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Edition 182

  • 18 November 2016

Wednesday last week showed the dangers of reacting too quickly to unexpected market news. As the US election results came in, the US Dow Jones futures lost 800 points, the S&P/ASX200 fell 4% to 5,150 and a bellwether stock like CBA headed to $69. A week later, the Aussie index was above 5,350 and CBA was almost $77, up 10% from the Trump panic. Money moved out of bonds and into financials, miners and healthcare, and nobody knows where to from here.

Eight key features of successful companies

There's a lot more to identifying great small companies than the financials, and it pays to lift the lid on the underlying characteristics of the best businesses, including the people who run them.

Why is factor investing a ‘thing’?

We hear a lot about 'factors' but what are they? Both retail and wholesale investors are ploughing billions into these new ETFs and managed funds. Do they have a role alongside passive and active funds?

How SMSFs should plan for $1.6m pension cap

Anyone with large super balances should know their choices well before 1 July 2017, although they no longer have to decide how to segregate between accumulation and pension.

Populism and the risks in regulated assets

Infrastructure assets are viewed as 'bond proxies' because they are supposed to have predictable cash flows, but investors should delve deeper into the regulatory risks, especially in a post-Brexit, post-Trump world.

How to improve your personal credit score

It's possible to take action and improve your personal credit score, which can result in cheaper borrowing rates and better access to credit. Don't wait until you need to borrow.

Managing dynamic asset allocation in unusual times

  • 17 November 2016
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Dynamic asset allocation should be exactly that ... dynamic. It calls for amending asset allocations as circumstances change, and that's certainly happening now.

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10 reasons wealthy homeowners shouldn't receive welfare

The RBA Governor says rising house prices are due to "the design of our taxation and social security systems". The OECD says "the prolonged boom in house prices has inflated the wealth of many pensioners without impacting their pension eligibility." What's your view?

House prices surge but falls are common and coming

We tend to forget that house prices often fall. Direct lending controls are more effective than rate rises because macroprudential limits affect the volume of money for housing leaving business rates untouched.

Survey responses on pension eligibility for wealthy homeowners

The survey drew a fantastic 2,000 responses with over 1,000 comments and polar opposite views on what is good policy. Do most people believe the home should be in the age pension asset test, and what do they say?

100 Aussies: five charts on who earns, pays and owns

Any policy decision needs to recognise who is affected by a change. It pays to check the data on who pays taxes, who owns assets and who earns the income to ensure an equitable and efficient outcome.

Three good comments from the pension asset test article

With articles on the pensions assets test read about 40,000 times, 3,500 survey responses and thousands of comments, there was a lot of great reader participation. A few comments added extra insights.

The sorry saga of housing affordability and ownership

It is hard to think of any area of widespread public concern where the same policies have been pursued for so long, in the face of such incontrovertible evidence that they have failed to achieve their objectives.

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