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Welcome to Firstlinks Edition 537

  • 30 November 2023
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Charlie Munger has died aged 99, overshooting with his longevity as he did with his investing prowess. Best known as Warren Buffett's sidekick, Munger was his own man and will leave a lasting legacy for investors.

Welcome to Firstlinks Edition 536 with weekend edition

  • 23 November 2023
  • 6

Stock markets are highly efficient in the long run yet share prices can fluctuate wildly near term. The art of investing is buying quality stocks when they’re temporarily down, and a current blue-chip may fit that profile.

Welcome to Firstlinks Edition 535 with weekend update

  • 16 November 2023
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The tech sector in the US has had a barnstorming year and is closing in on 2021 highs. It’s in bubble territory once again, yet broader markets don't seem expensive and some other sectors seem downright cheap.

Welcome to Firstlinks Edition 534 with weekend update

  • 9 November 2023
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Many people in the Firstlinks community have been reading my articles and editorials for 10 years or more, and worked with me for decades before that, and deserve an explanation for why I have suddenly stopped writing each week.

Welcome to Firstlinks Edition 533 with weekend update

  • 2 November 2023
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Economic data suggests everything is fine in the US and Australia. Yet, the stock market is saying US commercial banks are again in trouble, and if right, that could soon restrict credit and impact economic growth.

Welcome to Firstlinks Edition 532 with weekend update

  • 26 October 2023
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A couple of tiny countries down under with about 0.5% of the global population have four of the least affordable housing markets in the top 15 places in the entire world. We are so preoccupied by housing that a wide range of policy decisions must be framed with accommodation in mind.

Welcome to Firstlinks Edition 531 with weekend update

  • 19 October 2023
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LICs will always have a place but they will never match ETF volumes again. The baggage of discounts, and even large premiums, is too heavy, with three new  announcements. And I describe the biggest loss this year in my own SMSF.

Welcome to Firstlinks Edition 530 with weekend update

  • 12 October 2023
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With the Consumer Price Index at 5.2% in August 2023, it's tempting to think inflation is under control after peaking at 8.4% in 2022. What's your personal experience? And will the Treasury review of the $3 million tax lead to any changes, especially taxing unrealised gains?

Welcome to Firstlinks Edition 529 with weekend update

  • 5 October 2023
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Confirmation bias is seeking information which is consistent with your beliefs, and everyone from fund managers to investors to politicians does it. Treasurer Chalmers uses superannuation balances over $100 million to justify his new $3 million tax but what about analysis of inequality in Australia?

Welcome to Firstlinks Edition 528 with weekend update

  • 28 September 2023
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While many fund managers claim ESG credentials, some go through the motions but maximising returns is paramount. If there's one area they should focus on more, it's a diversity of opinions among their analysts, especially at a time of rapid change in technology, fashions and consumer habits. 

Welcome to Firstlinks Edition 527 with weekend update

  • 21 September 2023
  • 12

A reader showed me an offer they had received from a licenced securities dealer which is totally inappropriate for an inexperienced investor. ASIC needs to review its definition of a Sophisticated Investor which has not changed in over 20 years, including increasing the amounts and removing the home from net assets.

Welcome to Firstlinks Edition 526 with weekend update

  • 14 September 2023
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Residential property price rises have defied most predictions, on the back of surging immigration and a rental crisis. In all 300 pages of the Intergenerational Report, there is no greater inequity than young people denied the access to housing that their parents assumed.

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Australians unprepared for $3.5 trillion wealth transfer

A new report suggests that Australians are ill prepared for the largest intergenerational wealth handover in history. It's estimated $3.5 trillion in assets will be transferred from Baby Boomers to their children by 2050.

Welcome to Firstlinks Edition 534 with weekend update

Many people in the Firstlinks community have been reading my articles and editorials for 10 years or more, and worked with me for decades before that, and deserve an explanation for why I have suddenly stopped writing each week.

  • 9 November 2023

18 rules for ageing well

The rules to age successfully include, 'the unexamined life lasts longer', 'change no more than one-eighth of your life at a time', 'nobody is thinking about you', and 'pursue virtue but don’t sweat it'.

Why the ASX 200 has gone nowhere in 16 years

The ASX 200 is around the same price that it was 16 years ago. The poor long-term performance can be largely blamed on our taxation system, which encourages companies to pay out most of their earnings as dividends.

The challenges of building a lazy portfolio

John Bogle famously advocated a two-fund portfolio of US stocks and bonds. Recently, I tried to create an Australian version of the Bogle portfolio and found that what seems simple can quickly turn complicated.

SAPTO and LITO, or do you really need an SMSF?

Money withdrawn from super after age 60 is tax-free but less understood are arrangements that allows a couple over the age of 67 to earn up to $57,948 per year outside super and pay no tax with LITO and SAPTO.



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