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Lex Hall  |  11 Mar 2019Text size  Decrease  Increase  |  
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Our look at who is affected by the franking credits shift drew most attention this week alongside the entry of Pact Group and oOh Media into our Global Best Ideas list, and an earnings update on three wide moat favourites.

Investing basics: winners and loser in franking credits debate

Whether it becomes law or not, Labor's franking credits policy has certainly had a polarising effect, which is set to intensify in the countdown to the May 2019 federal election.

2 more Aussie stocks join Global Best Ideas list

Plastics-packaging business Pact Group and outdoor advertiser oOh Media are the newest Australian names to forge a place in Morningstar’s list of Global Equity Best Ideas. 

Earnings season wrap: how 3 Morningstar stalwarts held up

Brambles, Commonwealth Bank and InvoCare may have had a flat half, but their long-term outlook remains positive, according to Morningstar analysis. 

Earnings season wrap: blue-chip slip stokes slowdown fears

A lacklustre earnings season in which many blue-chip companies reported curbed profit growth is leading some to question whether Australia is heading for an economic slowdown. 

Israeli drones, Luxembourg satellites spark investor interest

Australia's reputation for financial services regulation combined with our $3 billion pool of superannuation assets hold strong appeal for foreign company IPOs, writes Nicki Bourlioufas.

How many share do you need for a diversfied portfolio?

Investing in a fund gives you immediate diversification, but those who prefer picking shares for themselves expose themselves to a greater risk of capital loss. 

Bogle's legacy lives on at Morningstar fund manager awards

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An Australian asset manager known for its late founder's tireless work advocating for individual investors has again been awarded Morningstar's Fund Manager of the Year. 

Investing basics: your guide to franking credits

The inherent complications of the franking credit system – or dividend imputation – partly explain the impassioned debate, along with changes made over the years. 

Managed funds can fall into the bank bias trap too

Investing via managed funds is commonly viewed as a way of boosting portfolio diversification, beyond holding direct shares alone, but even Australia's active managers can be prone to favouring sectors, says Morningstar’s Michael Malseed.

Rio books 2pc profit boost amid miners' coal retreat

A shift away from coal mining by the majors was a key feature of fiscal 2018 and is reflected in Rio Tinto’s 2 per cent jump in full-year earnings. 


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