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ATO confirms SMSF global allocation “strongly understated”

Delving into how ATO statisticians compile SMSF data on allocations to global equities shows the information has been misinterpreted. SMSFs are still underweight global, but not as much as analysts claim.

How a Chinese hard landing could play out

A 'hard landing' scenario for China could see many areas adversely affected, with one problem leading to another. Australia would feel the effects of such a downturn but no-one knows the magnitude.

Adapting to buying shares when markets fall

When stockmarkets fall, investors have the opportunity to ‘grab a bargain’, but the panic and negative media coverage that often accompanies a downturn makes it difficult to go against the crowd.

Where do Australian funds sit in the global pension industry?

Australian superannuation funds have experienced almost double the growth of their global counterparts in the last five years, with 16 funds appearing in the top 300 by total assets.

Financial Advisers Register a good place to start

A note from ASIC to Cuffelinks readers regarding the Financial Advisers Register – a comprehensive database of financial advisers’ scope, experience, training and qualifications to assist investors in choosing an adviser.

What are all these fintech startups actually doing?

There is healthy activity in fintech startups across Australia, and many new businesses will come to market in the next few months. What did the audience think when they saw 31 such businesses present in rapid-fire?

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Unexpected results in our retirement income survey

Who knew? With some surprise results, the Government is on unexpected firm ground in asking people to draw on all their assets in retirement, although the comments show what feisty and informed readers we have.

Three all-time best tables for every adviser and investor

It's a remarkable statistic. In any year since 1875, if you had invested in the Australian stock index, turned away and come back eight years later, your average return would be 120% with no negative periods.

The looming excess of housing and why prices will fall

Never stand between Australian households and an uncapped government programme with $3 billion in ‘free money’ to build or renovate their homes. But excess supply is coming with an absence of net migration.

Five stocks that have worked well in our portfolios

Picking macro trends is difficult. What may seem logical and compelling one minute may completely change a few months later. There are better rewards from focussing on identifying the best companies at good prices.

Six COVID opportunist stocks prospering in adversity

Some high-quality companies have emerged even stronger since the onset of COVID and are well placed for outperformance. We call these the ‘COVID Opportunists’ as they are now dominating their specific sectors.

Let's make this clear again ... franking credits are fair

Critics of franking credits are missing the main point. The taxable income of shareholders/taxpayers must also include the company tax previously paid to the ATO before the dividend was distributed. It is fair.

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