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Lex Hall  |  29 Apr 2019Text size  Decrease  Increase  |  
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Labor's proposed cuts to SMSFs again stoked reader attention alongside our look at ideas to consider if the party's franking plan takes effect, while readers also pored over our examination of ASX200 ETFs.

Forget franking, SMSFs face even more cuts

Labor's plan to axe cash refunds for excess franking credits may have monopolised attention in the countdown to the election but investors stand to lose out even more from other proposals, Australia's peak superannuation body warns. 

These ASX200 ETFs are good but not gold, says Morningstar

A striking feature of Morningstar's ratings for exchange-traded funds is that none of those that track the ASX200 have been awarded a Gold rating. 

Franking debate: 3 alternative ideas to consider

The setting of the federal election date brings into sharper focus the franking debate. David Ellis suggests some alternative ideas to consider if Labor's plan is implemented. 

5 IPO investing tips amid slow but steady start for new listings

Initial public offerings on the ASX posted a mixed year in 2018, and though 2019 has shown early signs of promise, will it be better or worse than last year? 

5 reasons why retirees are embracing ETFs

There are good reasons for retirees to consider exchange-traded fund within their portfolios, beyond those cited by millennial investors, writes Morningstar's Christine Benz. 

Trade deal inertia takes gloss of China exports rebound as Aussie shares surge on rate cut talk

A positive trade solution remains elusive while in Australia easing inflation may force the RBA's hand. 

Economists tip rate cut before federal election

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Weaker than expected inflation for the first quarter of 2019 has boosted expectations the RBA will cut the cash rate when it meets next month. 

Auto group merger tipped to proceed despite AHG caution

The proposed merger of automotive rivals Automotive Holdings Group and AP Eagers would help offset short-term sector weakness by expanding AHG's footprint and car brand coverage, says Morningstar. 

QUAL and QLTY: what's the difference?

The global exchange-traded funds QUAL and QLTY are similar but there are key differences worth knowing as Morningstar ETF expert Alexander Prineas notes in response to a reader question. 

Swiss companies caught behaving badly in ESG survey

Switzerland has slumped in a global survey of company ethics, dragged lower by two of its leading companies, who face accusations of misleading information on baby formula, deforestation, and funnelling money to a disgraced former aide of Donald Trump.

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