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Welcome to Firstlinks Edition 568

  • 11 July 2024
  • 10

As a recent import I've needed to adjust to Australia's retirement system. Not just to the new rules and jargon. But to how super funds are advertised and, quite frankly, how much bigger your retirement pots are.

Welcome to Firstlinks Edition 567 with Weekend Update

  • 4 July 2024

The first half of 2024 showed, yet again, that trying to turn big macro calls into profits is extremely hard. Investors are usually better served by running their own race and controlling what they can control.

Welcome to Firstlinks Edition 566 with weekend update

  • 27 June 2024
  • 18

Here are 10 rules for staying happy and sharp as we age, including socialise a lot, never retire, learn a demanding skill, practice gratitude, play video games (specific ones), and be sure to reminisce.

Welcome to Firstlinks Edition 565 with weekend update

  • 20 June 2024

Following rock star fund managers and trying to emulate their success is likely to end badly for most investors. It’s better to shoot for above average or even average results to achieve your investment goals.

Welcome to Firstlinks Edition 564 with weekend update

  • 13 June 2024
  • 4

The needs and wants of younger generations are transforming businesses, markets, and the broader financial industry. Without understanding them and how they’ll evolve, older investors risk being left behind.

Welcome to Firstlinks Edition 563 with weekend update

  • 6 June 2024
  • 9

Women will be the biggest beneficiaries of Australia’s $3.5 trillion intergenerational wealth transfer. How they invest will shape markets and the wealth management industry in the coming decade.

Welcome to Firstlinks Edition 562 with weekend update

  • 30 May 2024
  • 18

Is size becoming a bigger problem for Big Super? Super funds tout diversification and higher returns for increasing forays into private and overseas assets, but it’s more likely a forced move due to them having outgrown local markets.

Welcome to Firstlinks Edition 561 with weekend update

  • 23 May 2024
  • 4

A new report shows SMSFs are thriving, and trustees have significantly higher confidence about retirement than most Australians. It also reveals SMSFs' use of financial advisers has reached all-time lows.

Welcome to Firstlinks Edition 560 with weekend update

  • 16 May 2024
  • 10

The Albanese Government delivered its third Budget on Tuesday, and we break down the key numbers, policies, and economic forecasts, as well as draw some conclusions, including for superannuants and retirees.

Welcome to Firstlinks Edition 559 with weekend update

  • 9 May 2024
  • 9

Recently, I learned that an investing book I bought for $32 in 2010 can now be sold for at least $832. The question I’m now pondering is whether I should turn a passion for books into a business, or will that just spoil the fun?

Welcome to Firstlinks Edition 558 with weekend update

  • 2 May 2024
  • 4

Microsoft, Alphabet, and Meta will spend more on capital expenditure this year than Australia’s entire private sector. It raises questions about whether the ASX’s dividend fetish may be good for shareholders but bad for the country.

Welcome to Firstlinks Edition 557 with weekend update

  • 25 April 2024
  • 7

First Sentier’s decision to hand $14 billion back to investors is a further sign of fund managers grappling with the exponential rise of ETFs. Yet it comes as the ETF industry may be sowing the seeds for its own future downturn.

Most viewed in recent weeks

Meg on SMSFs: Clearing up confusion on the $3 million super tax

There seems to be more confusion than clarity about the mechanics of how the new $3 million super tax is supposed to work. Here is an attempt to answer some of the questions from my previous work on the issue. 

Welcome to Firstlinks Edition 566 with weekend update

Here are 10 rules for staying happy and sharp as we age, including socialise a lot, never retire, learn a demanding skill, practice gratitude, play video games (specific ones), and be sure to reminisce.

  • 27 June 2024

Australian housing is twice as expensive as the US

A new report suggests Australian housing is twice as expensive as that of the US and UK on a price-to-income basis. It also reveals that it’s cheaper to live in New York than most of our capital cities.

The catalyst for a LICs rebound

The discounts on listed investment vehicles are at historically wide levels. There are lots of reasons given, including size and liquidity, yet there's a better explanation for the discounts, and why a rebound may be near.

How not to run out of money in retirement

The life expectancy tables used throughout the financial advice and retirement industry have issues and you need to prepare for the possibility of living a lot longer than you might have thought. Plan accordingly.

The iron law of building wealth

The best way to lose money in markets is to chase the latest stock fad. Conversely, the best way to build wealth is by pursuing a timeless investment strategy that won’t be swayed by short-term market gyrations.



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