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Lex Hall  |  19 Nov 2018Text size  Decrease  Increase  |  
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The debate over Labor's plan to axe cash refunds for franking credits is heating up and topped our most read last week alongside the row about the super guarantee and the growing mistrust of financial advisers.

Divergent views on proposed franking credits overhaul

Australia could be staring down the barrel of skyrocketing corporate debt, a shrinking equity market, and the loss of innovation to non-listed environments if franking credits are scrapped, says Fidelity portfolio manager Kate Howitt. 

Retire in comfort or on the breadline: war over super erupts

Australian retirees can either look forward to a comfortable life after work or face the prospect of rounding out their days in poverty.

Damning statistics confirm scorn for financial advisers

Hard data has emerged to show that trust in financial planners and banks is at a record low, according to the 2018 Financial Advice Report from Investment Trends. 

3 best-in-class managed funds

Fidelity, MFS and PIMCO are the gold standard when it comes to investing in their respective categories of Australian equities, global shares and fixed interest, according to Morningstar research. 

Draconian franking credit plan will spur recession, says Wilson

Labor's "draconian" plan to axe cash refunds for franking credits will ruin Australia's globally esteemed run of almost three decades without recession and tarnish the prospects of retirees and younger generations alike. 

Market dips and superannuation: risk or opportunity?

Many indices fell sharply in October, as the Nasdaq and S&P 500 fell 9 per cent and 5.5 per cent respectively, but even investors approaching retirement shouldn't panic. 

Investing basics: the art and science of valuing stocks - Pt. 2

Morningstar analysts use a discounted cash flow model to predict a company's future prospects and form the basis of this fair value estimate.

Ugly month for investors marks return to normality

October certainly lived up to its fear-driven reputation. It was an ugly month for risk-taking investors once again, conjuring memories of the Great Depression in October 1929, Black Monday in October 1987 and the Global Financial Crisis in October 2008. 

Lendlease undervalued despite dozing at the digger

The market has overreacted to the losses incurred by Lendlease (ASX: LLC), and as a result the global developer and builder is undervalued for the first time in three years, says Morningstar analyst Tony Sherlock.

Royal commission hits Westpac share price outlook

Morningstar banks analyst David Ellis has made a 6 per cent cut to his fair value estimate for Westpac (ASX: WBC) following its full-year cash earnings result. 

    

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Lex Hall is a Morningstar content editor, based in Sydney.

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© 2018 Morningstar, Inc. All rights reserved. Neither Morningstar, its affiliates, nor the content providers guarantee the data or content contained herein to be accurate, complete or timely nor will they have any liability for its use or distribution. This information is to be used for personal, non-commercial purposes only. No reproduction is permitted without the prior written consent of Morningstar. Any general advice or 'class service' have been prepared by Morningstar Australasia Pty Ltd (ABN: 95 090 665 544, AFSL: 240892), or its Authorised Representatives, and/or Morningstar Research Ltd, subsidiaries of Morningstar, Inc, without reference to your objectives, financial situation or needs. Please refer to our Financial Services Guide (FSG) for more information at www.morningstar.com.au/s/fsg.pdf. Our publications, ratings and products should be viewed as an additional investment resource, not as your sole source of information. Past performance does not necessarily indicate a financial product's future performance. To obtain advice tailored to your situation, contact a licensed financial adviser. Some material is copyright and published under licence from ASX Operations Pty Ltd ACN 004 523 782. The article is current as at date of publication.

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