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In investing, patience is more than a virtue

Investors in share markets should benefit from letting patience and time do the work for their overall returns. The longer the time periods for rolling returns, the less volatile the market appears.

How do unlisted real estate funds generate high income returns?

Part 2 of this two-part series on unlisted real estate funds, or syndicates, looks at gearing, how returns are generated, and the different types of exit strategies.

Just how risky are hedge funds?

The commonly held belief that ‘hedge funds’ are riskier than ‘equities’ isn't necessarily true, depending on what type of risks you want to avoid. A few failures give the overall sector an undeserved reputation.

How to make in-house investment management work

Large superannuation funds are increasingly adopting in-house management of investments. There are many potential benefits, but the decision needs a framework and careful consideration.

Results from superannuation changes survey

The Reader Survey on potential superannuation changes showed again how passionate and engaged our readers are, attracting around 700 responses. Full details with comments show wide diversity of views.

Targeting of superannuation concessions

There are two massive changes to super in the Budget: a $1.6 billion cap on the amount that can be held in super tax-free, and a $500,000 lifetime cap on non-concessional contributions.

Superannuation and the budget (written pre-budget)

The quality of life for retirees and future tax-payers will rest on achieving a fiscal balance between supporting the aspiration of more self-reliant retirees and the continuation of a strong social safety net.

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Stop treating the family home as a retirement sacred cow

The way home ownership relates to retirement income is rated a 'D', as in Distortion, Decumulation and Denial. For many, their home is their largest asset but it's least likely to be used for retirement income.

Welcome to Firstlinks Edition 433 with weekend update

There’s this story about a group of US Air Force generals in World War II who try to figure out ways to protect fighter bombers (and their crew) by examining the location of bullet holes on returning planes. Mapping the location of these holes, the generals quickly come to the conclusion that the areas with the most holes should be prioritised for additional armour.

  • 11 November 2021

Welcome to Firstlinks Edition 431 with weekend update

House prices have risen at the fastest pace for 33 years, but what actually happened in 1988, and why is 2021 different? Here's a clue: the stockmarket crashed 50% between September and November 1987. Looking ahead, where did house prices head in the following years, 1989 to 1991?

  • 28 October 2021

Why has Australia slipped down the global super ranks?

Australia appears to be slipping from the pantheon of global superstar pension systems, with a recent report placing us sixth. A review of an earlier report, which had Australia in bronze position, points to some reasons why, and what might need to happen to regain our former glory.

How to help people with retirement spending decisions

Super funds will soon be required to offer retirement income strategies for members in decumulation. With uncertain returns, uncertain timelines, and different goals, it's possibly “the hardest, nastiest problem in finance".

Tips when taking large withdrawals from super

You want to take a lump sum from your super, but what's the best way? Should it come from you or your spouse, or the pension or accumulation account. There is a welcome flexibility to select the best outcome.

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