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Edition 141

  • 5 February 2016

In 2011, when the S&P/ASX200 fell from almost 5,000 to below 4,000, worried investors were able to switch from equities to term deposits and still earn a half-decent return over 5%. This has not been possible in 2015 and into 2016 as the index has fallen from 6,000 to 5,000, with term deposit rates barely exceeding inflation.

Infrastructure risk factors in the current macro environment

Infrastructure assets range widely from toll roads, ports, airports, power distribution, communications, etc, but there are common risk factors to consider in all of them.

The ‘January effect’ in stock markets

For many decades, stock market performance in January consistently outperformed other months of the year, but before you start planning an arbitrage strategy, that horse has bolted.

Key investment take-outs from Paris Climate Conference

In late-2015 representatives from over 100 countries met in Paris for the UN's convention on climate change. There are key outcomes and implications for investors and their portfolios.

Oil price fall will lubricate economic growth

There's been much media attention on the negative aspects of oil price falls, but some of the benefits are doing more for the economy than the government stimulus package during the GFC.

The most important advice of my career

If the fear of public speaking is compromising your career progression, this breathing technique is definitely worth a try. It helps the body manage the brain instead of the other way around.

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Too many retirees miss out on this valuable super fund benefit

With 700 Australians retiring every day, retirement income solutions are more important than ever. Why do millions of retirees eligible for a more tax-efficient pension account hold money in accumulation?

Is the fossil fuel narrative simply too convenient?

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Reece Birtles on selecting stocks for income in retirement

Equity investing comes with volatility that makes many retirees uncomfortable. A focus on income which is less volatile than share prices, and quality companies delivering robust earnings, offers more reassurance.

Comparing generations and the nine dimensions of our well-being

Using the nine dimensions of well-being used by the OECD, and dividing Australians into Baby Boomers, Generation Xers or Millennials, it is surprisingly easy to identify the winners and losers for most dimensions.

Anton in 2006 v 2022, it's deja vu (all over again)

What was bothering markets in 2006? Try the end of cheap money, bond yields rising, high energy prices and record high commodity prices feeding inflation. Who says these are 'unprecedented' times? It's 2006 v 2022.

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