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Edition 176

  • 7 October 2016

The other side of the criticisms of banks at this week's parliamentary hearings is that millions of Australians have a vested interest in the banks maintaining their high dividends. Even those without a direct holding have a large proportion of their super in the Big 4. Perhaps it's just as well that proceedings ended in a political draw, while the bank executives left unscathed.

High yields may ignore fundamental weakness

Investors chasing high yielding stocks without considering the fundamentals risk falling into the 'income trap', where weak businesses are eventually forced to reduce their dividends.

Focus on LIC dividend sustainability

There are many LICs with current dividend yields above the average of 4.4%, often fully franked, and there are ways to know whether the dividend is likely to be sustainable. Not all LICs are managed the same way.

Six capital gains tax and depreciation facts for property investors

The tax treatment of depreciation and capital gains from the sale of property are important parts of the economic return, so know what happens when a CGT event is triggered.

Why traditional asset allocators get low returns

Family offices and institutional asset allocators select their fund managers based on different factors, and it influences the quality and outcomes of their decisions.

You want an inquiry? Have one on Australian real estate

There are many questions surrounding the state of Australian real estate - affordability, foreign ownership, housing stock, population growth, and more. Perhaps an inquiry into housing is long overdue.

ASIC creates a level playing field on fees

An explanation of ASIC's new fee disclosure guidelines that come into effect from February 2017. The changes promise to make comparing funds and fees much easier for investors.

What role should hedge funds play now?

After some poor experiences during the GFC, hedge funds offering uncorrelated returns have greater appeal as traditional markets struggle, but don't pay up for simple market exposure.

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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?

A fund manager argues it is immoral to deny poor countries access to relatively cheap energy from fossil fuels. Wealthy countries must recognise the transition is a multi-decade challenge and continue to invest.

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.

Welcome to Firstlinks Election Edition 458

At around 10.30pm on Saturday night, Scott Morrison called Anthony Albanese to concede defeat in the 2022 election. As voting continued the next day, it became likely that Labor would reach the magic number of 76 seats to form a majority government.   

  • 19 May 2022

Keep mandatory super pension drawdowns halved

The Transfer Balance Cap limits the tax concessions available in super pension funds, removing the need for large, compulsory drawdowns. Plus there are no requirements to draw money out of an accumulation fund.

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.

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