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Articles from: 5 portfolio construction mistakes - 24 Dec 2014 to Aristocrat lifts profit 10pc to $118m - 25 Nov 2014

5 portfolio construction mistakes - 24 Dec 2014

Author: Larissa Fernand
Date: 24 Dec 2014

1) Confusing asset allocation with diversification Investors tend to use the terms interchangeably

Tips to avoid an ATO audit breach - 23 Dec 2014

Author: Michael Hallinan
Date: 23 Dec 2014

An auditor contravention report (ACR) may never happen for your fund, but wouldn't it be nice to be prepared just in case? Around 11,000 ACRs were issued in the last financial year (2013-14)

Could Germany break up the euro? - 22 Dec 2014

Author: Jeremy Beckwith
Date: 22 Dec 2014

Within the eurozone, Germany is coming under increasing pressure to approve and adopt policies designed to stimulate the eurozone economy

4 shares for Christmas stockings - 19 Dec 2014

Author: Christine St Anne
Date: 19 Dec 2014

Retailers still face a challenging market amid the ongoing Christmas shopping period

Young remain financially conservative - 18 Dec 2014

Author: Geoff Davey
Date: 18 Dec 2014

Millennials have been thought to behave more conservatively when it comes to their finances compared to older generations

Oil's slide and investing conditions - 18 Dec 2014

Author: Jeremy Glaser
Date: 18 Dec 2014

On what has been the biggest driver in the slide in oil prices ..

Targeted estate-planning strategies - 17 Dec 2014

Author: Christine St Anne
Date: 17 Dec 2014

As former Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser once said: "Life wasn't meant to be easy." And life certainly isn't easy when it comes to many families

Make sure you SuperStream, not SuperScream - 16 Dec 2014

Author: Graeme Colley
Date: 16 Dec 2014

Do you have a self-managed superannuation fund (SMSF) that receives contributions from an employer with more than 20 employees? If you do, then the SuperStream changes may have an impact now

Is the oil price near a low? - 16 Dec 2014

Author: Lesley Beath
Date: 16 Dec 2014


The ECB's shifting regimes - 15 Dec 2014

Author: Andrew Bosomworth
Date: 15 Dec 2014

The European Central Bank (ECB) is likely to commence a broad-based asset-purchase programme, that is, quantitative easing (QE), in the first quarter of 2015

3 bank myths debunked - 12 Dec 2014

Author: Christine St Anne
Date: 12 Dec 2014

The lessons behind the classic fable Chicken Little could easily have been applied to media reporting in the lead-up to the Financial Services Inquiry (FSI)

Another hit to SMSFs? - 11 Dec 2014

Author: Christine St Anne
Date: 11 Dec 2014

Self-managed superannuation fund (SMSF) trustees face two big challenges following the release of this week's Financial System Inquiry (FSI) report

5 golden stock picks revealed - 10 Dec 2014

Author: Nicholas Grove
Date: 10 Dec 2014

Investment strategies with Morningstar Analyst Ratings of Gold, Silver, or Bronze carry the prestige of being labelled a "Morningstar Medallist"

Have IPOs really underperformed? - 09 Dec 2014

Author: Anthony Serhan
Date: 09 Dec 2014

Initial public offerings (IPOs) on the Australian share market should be one of the shining lights of our retirement system

Outlook shows signs of improvement - 09 Dec 2014

Author: Lesley Beath
Date: 09 Dec 2014


Emerging markets' thirst for consumer stocks - 08 Dec 2014

Author: Odile Lange-Broussy
Date: 08 Dec 2014

As populations grow and wealth rises in the developing world, the options for investors multiply

Murray inquiry: Don't panic - 08 Dec 2014

Author: Peter Warnes
Date: 08 Dec 2014

Share prices on the major banks may come under pressure from headlines and probable offshore hedge fund and local short-selling

Spending strategy crucial in retirement - 05 Dec 2014

Author: Christine St Anne
Date: 05 Dec 2014

To have champagne taste on a beer budget is a well-known idiom

2 top resources stock picks - 04 Dec 2014

Author: Christine St Anne
Date: 04 Dec 2014

The federal government's woes were not the only items to dominate the headlines this week

Market Index Performance l November 2014 - 04 Dec 2014

Author: Morningstar
Date: 04 Dec 2014

Click here to download the Market Index Returns table for November 2014.

Westpac's Kelly named CEO award finalist - 04 Dec 2014

Author: Todd Wenning
Date: 04 Dec 2014

In his 1994 letter to Berkshire Hathaway shareholders, Warren Buffett noted that: "Over time, the skill with which a company's managers allocate capital has an enormous impact on the enterprise's value." We couldn't agree more

Why performance-chasing is wrong - 03 Dec 2014

Author: John Rekenthaler
Date: 03 Dec 2014

Vanguard has issued a new (short) report called, Quantifying the impact of chasing fund performance

Market to continue struggle - 02 Dec 2014

Author: Lesley Beath
Date: 02 Dec 2014


5 rules for a smart investment strategy - 02 Dec 2014

Author: Larissa Fernand
Date: 02 Dec 2014

1) Avoid cookie-cutter solutions to your asset allocation Once you get the broad principles in place, fine tune it to suit yourself

Metcash reports 9pc fall in 1H profit - 01 Dec 2014

Author: Nicholas Grove
Date: 01 Dec 2014

Metcash Limited (MTS) on Monday said net profit before one-off items for the half year ended 31 October 2014 fell 9 per cent to $101.7 million

4 top US-dollar stock opportunities - 01 Dec 2014

Author: Nicholas Grove
Date: 01 Dec 2014

A recent UBS report notes that the continued weakness of the Australian dollar has helped the market marginally in local currency terms, despite earnings leverage to date having been "relatively muted"

Medibank lists: What now? - 28 Nov 2014

Author: Christine St Anne
Date: 28 Nov 2014

There was a great deal of fanfare around the debut of Medibank Private (MPL) on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) this week, with Medibank chief executive George Savvides and Finance Minister Mattias Cormann ringing the bell upon its listing

6 tips for assessing bond issuers - 27 Nov 2014

Author: Elizabeth Moran
Date: 27 Nov 2014

Last month I provided the 10 top tips for assessing bonds

Should a portfolio change in retirement? - 26 Nov 2014

Author: Christine St Anne
Date: 26 Nov 2014

Demand has strengthened for annuity and allocated pension products, according to joint research from industry association the Financial Services Council (FSC) and investment bank UBS

Aristocrat lifts profit 10pc to $118m - 25 Nov 2014

Author: Nicholas Grove
Date: 25 Nov 2014

Aristocrat Leisure (ALL) on Tuesday announced a fiscal 2014 net profit before one-off items of $118.1 million, up 10.2 per cent on the prior year

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