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Top 10 articles of last week

Lex Hall  |  25 Mar 2019Text size  Decrease  Increase  |  
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A look at the holdings of top fund managers dominated our coverage last week alongside Dickie Hodges's bullish take on the stock market and a glimpse under the hood of four automotive stocks offering value.

Go-to stocks for top-shelf fund managers

Oil Search and WiseTech are two notable inclusions in Fidelity Australian Equities' list of top 10 holdings, which is otherwise dominated by names from among the ASX's largest 20 companies.

3 reasons the stock market rally will continue

A relief rally in risk assets seen in 2019 to date will continue through the year amid continued support from central banks, a plethora of cash sitting on the sidelines and a 'Trump put' on equity markets, according to Nomura Asset Management's Dickie Hodges. 

4 auto stocks to consider

Automotive stocks such as General Motors and BMW should generate solid profits and returns for investors albeit at slightly softer levels than last year, according to Morningstar analysis. 

Investing basics: high interest savings accounts

Investing in stocks is often the best way to reach long-term financial goals, but because cash also has its place, we've rounded up some of the best savings rates on offer. 

Investor support heralds return of LICs

Sentiment towards listed investment companies may be on the mend, with upcoming initial public offerings set to test investor appetite. Are the boom times back for LICs? 

Westpac personal advice sale hurts customers, staff but not bottom line, says Morningstar

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Westpac's decision to sell its loss-making personal financial advice business is a blow to customers and employees, but the financial impact on the bank is immaterial, says Morningstar equity analyst David Ellis. 

Franking debate: SMSF peak body backs member expansion

The head of the SMSF Association has backed a bill that would allow the number of members in a self-managed fund to increase from four to six, saying it will help retirees manage Labor’s plan to axe cash refunds for franking credits. 

Sky TV moves deeper into undervalued territory

Morningstar has named Sky Network Television among the most undervalued stocks on the ASX as the company trades more than 40 per cent below what equity analyst Brian Han thinks it's worth. 

Investing basics: winners and losers 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. 

Earnings wrap: Washington H Soul Pattinson, Sigma, Brickworks

Rising coal prices have boosted Washington H Soul Pattinson's first-half profit, while restructuring has taken a toll on Sigma, and Brickworks sounds the alarm on energy costs. 


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