author: Brian Hor
Date: 24 Mar 2016

When thinking about estate planning for your super death benefits, Brian Hor, special counsel, superannuation and estate planning with Townsends Business & Corporate Lawyers, stresses that it is absolutely crucial to put into place a valid binding death benefit nomination to provide certainty regarding how your death benefits will be paid--especially where there is any potential for a conflict of interest to arise between your intended beneficiaries

Why are SMSF trust deeds still so important? - 23 Mar 2016

Author: Peter Townsend
Date: 23 Mar 2016

The laws of the main eastern states of Australia prevent a "deed" from existing electronically and therefore prevent it from being signed electronically

Trouble ahead: What's next for the Chinese economy? - 22 Mar 2016

Author: Knowledge@Wharton
Date: 22 Mar 2016

China's economy continues its decline, as reports earlier this month revealed that exports had their biggest monthly drop since May 2009

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