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Articles from: Macquarie posts 2pc fall in half-year profit, reiterates flat guidance - 28 Oct 2016 to Why it may be time to sit on the sidelines - 04 Oct 2016

Macquarie posts 2pc fall in half-year profit, reiterates flat guidance - 28 Oct 2016

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

NAB's cash profit meets forecasts, dividend steady - 27 Oct 2016

Author: Nicholas Grove
Date: 27 Oct 2016

National Australia Bank's (ASX: NAB) fiscal 2016 cash profit--a preferred measure of underlying performance among the big four Australian banks which strips out one-off items--rose 4.2 per cent to $6.48 billion

5 strategies to prepare for pension assets test changes - 27 Oct 2016

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

Don't depend on central banks for profit - 27 Oct 2016

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

Why Australian investors should consider Japanese equities - 26 Oct 2016

Author: Anthony Fensom
Date: 26 Oct 2016

Japanese stocks have lost ground in 2016, with a rising exchange rate dampening exporters' profits and foreign investors retreating from the market

Wake up and smell the tulips - 25 Oct 2016

Author: Robert Mead
Date: 25 Oct 2016

At the time of the GFC, the RBA cash rate was 7.25 per cent, reflecting inflation above the Reserve Bank of Australia's target band of 2 to 3 per cent

A massive understatement on Australia's economic outlook - 24 Oct 2016

Author: Michael Collins
Date: 24 Oct 2016

The Netherlands economy expanded from 1982 to 2008 due to the ability of this small trade-focussed country to capitalise on the globalisation of that era

Markets seem too quiet for comfort - 24 Oct 2016

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

4 tips to handle any crisis, financial or otherwise - 21 Oct 2016

Author: Tom Stevenson
Date: 21 Oct 2016

On the face of it, there's not a lot to link the management of an investment portfolio with preventing the River Test in Hampshire from bursting its banks or averting the collapse of a key bridge in Sierra Leone

4 things you need to know about the Ingham's IPO - 21 Oct 2016

Author: Nicholas Grove
Date: 21 Oct 2016

If you've ever been in the poultry section of an Australian supermarket, or even indulged at your local McDonald's of KFC, chances are high that you've sampled products from Ingham's, the country's biggest manufacturer of chicken products

Going all the way with ETFs - 20 Oct 2016

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

Tabcorp, Tatts announce $11.3bn merger - 19 Oct 2016

Author: Nicholas Grove
Date: 19 Oct 2016

Tabcorp (ASX: TAH) and Tatts Group (ASX: TTS) on Wednesday said they will merge to create a gambling group worth around $11.3 billion, marking the second such attempt at a tie-up in less than 12 months

Australia's wealthy population shrinks, still ATO target - 19 Oct 2016

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

Australian small caps: Insights from Fidelity - 19 Oct 2016

Author: James Abela
Date: 19 Oct 2016

Over the last couple of years, the small-cap market has remained pretty stable with good growth and a high degree of certainty

Market Index Performance l September 2016 - 19 Oct 2016

Author: Morningstar
Date: 19 Oct 2016

All quiet on the technical front - 18 Oct 2016

Author: Lesley Beath
Date: 18 Oct 2016

Recently a friend asked me what I thought about the US equity market

Why you should invest in the cybersecurity sector - 18 Oct 2016

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

Crown shares tank following China arrests - 17 Oct 2016

Author: Nicholas Grove
Date: 17 Oct 2016

In a statement to the ASX, the company said it believed Crown's executive vice president VIP International, Jason O'Connor, was one of 18 Crown employees that had been detained by Chinese authorities

India and Brazil: On the ground - 17 Oct 2016

Author: Alex Duffy
Date: 17 Oct 2016

"Sell in May and go away, don't come back till Saint Leger Day" is an oft repeated old stock market adage

Pre-retirement trustees have most to lose from proposed super changes - 17 Oct 2016

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

Superannuation takes one step forward and two steps back - 14 Oct 2016

Author: Olivia Long
Date: 14 Oct 2016

In our industry, it rarely seems that common sense prevails

Doubling down - 12 Oct 2016

Author: Bill Gross
Date: 12 Oct 2016

My country club locker room is a fascinating 19th hole observatory where human nature and intelligence often come into conflict

Is an active or passive investment approach best for your portfolio? - 12 Oct 2016

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

Further downside in the gold price is likely - 11 Oct 2016

Author: Lesley Beath
Date: 11 Oct 2016

It has been an interesting time and a bit of a slow process but last week we saw some pretty clear-cut action, as the ASX 20 Leaders/All Ords ratio completed a lengthy base formation

Here's why this ASX energy stock presents an opportunity - 10 Oct 2016

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.

Bank of Queensland's earnings fall short - 06 Oct 2016

Author: Nicholas Grove
Date: 06 Oct 2016

Bank of Queensland's (ASX: BOQ) cash profit for the fiscal year ended 31 August 2016 rose 1 per cent to $360 million while basic earnings per share (EPS) fell 2 per cent 95.6 cents, after the regional lender battled an environment of record low interest rates, market volatility and intense competition for loans and deposits

Asia shines amid global gloom - 06 Oct 2016

Author: Anthony Fensom
Date: 06 Oct 2016

Asia's economic prospects have remained bright amid a cloudy global outlook

Is there a right reason or not for a rights issue? - 05 Oct 2016

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

6 large-cap ASX stocks that look relatively cheap - 04 Oct 2016

Author: Nicholas Grove
Date: 04 Oct 2016

The underperformance of Australian large-cap stocks vis-à-vis their mid- and small-cap counterparts since early 2015 has been widely reported, with falls in heavyweights Telstra (ASX: TLS) , the big banks and the big miners weighing on the S&P ASX 200 Index

Why it may be time to sit on the sidelines - 04 Oct 2016

Author: Lesley Beath
Date: 04 Oct 2016

There's not a huge amount to report on this week but let's jump in and see what is happening in the US and the major European markets

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